Review: What better way to celebrate a decade in business than by getting Chicago deep house legend Larry Heard to select and mix a double-disc compilation of label highlights? Hats off, then, to Rebirth, who managed to persuade Mr Fingers himself to deliver his first commercially available DJ mix. As you'd expect from both label and DJ, it's a wonderfully atmospheric and melodious affair, with Heard selecting and blending emotion-rich tracks and mixes from Chromatic Filters, Bocca Grande, NuFrequency, Tevo Howard, Motor City Drum Ensemble and James Teej. The first disc, in which Heard races through 28 tracks in just over 70 minutes, is particularly memorable.
Review: Peppermint Jam have vowed to take their Touch Of Soul compilation series to 25 volumes. This is their fourth installment, compiled by Deepwerk, and there's no sign of the quality slipping. There are 20 tracks in all, each one sticking to the strict 'soulful music' edict. Highlights include the smooth electro-boogie jam, "Dontcha Wanna Dance" by Cool Million feat. Marc Evans, Mousse T's melancholic electro-house rework of "Purple Rain" and the soft focus joy of Iorie's rework to "Freedom Dove" by Autodeep feat. Bajka.