Review: Few DJs have more experience of providing the soundtrack to Balearic sunsets than Chris Coco and Pete Gooding. It's perhaps fitting, then, that they've compiled and mixed this second installment of the Gecko Beach Club (based on Formentera, Ibiza's little brother) mix series. This bulging digital package contains a mix from each (Coco's is defiantly hazy and downtempo, Gooding's packed full of tactile deep house), plus their selections in unmixed form. There are some real gems to be found, from the sun-kissed simplicity of Seu Jorge and Almaz's unfussy cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", and Blackbelt Andersen's spine-tingling "Mann Pa Mars", to the wide-eyed Balearic house goodness of Gooding's own "Malibu", and the bassy strut of Waifs & Strays' "Remedy".
Paloma (Eduardo De La Calle remix) - (7:51) 126 BPM
Paloma (Quina remix) - (6:06) 122 BPM
Review: For this EP on Culprit, tech-house type Javier Ondura has decided to take a different approach. Paloma sees him join forces with Swedish duo Bambook for a collective trip into Balearic deep house territory. "Paloma" may boast his usual tactile, shuffling drums, but it's the dreamy, delay-laden vocal samples and undulating, sun-bright electronic melody lines that catch the ear. Bonus cut "Bundunga" inhabits similar territory, with the threesome cannily combining glistening pianos, twittering new-age synth melodies, and tasty deep house grooves. Those looking for more stripped-back late night offerings should check the remixes of "Paloma" by Quina and Eduardo de la Calle; the latter's dubbed-out techno interpretation is particularly good.
Review: Liverpool institution Circus are back with another volume in their Moments series. Home to residents such as the legendary Yousef and not to mention the new breed: Lewis Boardman, Kydus and Scott Lewis amongst others. This compilation of surefire tech house artillery will bring the vibe of the revered club to your sound system right now. Highlights not limited to Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince" (given a sleek and slinky remix by Leeds hero Darius Syrossian), Material Series head honcho Mihalis Safras on "Santuro" (delivering the druggy main room adrenaline as always) and of course the return of Carl Cox with "Time For House Music", given a makeover by resident David Glass which has that boompty and looped up Latin vibe that's reminiscent of classic DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter: loved this one!