Andres Vegas & Gota Rai - "La Isla Blanca" - (7:00) 105 BPM
Trujillo - "Brothers Groove" - (6:05) 58 BPM
DJ Dayjob - "Electric Nova" - (4:09) 128 BPM
Review: Get down with the phat beats of DJ Dayjob and the searing synth line of "Electric Nova" to get the party started - Apersonal Music's La Isla Blanca EP is banging! Bringing us back down from the clouds and into the tropics is Trujillo's "Brothers Groove" which stays there, hot and heavy, thanks to the jungle bar atmospheres, jazz funk melodies and baerlic grooves of Andres Vegas & Gota Rai's "La Isla Blanca". With Jona Jefferies lastly dropping in with a lo-fi blend of stuttering synths and vocal melodies, she sees out an EP evenly balanced between the tropics and stratosphere.
Review: Having impressed Balearic sorts with four fine volumes of the "Coastal Soul" compilation series, you'd expect Apersonal Music's exploration of what they call the "lo-fi pop universe" to be rather good. On the whole, it is, with highlights coming thick and fast throughout, from the glistening Hawaiian guitars and gentle dub disco shuffle of Maurice Aymard's "Different Channels" and the lilting trumpets and rubbery dub bass of Jeep's luscious "Goldman Sachs Building", to the sparse tropical synth-pop of Ponzu Island's "Ponzu Logic" and the exceptionally dreamy Balearic nu-disco/slow house fusion of Pablo Bolivar and Sensual Physics' "Base". Whether any of it can genuinely be classed as "Lo-Fi Pop" is open to debate, but there's no doubt about the exceptional quality of the warm and melodious fare on offer.
Review: Thanks to the slowly shifting warmth, gentle breeziness and sun-kissed appeal of the twelve tracks on Coastal Soul Volume 4, we now have a strong desire to kick off our shoes and flop down on the nearest sandy beach. You'll struggle to find a more languid and life-affirming chunk of jazz-funk/deep house/soul fusion than Jimpster's "Closer To You", while Kiss Me Again's gorgeous "Garden Waves" is arguably best enjoyed while sipping something boozy, cold and fruity. Highlights continue to come thick and fast throughout, from the subtly D-Train influenced throb of Jex Opolis's remix of Jules Etienne's "Free As A Man", to the lazy sunset warmth of Andras Fox's hybrid electronic/organic Balearic house take on Ponzu Island's "Super Koto".
Review: Barcelona's Apersonal Music weren't joking when they christened their new rarities compilation Gems From The Vault: Gold Edition. This release is only set to confirm the reputation for quality, with not one duff track to be found. There's seven tracks in total that cover a wide range of ideas - all deep of course - including the bouncing satin-like electro-house of "Malta" by Moodmusic's Sasse, the better-than-lose-yourself-to-dance, funked up New Romantic-isms of "Discofix", the head-trip tech-house vibes of "Omar" by JEEP and the sublime haunted new beat of "Tellem" by Gota Rai & Snres Vegas. Gems indeed!