Review: With 19 tracks to choose from covering a variety of styles, it's a case of "Where do we start?" with this one. So let's start at the beginning, with the gorgeous Rhodes (?) licks of Rafael Yapudijan's 'Tropical Feelings', which set the tone for a highly enjoyable collection that's dripping in soul, funk, disco and boogie vibes, mixed together in various combinations, with hints of Latin/Afro/tropical vibes thrown in for good measure as well as the odd excursion into more upbeat and house-oriented territory (see Fray Bentos's 'Risky Track'). Worthy of particular note is 'Funky Pieces', in which Eugenio Fico loops up the Average White Band to surefire floor-filling effect.
Review: DOBRO's ongoing Tape series - so-called because it is also released on cassette - has so far proved to be a reliable source of mixed-up material from a wide range of largely unknown and up-and-coming European artists. The third edition of the series is as strong as its predecessors and contains an alluring mixture of dusty, jazz-flecked deep house (Jan Janssen, the sample-rich, low-slung haziness of Sven Wegner), disco-tinged dancefloor workouts (Stogov), filter-heavy peak-time loop jams (Siggatunez), tooled-up re-edits with a twist (Alexny, Jordan Reece, the rubbery, horn-heavy brilliance of 'Romantic Train' by Cosmoconics), head-nodding MPC beats (Deej of Kooley High) and rushing, shirts-off piano house cheeriness (Dan PM, Sascha Chiminiera and Phonk D).