Famously, George Evelyn's Nightmares on Wax project is the only surviving link to Warp's early days as a bastion of Yorkshire house and techno. Of course, the Leeds native left that style behind years ago - though, interestingly, two tracks on this belated seventh album ("Eye (Can See)" and "Tapestry") touch on soul-sampling house - instead turning his attention to slinky downtempo grooves. For the most part, Feelin' Good sticks to the plan, offering up slow, laidback, summery fusions of soul, dub, funk, instrumental hip-hop and string-drenched Balearic moods. It's something of a return to form after a string of so-so sets, recalling Evelyn's two greatest moments, 1990s' downtempo classics Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Parisian 'post D&B' producer Naibu is already on his second single since his recent album release. The experiments into atmosphere continue abound with "Decay" being hauntingly austere dub-hop with a beguiling sense of menace and a poetic vocal catharsis to boot. "Just Like You" incorporates elements of electro-pop and broken beat with maudlin synth waves and breathy vocals from Key. Future-classy as always!
10 years on from its initial release, Groove Armada's contribution to the Anotherlatenight series gets a new lease of life. For those searching for deep, downtempo and vaguely Balearic fare, it's well worth a look. While Groove Armada's mix is enjoyable enough, it's the unmixed tracks that are most worthy of attention. Amongst the familiar classics (Kleer's boogie classic "Tonight", Mr Fingers' "Can You Feel It" and Metro Area's "Muira"), you'll find hot curiosities from the likes of Shuggie Otis (the decidedly acid-fried "Strawberry Letter 23"), Loose Ends ("Feel The Vibe"), Good Together (forgotten super-deep house jam "Work It Out") and Don Ray (the heady disco grooves of "Standing In The Rain").
S-Tone Inc is the nom-de-plume for established multi-instrumentalist, Stefano Tirone. Immersed in music since the early 80s and professionally releasing albums since the 90s, Tirone has amassed a large body of work over the decades. Here he takes time out to rummage through the vaults to cherry pick the most interesting and rare works, originally considered lost but now destined to see the light of day courtesy of his long-time record label home, Schema Records. The most recent of these tunes ("Mass Distraction", "Wise Up") reveal a new, guitar heavy, downbeat and dubby direction.
In a collision of creative minds, Art Department have seemingly curated this release which sees Martina Topley Bird covering The XX's "Crystalised" with help from past collaborator Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees fame, as well as some instrumental input from Warpaint. The end result is a raw fusion of loose drums and prominent bass heavy with groove and rich in chemistry between the twin vocals, not to mention pleasantly free from sheen. There's also a sizable wedge of remixes from Frankie Knuckles as Director's Cut, Agoria and Deniz Kurtel, who all fashion the original into varying degrees of safe and sturdy house music.
Second time around for Hans-Peter Lindstrom's decidedly Balearic, prog rock-tinged Late Night Tales selection, which first saw the light of day back in 2007. This time round, it's been given a gloss of new paint in the form of a sparkling digital remaster. While this is all well and good, the selling point remains the Norwegian producer's excellent, left-of-centre selections. There's another chance to check his own cover of Vangelis' "Let It Happen", classic Balearica from Fearn Kinney and Carly Simon, acapella action from Todd Lundgren, freestyle ambient jazz-funk from George Duke, a slew of forgotten prog rock faves and a brilliant dub track from Oslo mates Prins Thomas and Todd Terje ("Reinbagan").
In its original form, "Don't Go" is something of a curiosity; a midtempo deep house track masquerading as an atmospheric chunk of late night pop. Jesse Lee Davis's vocal is strong, and perfectly compliments the shuffling, tech-tinged backing from 11 Inch. There are three remixes, all of which take the track further towards straight-up dancefloor territory. There's a slither of warm deep house from Wave Crushers, a woozy and a slightly cosmic slo-mo house version from Deepwerk and Ralf-E. Best of all, though, is Harry T James' version, which turns the track into an eccentric but beautifully produced chunk of low-key soulful pop.
Rock The Beat (feat Ashley Slater) - (3:47) 89 BPM
Flow - (3:52) 100 BPM
Tonto Rides The Gain - (3:47) 100 BPM
Electronic Sound Pictures - (3:44) 97 BPM
Pronounce Your Shit (feat QnC) - (3:44) 96 BPM
Live My Life - (2:43) 86 BPM
Blue Light - (4:25) 107 BPM
Air Force One (feat Andre Espeut) - (4:02) 103 BPM
You Are The Fire (feat Amie J) - (3:34) 96 BPM
Bossa No Var - (2:18) 85 BPM
Some Strange Folk - (4:13) 75 BPM
Shine So - (4:25) 132 BPM
The Parade - (3:00) 129 BPM
Multi-instrumentalist Jon Kennedy hails from Stockport but has taken his unique DJ/production/drumming talents around all the corners of the globe, and even runs his own label, JKF. Now we have his long-anticipated new album and it's impressive stuff. Packing 15 tracks, it's a well-rounded release with an bluesy electronica feel, laced together with raw cut-up beats. Well worth checking out.
The cosmic partnership of Mat Anthony and Mark Jenkins has been a long and fruitful one. Last year's album As The Crow Flies still keeps on giving on every listen but that hasn't stopped them from serving up yet more exciting fresh material. "Fireflies" is the most upbeat of the set; twinkling with a Lindstrom style guitar arpeggio. "My Brother's Keeper" is much more languid in its nature, slouching on a silky smooth double bass line and majestic harp flutters. "Lune d'Afrique" is a mainline hit of harmonic heroism, conducted by an insistent kalimba. "Sympathy" closes the show on a wistful note; all pastoral guitars psychedelic moans. Beautiful.
Through his various releases on Internasjonal, Buzzin' Fly and Mirau, Neil "Mano Le Tough" Mannion has done enough to suggest that he has a great album in him. Even his most dancefloor-centric deep house cuts, such as the much played "Stories", come complete with emotion-rich melodies and bags of heady atmosphere. It's these two characteristics that shine through most on Changing Days, his long-mooted debut album for Permanent Vacation. Largely downbeat in mood and tempo, it bristles with atmosphere and inventiveness, weighing in somewhere between teary-eyed deep house and glacial electronica. As debut albums go, it's pretty darn good.
We've previously explained that this German label is named after a mythical surfboard move. This move has inspired their whole musical ethos, although we're not sure how this sits with having their music remixed. However, that is indeed what they have done here, getting the best of their back catalogue rejigged by a host of new talent. There's 14 track here that touch on dubby retro scratch-beat ("Green Tea Funk"), jazzy key-fests ("Danube Bird") and even dub n bass ("Beware").
Emotional Rescue reaches ten releases and their second to be defined as a "cosmic classic" though that doesn't really do The Dream by The Ganges Orchestra full justice. Discovered and championed by a young Daniele Baldelli, The Dream mixed duggis, shenai, tabla, conga and guitar through Indian raga and European rhythm structures to create a unique musical vision. Long known to more open minded collectors and DJs, the whole EP has long been sought after and staple of many sunset and sunrise experiences. For this reissue, Emotional Rescue take it further with a longer version, previously unreleased track "The Calling" which is essentially an ambient version of "The Dream" and has been extended especially for this release by The Invisible Hands. In addition they also provide a short edit of the original releases 24 minute epic "Meditasian".