Noted Icelandic composer olafur Arnalds may be best known to many for soundtracking mournful British murder dramas, but his work on Erasing Tapes is as accomplished as that of Nils Frahm, both working solo and as one half of Kiasmos. After last years self-titled debut LP, Arnalds is back with Janus Rasmussen to dive deeper into the plaintive, gossamer-light house territory they so comfortably dwell in. "Looped" swells up in wondrous configurations of Nordic elegance, all lingering piano chords and emotive synth tones to sweep you of your feet. For the remix, Dauwd take a delicate approach that gets plenty of choppy edit processes into the mix without interrupting the stately qualities of the source material, while Lubomyr Melnyk creates an engrossing solo piano reworking of Kiasmos' "Burnt".
Sam Shepherd has long been a master of the kind of ultra-deep, rolling, soft focus deep house that raises the spirits and soothes the soul. Even so, there's something incredibly special about "Nuits Sonores", the lead track from this must-have EP. Based around a deep, tactile groove and blessed with rising synth solos, dancing acid lines and his usual fireside Rhodes antics, the track rises magnificently for 12 spellbinding minutes. As it progresses, further elements make their way into the mix, until it reaches the kind of organic deep house climax that makes even the grumpiest souls go weak at the knees. Flip for "Nectarines", the kind of loose-limbed fusion of deep house sassiness, Detroit techno electronics and fluid jazz drumming at which Shepherd has always excelled.
Permanent Vacation co-founder Tom Bioly first served notice of his production talents with a contribution to Hivern Disc's highly prized Hiverned series, with the Twin Peaks theme riffing "Invitation to Love" a mainstay in the record boxes of Optimo and ND Baumecker. Fast forward a few years and Bioly is back as TB with his first full release, issued on home turf and every bit as potent as that Hiverned cut. Across the four tracks on City Girl, Bioly reveals a real diversity to his production palette with the dreamy title cut complemented well by the more stripped back minimalist thrust of "Nothing Is" and the fluffy "Domino".
Amazingly, it's 25 years since George 'E.A.S.E' Evelyn and then production partner Kevin 'Boy Wonder' Harper sat down and recorded "Dextrous", their monstrous, bleep-era classic on Warp. A quarter of a century later, Evelyn is still going strong, though the grooves have mellowed a lot in that time. Here, Warp celebrate the producer's epic career with a much-deserved retrospective. All the familiar favourites are present, from the rush-inducing thrill of early dancefloor smashers "I'm For Real" and "Aftermath", to the sinewy downtempo goodness of the decidedly Balearic "Les Nuits", the blazed hip-hop dub of "195 Llbs" and stoner soul of "70s 80s". This version also includes a number of exclusive remixes, with names like JD Twitch, Special Request, LFO, Morgan Geist and Loco Dice putting their own spin on this classic material.
Latom Nem Erted, Na Akkor Ujra Elmagyarazom - (3:47) 78 BPM
Afaceri Necurate - (3:07) 99 BPM
Dehughinem - (3:40) 84 BPM
Egyebmierdekeljen - (2:27) 80 BPM
Fej - (2:52) 85 BPM
Formation - (3:18) 108 BPM
1Jus - (2:56) 101 BPM
About Time - (3:05) 93 BPM
Renting - (4:00) 100 BPM
Uj - (3:48) 53 BPM
Philosophical Romanian dub and downbeat explorer Shambala Networks gets busy on his tenth studio album. Taking off where Realms Of Spaces Where No Wars Dwell left us, it's a twelve track adventure that's not dissimilar to early Orb in their prime or Mesmerising The Ultra circa Bassnectar. Consistently emphasising the necessity for naked dynamics and simplicity, highlights include the clinically obese bass and skank of "Hajtsad Fel", the Eno-esque yearning, prolonged synth sighs on "Formation" and the clinical mid 90s breakbeat rolls and snaps of "About Time."