Review: Legendary label and compilers Cafe Del Mar deliver Terrace Decade Mix! With a contemporary cast of artists keeping the label in the limelight, the sound and feeling of this compilation still very much harks back to the original sentiments of those legendary mixes from back in the day. Headlining numbers include Fritz Kalkbrenner & Thalstroem's (aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse) piano dub to Till Von Sein's "Blueprint" fitting sweetly with the oil drum memories of Mop Mop's "Kamakumba (Simbad dub)". Keeping with the pianos still is Volen Sentir's retouch to About : River alongside some cultural touches of afrocentric styles by wildcard artist Aunti Flo in his remix to Bosq's "Tumbala". '90s Trance plays a huge and effervescent role in Budakid's "The End" next to the spiraling Krautrock and Italo sentiments of Frankey & Sandrino's "Acamar" and other basslines dubs from Mollono.Bass's .Feeling Good". Take it to the terrace - feel good.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise first released the various artists EP 'Funk Originals' back in April 2017; now, nearly three years later, it's back with a new set of remixes. The EP as a whole is very much the proverbial game of two halves: the four original tracks are aimed fair and square at lovers of "new old" funk and soul (think Speedometer, Dap Kings, etc), while the three remixes ('Stand Up' doesn't get one, oddly, but its P-funk/Zapp-isms will delight funkateers nonetheless) are altogether more squelchy and electronic-sounding, and as such will be better suited to broken beat or funk-breaks sets.
Review: Delivering us some stellar remixes over the years with their 2007 DJ Kicks edition and their Bugged Out mix (2009), a new Hot Chip mix or compilation is always welcome - especially in 2020! Fine selectors of immaculate taste, this mix brings us new and exclusive tracks from artists like Beatrice Dillon with the chilled and resonating "Workaround Two" to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's beatless and exotic "Who I Am & Why Am I Where". Added to that list is a deeper and drum laden synth groove from Fever Ray to some contemporary classical and emotive minimalism from Berlin's Nils Frahm. Hot Chip themselves 'chip in' with their own vocal cover of "Candy Says" alongside other contemporary avant pop numbers from Charlotte Adigery and Mike Salta's housey and happy "Hey Moloko". Late Night Tales and dreams from the future. Hot Chip!
Review: One thing we have noticed about the CruCast release model, is that it is perfectly balanced between their more established faces and a constant wave of exciting newcomers. This release pays homage to the first of those options as CruCast roll out the red carpet for an all-star affair as the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, TS7, Tsuki and more come together for a scorching selection of brazen bassy badness. There are some tasty pieces involved, but the ones that leap out the most have to include Skue-K's colourful rework of Bru-C & D Double's 'Heater', along with a vibrant VIP mix of 'Jungle' from Nu Aspect.