Young Bristol producer Applebottom (aka Joe Arthur) made a big splash a few years ago with his clubtastic debut on Madtech. Since then he's been doing a lot of growing up and with this new one-off, The Ride, he definitely proves that he's come a long way in a short space of time. Having already mastered the club banger, this tune sees him incorporate jazz samples into the mix resulting in a very organic form of house music, laden with atmosphere and hip piano work aplenty. Excellent as always.
Aside from a string of successful EP's on the steady ship known as Toy Tonics, Berliners Black Loops have been nomadic in terms labels, and that just suits them down to the bone given their eccentric strain of house. We love "Cassette 5.1", it's a traditionally driving house tune with big chords and a begrime mentality, remixed here by Ed Herbst into a deeper, more gentle beast. Then there's "Rue De La Paix", a kick-heavy chugger that sits under the deep house umbrella but that does a lot more in terms of style and swagger; Baldo is on the remix duties for this one, dropping a beautiful woozing bass into the mix, accompanied by a Mr Fingers-style synth wormhole.