With a pedigree for great covers (see: "Seven Nation Army"), Alice Russell has smashed this cover of Connan Mockasin with James Blake-esque spaciousness and sombre sobriety. Further on she returns to a style that's instantly hers with "Citizens" - jaunty, precision jazz beats that leave heaps of room for Alice's signature emphatics to really smoulder. Finally we hit a jacking D Felic remix of "Breakdown". Featuring absolute soul legend Darondo, we can't wait to hear the original when the album drops later this year. Stunning.
Following a single-track salvo on a split release from the eccentric Play More Terrys label, Hot 'N' Heavy has handed a debut EP to Ian Place. The Washington D.C-based producer takes his chance impressively, delivering a couple of solid, floor-friendly rubs shot through with warm deep house flavour. "Control" features warm chords sprawled over a bumpin', low-end heavy groove and vintage US garage-influenced drums. There's a bit more shuffle to the drums on "Old Fashioned", but it's the sub-heavy UKG style bassline that really catches the ear. A promising debut is completed by a pair of remixes of "Control" from Bob Citrus (snappier and wonkier) and Tone Chaser, Commodore 69 and Fansea (deep house with dub techno influences).