Review: When French fashion designer Vanessa Seward launched her summer collection earlier in the year, the catwalk show was accompanied by previously unheard music from Bertrand Burglat's Tricatel label. This expansive EP showcases those tracks, many of which seem to have been inspired by the designer herself. Check, for example, Burglat's two-part "Vanessa's Way", which gleefully joins the dots between vintage lounge music, easy listening disco and the rubbery bottom-end bounce of dub disco. Chassol's "En Femme Francaise", featuring a delicious bilingual spoken word vocal and Air style lounge music flourishes, explores similar territory, while Anita Lane's "Do That Thing" is a prime chunk of sleazy, string-laden disco. Arguably best of all, though, is the rip-roaring disco-punk madness of Burglat's heavyweight "Lightyears (Cool & Bright Vanessa)".
Review: Fresh from a few fine outings on his own This Is Not Happening label, Daniel Goldstein AKA Lane 8 returns to Anjunadeep, a label he's been associated with for the past six years. The headline attraction is undoubtedly title track "Field", a wonderfully evocative, sunny and positive chunk of synthesizer-laden Balearic house rich in childlike melodies, morning-fresh electronics and life-affirming chords. Ryan Davis provides a deep and hypnotic tech-house take that's available in short and extended formats, while Goldstein's own extended rework of "Field" is notable for its deliciously blissful, stretched-out breakdowns. To complete the package, Goldstein joins forces with Tinlicker for two versions of the trance-influenced, melodic house throb of "Anthracite".
Review: Staffordshire's Rich Lane made some serious waves recently with slo-mo Balearic bomb "Shelves" getting serious plays from the likes of Emperor Machine and Tronik Youth. For his latest release (on a split EP) he's chosen to present a cool, linear re-edit of A Split Second's 1986 classic "Flesh" - originally a faster punk record, it famously gave birth to Belgian New Beat when DJs played it at 33rpm and slowed to -8. Also included is returning '90s hero Peza (Lee Perry) with a reworked version of No More Nightmares - now stripped back to a slow acidic chugger.