Review: Bent is one of the most seminal 90s duos in all of electronic music. After more than a decade and a half out of the game, the quirky outfit is back and has a whole album's worth of new music ready to go. First though, we're treated to this new package of remixes of one of their singles. Enduring UK champ Ashley Beedle goes first with a nice groove that captures lazy afternoon summer vibes perfectly. As you'd expect, Crazy P layer in cosmic rays of melody while the ever excellent Nail goes for a rollin deep house version with ear worm pads and vocals. The Somethin' Sanctified mix is for when you head indoors and begin to get down on the 'floor.
Review: The legendary Cafe del Mar mix series continues just like it would if it was still the golden era of chill out, lounge time sessions circa-1997. Spearheaded by tracks from Route 8 and Till Von Sein, get your instrumental and broken beat Balearics from Kinobe - in all its cinematic glory - to a classic 7" disco mix by Electribe 101. Tip! Quantic gets a mention through the Spanish flamenco styles of "Si, Si, Si" next to some ambient trance featuring Fatboy Slim in "The Voice Of Experience". Whether you're an old school head deep into the Budda Bar sound or a young digger trying to relive that classic '90s approach to calm and bliss, Cafe del Mar never disappoints. Legendary as always.
Review: After celebrating their landmark 40th anniversary last year, long running Ibiza-based institution Cafe Del Mar are back for the next annual compilation in their series. Cafe Del Mar Chillhouse Mix XII does exactly what it says on the tin, and quite frankly no one else quite does it better. Highlights come from: legend Ian Pooley on the bumpin' late night groove of "Puzzled", Montreal staple Fred Everything getting the remix treatment by the ever reliable I:cube on the ultra deep sleaze of "Barbarella" and British nu-disco heroes Bent also getting a low slung rework by the mighty Ashley Beedle on "Friends". Elsewhere, Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD keep "Cool But So.." by Detroit first wave pioneer Alton Miller in a typically soulful and emotive form with their perspective, while Chicago staple JT Donaldson delivers perfect mood music as always with his remix of Dirtytwo's "Hopeless" and Ron Trent showing us all exactly just what 'deepness' really is all about on his stunning version of Tevo Howard's classic "Without Me" feat Tracey Thorn - an oldie but still a goodie!