Since launching in the late 2000s, Poland's Exotic Refreshment imprint has done an excellent job introducing home grown house and techno to a worldwide audience. These days, they look further afield for inspiration, and here deliver a second EP from Swedish producers Fragile Signal. Opener "Out Of Reach" is a late night delight, with woozy chords, held note strings and sweaty, delay-laden female vocal snippets riding a sumptuous deep house groove. Dirtytwo give the same track a little classic US house shuffle, before Fragile Signal returns with "2Nite", an even deeper tribute to classic US garage with a 21st century twist. Finally, Oliver Gehrmann remixes that track, delivering an attractive blend of deep bass, dreamy chords, jaunty riffs and bleepy keys.
Having previously plied his trade exclusively on Germany's Toy Tonics imprint, Ricardo Baez pops up on long-running Polish imprint Exotic Refreshment. While much of his previous material has been warm, rich and classic sounding in nature, EP opener "Butoh" is raw and rugged, with waves of electronic melodies and creepy, one-note chords riding a clandestine, tech-house groove. "I Need You" flips the script, offering a deeper, woozier alternative cut built around robust acid bass and whispered vocals. Baez's originals are complimented by a trio of quietly impressive remixes; a bustling, jollier take on "Butoh" from David Jach, and fine, surprisingly immersive deep house rubs of "I Need You" by Edgar Peng and Fragile Signal.