Review: Whisky Disco invite a trio of fresh faces to their ever-growing talent troupe for the Disco Darling EP. Andy Ash takes the lead with a loopy, strutting slice of sample-laced house that wouldn't go amiss in a Mark Farina set while Vincenzo De Bull & Halve Soul lower the tempo, invite us on a Balearic picnic and insist we gobble up huge chunks of Sade's "Cherry Pie". Deeper into the EP we find firm label friends Rabo & Snob laying down a velvet bed of Rhodes and vocal harmonies before the final label newcomer JP Source plays a slo-mo game of sample patty-cake with loopy disco mischief.
Review: Alan Fitzpatrick's label has put out music by household names like Gary Beck, Darius Syrossian and Sasha, but it also deserves praise for releasing Vortex. The work of upcoming producer A.S.H, it's not hard to understand its appeal. The title track is a rolling tribal groove that unfolds to the sound of jungle sub-bass and sinister, building riffs. On "Stranger Things", the newcomer also impresses; led by niggling percussion and a tearing rumbling bass, it maintains a menacing edge despite the use of shimmering chords. According to Fitzpatrick, there's plenty more to come from A.S.H - for fans of effective warehouse techno, it's great news.
Review: Put on your gladdest of drags and hit the main thoroughfare; for his debut album Reynolds is taking us to town and he's doing it with serious sonic style. Down To The Strip is a hazy, dusky balmy LA Miami night circa 1985. An album built up around the warmest filters, clever samples and velvet synths cruising at a smooth mid tempo and surprising with plenty of twists in the tale; highlights include the bending chords and slouching breaks of "Hold On", the sublime hypnosis of "Under The Moon", the strange jazzy spring of "Oh!" and the Roule style loopy finesse of "Chuggin Edits". Time to strip things back.
Review: Liverpool-based deep house imprint Scenery is usually on the money. This split EP, featuring two tracks apiece from regular Andy Ash and newcomer Circular Rhythms, is another strong prospect. Ash offers two distinctly different cuts; the intoxicating, bubbling "Dub 2" - a delightful fusion of twinkling, wide-eyed synth melodies, toasty chords and shuffling dub-house drums - and the piano sporting, upbeat "Distribution Theory", which sounds like some long forgotten early '90s Italian deep house gem (think Keytronic Ensemble). Cicrcular Rhythms goes deeper into after-party territory with the becalmed and hypnotic "Untitled Document", before indulging in some analogue fetishism on the wonky, acid-tinged "Circumflex".