Lee Burridge's elusive new label Tale + Tone has impressed us with its smooth grooves of late that came courtesy of equally mysterious producers such as Newman, Lost Desert and Cornucopia. However, Berlin legend Daso finally presented as someone a little bit more familiar - even if it had been a while since we last heard from him! Now they have called in Los Angeleno duo Dance Spirit, who combine Reagan's formal music and computer programming training with Chris's burning passion for dance music and DJing to create a duo of true synergy. They've had a strong run of releases recently, on tastemaker labels such as Superfreq, Supernature and Sol Selectas: so go figure! "Wash Me Clean" (original version) has all the hallmarks of parent label All Day I Dream: slow burning syncopated rhythms, ethereal pads, lush orchestral arrangements and in this case - some life affirming female vocals for good measure.
This EP from the previously little known Habischman is jam-packed, so we'll leave the niceties and crack straight on. The title track is a curious concoction, all space pop synths, folksy vocals and vintage synth-pop chug. It might not grab you on the first listen, but give it a few spins and you'll soon be hooked (even if the vocal sounds like it's not been produced properly). Bonus cut "Closer" offers a more straight-up nu-disco flex with deep house nous, guaranteeing floor-filling capabilities. There's a bulging remix package, too, with Martin Dawson's bleep-heavy atmospheric deep house rub and Douglas Greed's bleep techno-goes-pop excursion most impressing.
It's a trans-continental collaboration as Finland's Kiki and Israel's Chaim question the effects of love. Ably assisted by vocalist Cari Golden, the duo return to the early 90s for influence with a pumping house groove, replete with old school keys and hardcore-evocative bells underpinning Golden's observation that 'love don't pay the rent'. Such existential considerations are put aside on "Clap II Thizz", a rolling groove littered with urgent, squealing saxophones and stuttering vocal snippets. But the remixes do revisit the theme: Chaim's version offers an esoteric feeling with the vocals sounding ghostly and detached, while Kiki's take is more ominous as building chords support Golden's contention that "we ain't got no flame".
Vincenzo needs little introduction: the veteran producer and DJ from Hamburg has been a fixture on the scene for years, releasing his distinctive brand of deep and techy house on a number of labels. A stalwart of Poker Flat, he teams up with the talented Los Angeles chanteuse Cari Golden for this killer three track EP which includes "Never Go Back" a deeply evocative groover for the late night with some killer chord progressions. Smash TV aka Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner takes the track and head into deeper territory aimed squarely at the after hours.
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