Formerly known as Natureboy back in the late '80s, veteran DJ Milo Johnson has resurfaced as DJ Nature in the last few years. Here he delivers a mini album of sorts, that's packed full of his kind of thing. It's deep, thoughtful and jazzy - just like old times. It's a varied bag, highlights of which include the throbbing pulse of "Dance", the free flowing jazz guitar jam "No Talk" and the mellow disco stomp of "Fool 4 For Love". Smooth!
Ooh la la! Those saucy Frenchies can't help injecting their disco with a bit of funky fornication. Think back to the '70s and Emmanuelle and all that Moog-drenched soft Euro porn, it's the kind of thing Sebastian Tellier has been digging for years. Here's some more Gallic explorations of this vintage world where handlebar moustaches and lipglossed lips (amongst other things) collide. Highlights include the dizzy analogue grind "Porn", the distorted almost -neo soul jam "Sexy Soul", the Timotei advert vibes of "Goodbye Lullaby" and the George-McRae-on-ludes-isms of "Don't Outstay Outside 2 Night". Foxy!
Electronica wizard Lars Leonhard appears on France's Ultimae with a stunning addition to his fast-growing discography. The guy can do just about anything - drone, ambient, shoegaze, you name it, and this time he's in a rather feisty mood, combining sparse beats with twisting drones and meditative sound effects. Check the title track, though - it's the crowing jewel.
New York techno club The Bunker expands operations with the launch of a new label The Bunker New York. Despite the calibre of artists that have played the club over the years, includes Regis, Silent Servant, Marco Shuttle and Peter Van Hoesen in the past 12 months alone, the first release from the label opts to highlight one of the "characters who lurk in the shadows of the party" in the shape of Leisure Muffin. A Bunker regular otherwise known as Michael Hopkins, Leisure Muffin's music is produced with a modular synth setup and is described by the label as a "modern take on kosmische music". Apparently produced last year as Hopkins looked after his dying mother, the record is supposedly influenced by early Warp Records artists like Seefeel and Autechre, as well as Drexciya, Coil, and recent Morphine retrospective subject Charles Cohen, with whom Hopkins has previously collaborated.