Digital Block (Phasen 2015 remix) - (7:04) 120 BPM
Off The Cuff (feat Refurb - Karol XVII & MB Valence Loco remix) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Flossin' (Loz Goddard remix) - (6:39) 117 BPM
Digital Block (original mix) - (7:15) 120 BPM
Here we have a selection of reworked jams by Floridian depth explorer Phasen. The linear, contemplative title track, "Digital Block", has been given a new makeover by Phasen himself, turning out a mid-tempo seven-minute excursion into moody slow building slice of electro-house. Elsewhere, Karol XVII & MB Valence's remix of "Off The Curb" takes in breathy tech-house with a totally winning ascending-and-descending melodic motif that will stick in clubbers brains for weekends at a time. Finally, Loz Goddard turns "Flossin'" into a deep chunky shuffle, rounding up a varied and rewarding remix package.
The 47th release on the popular UM imprint comes from Australian producers Luka Sambe and Filter Bear, who seem to have been inspired by the long, drawn-out sunsets and alfresco dancing of Ibiza. There's something decidedly Balearic about "Libido Season", a shuffling, tech-tinged groover blessed with snaking clarinet lines, plucked flamenco guitar, yearning vocal snippets and rich chords. The Qmusse remix dispels with some of these elements, instead offering a tactile, nu-disco influenced deep house vibe, while Phasen goes for an overdose of sun-kissed pads and toasty live elements on a deliciously breezy rework. Finally, Sambe and the Bear drop "Knee Pads", a jaunty deep house gem bristling with classic influences and a curious spoken word vocal.
It's time to lock up your daughters as Fetish drops a collection of harder-edged techno. AG-KW drops the industrial stomp of "Phasen" and Brad Lee's "Visions In Shadow" sounds like mid-90s Lost/Cosmic broken beat tribalism jacked up on angel dust. That's not to suggest that "Our Fetish" is a senselessly banging compilation. Indeed, many of the tracks are much weightier and more intense than much faster tracks and veteran producer Kai Randy Michel's mixture of bleak minimalism and searing acid on "Labyrinth" is a case in point. However, if you are seeking something less abrasive, then "Fetish" also delivers, with Mattias Fridell dropping the hypnotic metallic groove of "Permanent Disorder".