Theo Parrish's Wildheart imprint has seriously impressed since its first release last year. The label's aesthetic is simple: good music. While the previous two releases have featured established artists such as Tony Allen and Dego, this latest EP comes from Living Proof-member, Budgie. Having established himself as an eclectic selector up until now - his boogie-centred sets causing quite a stir on the dancefloor each time we've seen him play out - he comes through with his debut productions for the London-Detroit label. There's no real way to describe this release, where shreds of funk, hip-hop and soul are mashed up so tightly that they've grown a life of their own. In fact, when you hear it through, it almost sounds like one full track; a vibrant and grooving mass of crunchy beats, mesmerising harmonics and devious little samples. We're certainly looking forward to hearing Budgie's upcoming blends of neo-soul. Heartily recommended to fans of most cuts on Stones Throw or PPU.
After his Dego moniker burst back onto the scene with a killer release for Eglo alongside regular cohort Kaidi Tatham last year, Dego is going it alone for Falty DL's Blueberry imprint with just the kind of plush broken beat finery you would expect from the man. "Nuts!" even slips a little bit of Hashim into its slow but dextrous rhythm, but largely the funky Moog bass and sublime chords rule the day. "Could Murder A Burger" ramps the energy levels up while getting into a more circular pattern that opens out once some delectable piano chords worm their way in. The original version of "Celestian Ditton" finds Dego drifting into a more dreamy downtempo mood without losing the forwards momentum, which Falty DL then twists up into a more flamboyant version that stays respectful to the source.