Review: The latest offering on Owen Jay's Batti Batti label features a cast of characters doing different but equally excellent things within the realm of deep house. Acasual is up first, presenting a reflective tour through lingering chords and swirling pads perfect for rainy spring days, while Tominori Hosoya goes one further with the soul-stirring ambience of "Thinking Of The Days". Kiddmisha & Apoena then set light with the restrained but utterly on-point depth charge "Dancin", and then Jonno & Tommo round the record out with the sultry "Mystic Feelings", making this a complete package of high grade house music from the heart
Review: Autoreply offshoot Stuga Musik welcomes back Apoena, who hails from Porto Alegre, capital of the Rio Grande Do Sul state in southern Brazil. His first release for Stuga Musik - Falando Serio - was championed by the likes of Baby Ford, Willie Graff and Jus-Ed among others, the latter proceeding to release the self-titled Apoena album on his own Underground Quality imprint earlier this year. As an accomplished musician of many instruments and nationally renowned reggae artist, it's no surprise he knows a thing or two about making a killer record. Here he steps up with "Mover", a warm, hypnotic floor-workout that references the early pioneers and is equally suited to peak time or early morning play. The second cut "Cooler" displays layer upon layer of colorful emotion whilst showcasing the artists love for vintage keys and analogue synthesis.
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Review: Hot on the heels of Och's epic "Stops Out" EP for fledgling Autoreply offshoot Stuga Musik, the impressive boutique London imprint returns with this double dose of dancefloor moodiness from Apoena. Hailing from Porto Alegre, capital of the Rio Grande Do Sul state in extreme south of Brazil, the producer shows a knack for combining the deep sounds of house and techno with a Latin flair for rhythm and percussion. "Nuvem" kicks things off with shuffling snares riding along tension filled chords and a locked-in groove. But it's the title track "Falando Serio" that takes the cake for us here, with warm chords and claps forming the backdrop to a killer drum pattern. A subtle beast.