Thanks to the success of his recent Rendezvous EP on Lost Palms, Michael Baltra is a producer on the rise. It seems as good a time as any, then, to re-release last year's in-demand Rearview EP. This edition not only boasts both untitled tracks from the original 12", but also a bonus track in the shape of "O'Neal", a fine chunk of loopy, filter-heavy peaktime house built around samples from a woozy '80s AOR pop gem. While impressive, it's "Untitled (A)" - a chunky, club-ready deep house cut with Motor City techno percussion, chiming melody lines, tropical textures and saucer-eyed vocal samples - that's really floating our boat. "Untitled (B)", a stomping but woozy chunk of late night dancefloor bliss, completes a fine package.
Craigie Knowes is a weird and wonderful leftfield disco label based in Glasgow. How weird you ask? It's pretty out-there, but then all the best music has nearly always been so, and that's fine by us. This various artists EP, Knowes Universal Broadcast, features five tracks, the shortest of which is seven minutes long. That would be "Fade Away" by Baltra, a lo-fi distorted acid jacker, Highfield Casuals deliver the dreamy and melancholic "Highfield Daze", whilst Natureboy Gold rocks it harder with the slammin' Fairlight/303 orgy, "Prozac Test". Lastly Stephen Simpson delivers "Qaua", a heavily percussive, sub aquatic groove machine.
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