Somewhat surprisingly, 33 marks the debut of both producer Nery, and the Lisbon-based Madluv Records. It's a pleasingly assured and sure-footed first outing, with the London-based studio buff utilizing the creative talents of a range of musicians and vocalists. The result is a pleasingly melodious and musically rich affair that draws inspiration from West London broken beat, nu-jazz, hip-hop, modern soul and Balearica. While these inspirations are obvious, the resultant tracks shift them around and meld them into intriguing new shapes. Sometimes psychedelic, and always atmospheric, 33 is a hugely entertaining concoction that deserves wider attention.
As the title makes clear, this expansive E.P features reworks of Ebb's recent Alive EP, a fine collection of Balearic pop and sun-kissed indie-rock cuts. Most of the versions here barely resemble the source material, though that's not meant as a criticism. The Carreno is LB version of "Silence" borders on exquisite, with the producer turning in an engaging but largely horizontal soundscape, while Panthera Krause's two contrasting versions of "Time" (one informed by experimental D&B, the other gentle techno) are both hugely impressive. For those looking for club-ready reworks, Julius Steinhoff's mixes should be your first point of call. His 'Dub', where EBB's glistening guitars are underpinned by a tactile deep house groove and dreamy chords, is particularly good.