Given that "Dust to Dust" is coming out on Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert's Maxi Discs label, we probably shouldn't be surprised that it's a gorgeously positive chunk of sun-flecked Balearic disco/house fusion. The first single from the previously unknown Professor Angel Sound and the 13th Tribe (not to be confused with the Ninja Tune-affiliated artist of the same name), "Dust to Dust" blends bouncy synths, bubbling bass and saucer-eyed melodies with baggy disco grooves and saucy guitars. "Ashes To Ashes" is similarly sun-drenched, though operates at a slower, groovier tempo. Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert each remix the title track, with the latter's Reverso 68 style interpretation being the EP's undoubted highlight.
Few artists have enjoyed such attention and warm acclaim as Shadow Child. Not just surfing the recent deep house / UK garage wave, Dave Spoon's alter-ego is one the producers that caused the tsunami in the first place. This comprehensive collection of originals and remixes showcases his influences with stark, sharp consistency. Each track deserves a place in all good house DJs' playlists but highlights can be found in the staccato minor key stabs and swaggering rhythm of "The Verdict", the oceanic depths of his stuttering, fuzzy two-step shuffle of "Southsea" and the speaker-shattering Metalheadz homage that is his remix of Justin Martin & Leroy Peppers' "Riding Spaceships". Twenty six reminders why Shadow Child has been one of the most influential artists of recent times, this is essential.