Review: Music for Dreams, the label founded by Kenneth Bager, sets out its stall for the 2019 summer season. It's no surprise that Copenhagen 2019 is a chilled out, unhurried affair. Starting with easy listening pieces from Mike Salta and Phil Mison - the latter's acoustic guitar-led "Morning Lights" is particularly memorable - it moves into low-slung disco courte-sy of the Cheapedits take on Copenema & Thomas Volmer Schulz's "Serei Sei" and the MOR-esque guitar on Rayet's "Marie-Ange" It's sometimes a challenge for chill out compilations not to veer into the wallpaper music category, but Music For Dreams avoids this conundrum with Kojo Antwi's Afro-funk and Djosos Krost's wonderfully dubbed out "That's My Woman".
Review: When Be Svendsen dropped a teaser single for this long-awaited debut album last month, we commented that his productions are becoming far more mature, varied and musically detailed. "Between A Smile and a Tear" emphatically proves our point, shuffling between melodious, mid-tempo Balearic deep house ("Falling"), crackling, jazzy and folksy soundscapes (the brilliant title track), dub disco-influenced wonky synth-pop ("Drop The Gun"), Italo-disco revivalism ("Andromeda"), blissful ambient business (the delightful "Moments"), cosmic rock ("Hazy Eyes") and dewy-eyed, impressively impressive vocal numbers ("October Letters"). In other words, he's finally delivered the album he's been capable of for some time. Don't sleep.
Review: Like a fine wine or a golden-coloured single malt whisky, Be Svendsen's tracks becoming increasingly tasty as he matures as a producer. Gone are the atmospheric tech-house tracks of old, replaced by a series of increasingly expansive and musically rich releases that touch on a wider variety of styles. "Drop The Gun" is a teaser for the producer's forthcoming debut album, "Between a Smile and a Tear", and offers a great example of his continuing development. It's rather good, all told, offering a hugely atmospheric blend of decidedly cosmic synths, hypnotic mid-tempo machine beats, bubbly electronic melodies, crunchy dub disco guitars and a hazy vocal that implores a woman called Jenny to "drop the gun and saddle up the horse when you're riding home".
Review: Fresh from fine recent outings on Music For Dreams, Beat & Path and Earthly Delights, Be Svendson pitches up on Sol Selectas with a chunk of notably percussive and gently tribal deep house. Svendson's original version of "Getula" is particularly impressive, with the Danish producer peppering a dusty, drum rich 108 BPM house groove with exotic instrumentation, humid melodies, dubbed-out electronics and richly atmospheric chords. It's Balearic in feel, but a little more deep and dusty in tone. KMLN provides an even deeper interpretation, where Svendsen's Turkish style instrumentation slowly rises above the kind of dusty, locked-in groove that was once the preserve of Nicolas Jaar.
Review: Throughout his career, Be Svendsen has largely been associated with hypnotic and atmospheric tech-house. For this three-tracker on Earthly Delights, he's decided to do things differently. Opener "Decoy", an exotic mid-tempo chugger full of Persian instrumental flourishes and throbbing post-punk style bass, sounds like the sort of thing you'd hear Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston play at A Love From Outer Space. The same could be said about "Nabia", whose lilting swamp guitar licks and undulating electronics are almost psychedelic (despite the presence of drums straight from the tech-house playbook). The real killer, though, is "Hide", a gentle Middle Eastern/Balearic hybrid that attractively bobs and weaves for 15 minutes.