Review: One of the main selling points of Athlete Whippet's first Toy Tonics outing is the pair's distinctive trademark sound, which combines elements of Berlin deep house/tech house with interestingly programmed beats and heaps of UK jazz-funk/jazz fusion instrumentation. For proof, check out the two collaborations with vocalist Aphty Khea, the deep, bouncy and soul-soaked 'Yesterday' and the dreamy broken beat/Balearic boogie fusion of 'Can't Make My Mind Up'. Elsewhere, title track 'Vesta' brilliantly joins the dots between kaleidoscopic synth-funk, driving dub disco and fluid deep house, while 'Fanfa' is a heavily percussive deep broken beat number with a strong Brazilian flavour. In a word: superb.
Review: Athlete Whippet is not one of Peckham's better-known artists, though the fast-rising duo's hazy, dusty and quietly summery take on deep house certainly sounds like comes from the South London borough. Check "Hands Only", the title track from the duo's latest EP. While a little chunkier and bolder than, say, many Rhythm Section International releases, it would sit neatly alongside them in DJ sets. In contrast, "Dreams" is an Italo-disco influenced roller whose inherent dreaminess becomes apparent as the track progresses. Max Graef heads up the accompanying remix package, brilliantly recasting "Hands Only" as a fizzing, Kaidi Tatham style broken jazz-funk gem, before Seb Wildblood serves up a wonderfully warm, loose and languid deep house take on "Other".