Review: Rio producer Carrot Green gets a rare chance to shine with a full solo EP courtesy of The Magic Movement. Unlike most re-edit types, this guy prefers to conjure up more original productions, four such tracks are here, all of which reveal a deep and meandering textured sound. "Duress (Psyche mix)" starts things real slow with a sultry body music belly dance, "Marruero" is a deep Latin lullaby whilst "Dance Das Criancas" takes us up a gear with some livelier boogie synth (the Oceanvs Orientalis mix adds some extra trancey noodles). "Zulu" meanwhile is a winning slice of sensuous Balearic-nouveau. Classy!
Review: Hailing from Rio De Janeiro, producer Carrot Green's latest offering his a house prayer, literally a "Novena". The title track manages to combine a hypnotic funk with a nocturnal spiritualism. Elsewhere "Leadbelly" boasts a deep Chicago bassline thrills with Afro overtones, while "Novena" is chopped and housed up by DJ Butcher.
Review: For the latest ChopShop missive, label boss DJ butcher has taken a back seat in order to let his roster shine. This third installment in the Summer Is Early series pits four re-edit heroes against each other for a disco bloodbath with no losers. First up Situation tackles the immortal Betty Davis Eyes riff on "Kim Sun", while Carrot Green ventures down Mexico-way for the Latino acid disco of "Me Recuso". Fingerman channels some vintage Larry Levan vibes on "Boogie Beatdown" before The Silver Rider wraps things up the funky guitar and slap bass frenzy that is "George Gio Metro".
Review: A decade has passed since Tom Bioly and Benjamin Frohlich launched their Permanent Vacation label with a compilation of the same name. This fourth instalment sticks to the same formula as its' predecessors, serving up evocative, emotion-rich music that's tickled the fancy of Bioly and Frohlich over the last two years. Predictably, there's much to enjoy throughout, from the hammock-fresh laziness of Carrot Green's dreamy "Vodou", and the instrumental, Balearic synth-pop of Fantastic Man's "Seaside Special", to the tribal drums, jazz bass and ghostly chords of Benedikt Frey's "Lucid Dream". They predictably finish with a flourish, following Mapache's hallucinatory deep house shuffler "Let Me Sleep", with the dubby Balearic beauty of Suzanne Kraft's blissful "Tiles".