Review: Turin label Early Reflex brings about a second fully fledged label compilation taking in a select array of future club producers like Tomu DJ, Katatonic Silentio and Splash Pattern to Sabiwa, Sobolik and a special collaboration between DJ P and label boss Alec Pace. With Berlin's E-Talking opening proceedings with some throbbing Italian techno / UK club hybrids in "Hi Res", Australian producer and DJ Lithe gets downbeat, metallic and heavyset in "Two Face". Warsaw producer Ku Ku is another artist worthy of mention thanks to a warm and dubby vocal trip "Cat Stamp" that sits pretty next to the mellow soul of AURA and YASHA's neon staccato vibe, "For Those Who Still Believe".
Review: Strut's archival remit remains as international as ever, with their latest compilation squaring the focus on late '70s Hawaii on the delightful Aloha Got Soul: Soul AOR & Disco In Hawai'i 1979-1985. Across the backdrop of societal change on the island (statehood into America in '59 and the Vietnam War) Hawaiian youth found inspiration in the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and later Earth Wind & Fire leading to a truly vibrant scene by the mid-'70s. It's after this where Strut pick up the story, bringing together a glorious 16 track collection that spans the genres and suggests Hawaii to be a most fertile location for music during this era. Do take some time to check the detailed sleeve notes from Aloha Got Soul's Roger Bong which offer further context for the music!