Review: After releases on Visceral, Forward and Sound Avenue, German upstart Bookwood returns with this nifty three tracker, floating somewhere between deep house and electronica on Berlin's URSL.The 'Nowhere But Here' EP features the glassy-eyed and bittersweet feelings of "The (Un)happy Song" with its dreamy bells and hypnotic vocals captivating you, the hypnotic early morning dancefloor drama of "The Nightcrawler" and ending with the moody, pop-inflected vocal number that is the title track. The latter is a truly mesmerising one, that sounds like a cross between Fink and Julian Stetter - impressive!
Review: Hamburg-Berlin label URSL takes a walk on the deep side with its latest release. Tales From...is imbued with the melancholy spirit of early releases from the Hanseatic city's great platform, Dial. This is audible on "Detuned World", where swirling synths flow over a lazy, laid-back beat and "Uh Yes Oh Yeah" is based on a similar premise. While the drums are more steely and the bass purrs powerfully, the melodies are still lullaby-like and spellbinding, like Lawrence or even Nathan Fake in wonderstruck mode. "Follow" is another emotive sounding jam, but on this occasion Bookwood approaches the dance floor with whispered vocals and warbling acid lines.