Review: Fur Coat have unearthed some extremely exciting talent via their Oddity label, giving emerging artists a platform to exhibit their craft. On the label's fourth compilation, experience the melodic and emotional sounds of these fledgling producers, ones that also give their label its recognisable stamp. The first half is formed of well crafted tracks which ease you into the sound, and the second half of the package leans towards darker and more driving pieces. Highlights include: the Kompakt affiliated Julian Wassermann who is typically ethereal and euphoric on the breathtaking "Buried Lakes", Betical serves up a lush progressive house journey on "Colors of Noise", Jody Barr is equally as hypnotic on the brooding mood affair of "Pomegranate Skies" and harness the trance-inducing energy of "Revere" by Hollt towards the end.
Review: Guy J's Lost & Found bring us the fifth installment in their annual 'best of' series. The collection's sitting in our Deep House section but, like the label's output generally, would be equally at home on the progressive/melodic pages, with the label boss's two contributions sitting alongside tracks from other well-known names such as Brian Cid, Tantum, Stereo Underground and Roy Rosenfeld. It can all get a bit floaty and epic in places, and tracks like Stereo Underground's 'Space Fields' and Guy J's 'Beast Of Sea' arguably lean a little more towards the progressive techno side of things, but there's still much to enjoy here.
Review: US producer Brian Cid returns to Balance Music following his 2019 Meteorite Man LP! This Cease The Mind triple-packed sees three bassline focused numbers glow in a halo of atmospheric textures, endless grooves and highly electrofied synths. With sustained chords and evolving melodies adding to the luster of the title-track, Brian Cid converges on trance, techno and touch of deep house at large, harnessing the percussive effects of solid tom drums inside the spacey groove of "Open Centre" while the slightly menacing dub progressions of "Field Of Play" call upon themes that inspire both hope and melancholy. True trance.
Review: Progressive house supremo Hernan Cattaneo takes us on a journey to the deep side here, and it's very much the proverbial game of two halves. In the first half, the Argentinian skillfully weaves a path through dreamy midtempo numbers (see Kymatiks' Green Fields & Lemon Skies'), moody, broody synth chuggers (Cattaneo & Soundexile's 'Flair') and full-on ambience (Navar's 'Zion'). For the second half, the dancefloor ante is raised considerably by the likes of Cid Inc's driving Balearic prog jam 'Forgotten' and the chunky, atmospheric 'Mein Sohn' by Subandrio. The deep/prog hinterland has long been Cattaneo's home, and this engaging collection shows why he's one of the scene's most revered selectors.
Review: New York City based Brian Cid appears next for Australian label Balance Music. An acclaimed studio engineer on pop projects in his recent past, he is now driven by a love of club culture and brings a lush and melodic style to the scene - as heard on labels like fabric, Knee Deep In Sound and Get Physical. The Endangered Records head honcho delivers some seriously deep and hypnotic perspectives in tech-house for his full length entitled Meteorite Man: brilliantly exemplified on the slinky mentalist groove of "Quest" or the hypnotic journey down the vortex that is "Limits" awash in a rich tapestry of melody and texture - among many others on this fine release.
Henry Saiz - "Balance Presents Natura Sonoris" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:23:28)
Review: Henry Saiz hails from Spain; he's a music producer who's highly regarded, someone even called him a genius once (although there is a possibility that it was he himself who said it), and here he takes the reigns of the 19th volume in the Balance Presents series. He embarrasses a legion of sham DJs too by weaving a mix that utilises vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel tapes and over 100 field recordings. All the material here is exclusive to this mix and the hypnotic, primal trance-electro-disco-house blend is once heard, never forgotten. A genuine artist at work.