Review: Guiseppe Moribato dons his Abyss hat for some more deep house adventures, this time on Ben Watt's now veteran Buzzin' Fly imprint. In its original form, "Birdsong" is a delightfully simple concoction - little more than blissful jazz pianos and a few vocal samples attached to a snappy, floor-friendly groove. Yet it sounds fantastic - a real tear-jerking chunk of deep house for the head and the feet. There's a brilliant downtempo version, too (think early Aqua Bassino on F Communications, if you can remember that far back), called the Flowers & Sea Creatures Remix. That's worth the admission price alone.
Review: With Buzzin' Fly approaching the final curtain (the label's last release will drop in June 2013), boss man Ben Watt is in retrospective mood. He's decided to reissue all of the label's early material on a series of comprehensive digital anthologies. This bulging, 34-track collection - the second - focuses on 2005 and 2006. It's something of a time capsule, offering thrilling flashbacks to a time when it was still unusual to find deep house tracks dominating dancefloors (see Justin Martin's excellent remix of Watt's "Love Cat (Holding On)" and Ame's classic rework of Rodamaal's "Insomnia"). Along the way, there are forgotten highlights (a stirring John Tejada remix of Jimpster) and surprising collaborations (Estelle - remember her - hooking up with Ben Watt).