Review: Forget Berlin: it's all about neighbouring Leipzig these days and local imprint A Friend In Need are here to prove it on Leipzig Only 02. "Blinds" is up first with the classic Larry Heard vibe of "Cloud City" which was a pretty awesome exercise in deepness if we do say. There's nothing daggy about Napoleon Dynamite's uplifting nu-disco jam "Altei" which would make even Jay Shepheard stand up and notice. Label head honchos Lootbeg & Nova Casa serve up what could be the EPs finest moment on "Introduction" which was wonderfully emotive and bittersweet, with its life affirming strings, melancholic keys and dusty drums. Finally Zacharias goes chasing the ghosts in the analogue machines to stunning effect on "Across The Cosmic Gardens".
Review: Hailing from Leipzig, DJ Lootbeg is the man behind the 'house gems and deep vibes' label, A Friend In Need. Here he presents a sizzling selection of up and coming names from the roster. Highlights include the deep n' jazzy sleek houser "The Trip" by Blinds, the cloudy electro-pop of "Kalsarikaennit" by Lootbeg & Iami and the quirky, squelched-out acid house of "Silver Shiver" by Zacharias.
Review: While it has become increasingly fashionable to champion hissing, crackle-heavy deep house, Leipzig label A Friend In Need has been repping the style longer than most. Here they enhance their credentials via a fine nine-track compilation. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the pitched-down Detroit techno/hazy deep house futurism of AEZKVLAP's "Ande" and the acid-flecked Balearic house hiss of Lootbeg's "Cheeeers" [sic], to the Larry Heard-on-happy pills bliss of Rowvn's "Is It Real", to the dirt-encrusted, redlined fuzz of Blinds' "South Memphis", which reminded us a little of Shall Not Fade's most memorable moments.