Review: Seriously deep and jazzy goodness runs through this full LP from Belladonna, with the gorgeously languid opener "Natural World" setting the tone perfectly - mostly instrumental, chilled and full of exotic instrumentation. Whether flitting between ethno-funk on "Harmony" or techno on "Dreamer", Belladonna makes this a hugely absorbing and rounded set, with the star-scraping minimal rush of "Vienna" definitely proving a highlight.
Review: Some years back, Laurent Garnier's F Communications label released a series of compilations under the title "Megasoft Office". These gathered together deep, groovy and downtempo cuts that made an excellent musical accompaniment to your working day. Irma's latest collection, "Work With Balearic Music", takes a similar approach. Wisely, the storied label group has dipped into their archive of original Balearic-era Italian productions, offering up dream house classics and rarities from the likes of Keys & Tronics Ensemble, Montego Bay, Belladonna, Don Carlos, Notenshun and Soft House Company. Throw in some jazzy downtempo grooves and a handful of recent productions and you have an expansive, on-point set rich in classic cuts.