Review: Johannesburg-based producer Bruce Loko prides himself on making music that's "far from bog-standard South African house". Here he makes his debut on Freerange with a fine four-track EP that expertly showcases his trademark sound. Leading the line is "The Black Pearl", a spacey, woozy, quietly picturesque and surprisingly hazy chunk of atmospheric deep house/tech-house fusion. "Sacrifice" is, if anything, even more dusty, deep and spaced out - all minor key, lo-fi synth melodies and broken house drums - while "Sunset Over Water" duly lives up to its evocative title. FKA Mash provides a breezier, warmer "Glitch Dub" of the same cut that's arguably even better than Loko's sublime original mix.
Review: The idea behind Diynamic's long-running "Four To The Floor" series has always been deliciously simple, with each successive EP offering up another collection of club cuts that have been extensively road-tested by boss man Solomun. This 14th edition is naturally up to the same high standard of its predecessors. Bruce Loko kicks things off with the dusty house grooves, chiming melodies and evocative strings of "Dimension (featuring Sebee)", before Laroz charges into sweatier peak-time territory via the bassline-driven, cowbell-sporting warehouse sleaze of "Under Your Skin". Super Flu opts for a druggy, slightly paranoid tech-house flavour on future big room favourite "Acumulee" while Matt Sawyer's self-titled contribution wraps jangling Jew's harp and twinkling piano loops over a heady and exotic, Innervisions style groove.