Despite the pretty bling name, Nick Monaco's music suggests that he's more Dalston Basement than West End. The deep and hypnotic, vocal chant-houser "Private Practice" is a perfect teaser for forthcoming LP Mating Call, suggesting that this veteran of labels like Dirtybird and Soul Clap has perfected his own form of evocative house. There's also an unplugged (or "unclubbed") version included as well as jazzy deep disco number "I Can't Breathe Without You", which gets a tribal overall by Wolf + Lamb themselves.
Prolific LA beat-maker Ringgo Ancheta has christened himself Mndsgn, which is pronounced Mind Design. However with a name as fun as his own, we're not sure why he needs to change it. What we do know is that he's delivered his debut long player via Stones Throw. It features 12 tracks, all recorded "in a state of bliss" and it shows -each track revelling in gentle, quiet joy, each of which show him to be one of the LA beat scene's most intriguing new talents.
Shifting Peaks are slowly but surely carving out a niche in world of bass, and they're doing it their own way. Although Working Girl have a vaguely urban sheen, their heart is deep in the electro-pop world of the early '80s. No bad thing with us, as "Sailing West" sounds like Howard Jones as produced by M83. Elsewhere highlights include the '80s prom flick new wave of "Naomi", the fizzed-out Prince-isms of "Aqua Neue" and the totally awesome moody Miami Vice-ish instrumental "Breathing Sand & Glass".