Italian producer Adam 'Ad' Bourke's previous EP for Five Fold, 2013's Prequel, was something of a treat for fans of deep, cosmic, stargazing house. This belated follow-up ploughs a similar furrow, fixing Detroit-influenced chords, melodies and textures to ultra-deep grooves and shuffling, tech-tinged rhythms. While the smooth, intoxicating "Divvy" is arguably the choice for dancefloor plays, it's the more adventurous downtempo moments that really stand out. Chief among these is the piano-laden beauty of "Naked Eye" - an unashamed blast of Balearic ambience with a whisper of Italo-disco in the looped synths - and "Driving Flow", a deliciously melodic composition that melds dreamy melodies and heady synths with soft-focus electronic rhythms.
It's been a while since we were last treated to a fresh release from Airhead, but now he's back with a four tracker for long time cohort James Blake's 1800-Dinosaur imprint, which finds his wayward beat science spanning all kinds of moods and tempos. The lead track sports some house-orientated signifiers but there's still plenty of room for grubby bass and off-kilter percussion without sacrificing the groove. "Shirin" meanwhile flexes a grime attitude over some loose rolling drums with a hand played feel that offsets the plastic string stabs perfectly. "Shekure" has greater links to the earlier Airhead output, keeping things sparse and fractious while the tense atmosphere reins supreme, and then "Hundred Years" delivers another swerve loaded with powerful pads and tweaked out hip hop vocals.