Review: The young Knowledge Is Power imprint returns with a sultry VA compilation, put together with a noticeable care and attention to detail, and spanning just about every genre worth vibing to at the moment. We got a selection of new talent, too, with the likes of $D$ making his debut with "St Dreamer", a trap-leaning experiment sampling Mobb Deep, followed by Drime's gritty, grime-filtered "M Dance" riddim. Aranha's "Radium" is deep and subby, recalling some neo-stepperz business, while Rafe's "Direct Circuit" pushes the grime stabs out, and Umpah's "South Weezy" takes that same inspiration on some next sci-fi tip - TIP!
Review: The latest instalment of Crosstown Rebels' long-running Get Lost series comes from odd German deep house/tech house fusionist Acid Pauli, a man who looks more like a hairy Open University geology lecturer than a top-flight DJ. Reflecting Pauli's own style, the compilation's 41 unmixed tracks touch on shuffling, eyes-closed deepness, tactile techno, dream house and tongue-in-cheek silliness (the brilliant space-pop of "In My Spaceship" by Jan Turkenburg. More impressively, there are a string of previously unseen exclusives, including excellent tracks from Nicolas Jaar, Nu and Acid Pauli himself.