Belgian minimal deep house imprint Vlek are back with an offering from their new supergroup Baleine 3000 featuring label stalwart Lawrence Le Doux, French DJ Afrojaws and Japanese MC Illreme (Mister Saturday Night). Story has it that Le Doux met Osaka's Illreme in the late noughties while looking for a Japanese MC. They collaborated over the years sporadically but the interest fizzled out and the results laid dormant on a hard drive for several years. Thankfully Le Doux revisited the results and they will now see the light of day as an official release, compiled by the aforementioned DJ Afrojaws. Vlek themselves describe The Nap LP as "a slice of international oddball rap, full of dreamy beats and vinyl fuzz."
Another splendid collection of nocturnal dub abstractions courtesy of Portland based Kevin Palmer on his own suitably titled Working Nights imprint. The Twisted Ladder EP features four tracks of truly sombre, dust coated, emotive deepness. Take for instance the jagged off kilter groove of the title track: it's first half tripping all over itself like an early Theo Parrish style beat until evolving into pure hypnotic bliss. Next up "Robert Damiens" is raw warehouse techno if we've ever heard such a perfect example. Its lo-fi, tape saturated aesthetic is dragged through abrasive, rough delay and reminiscent of Marcel Dettmann's early experiments until those uplifting vocoder harmonies come in. Finally the deconstructed deep house of "The Astrarium" is further testament to his dusk 'til dawn aesthetic. Final track "Post Pressure" is a digital exclusive for those of you who couldn't snap up the vinyl version limited to 300 copies!