Review: This expansive charity compilation marks the debut of Mostly Cozy, a new sub-label from Honey Butter Records. It's a pleasing confident first outing, with the showcased music - most of which comes from up-and-coming or under-appreciated artists - flitting between sun-kissed warm-up warmth, jazzy, sample-heavy deep house, melodic bumpers and heavily electronic dancefloor goodness. The album's many highlights include the filter-heavy, disto-tinged chunkiness of Justin Jay's 'Red Dress', the boompty-influenced heaviness of 'Just Breathe' by Cassettes For Kids, the ultra-deep house jazziness of Jehan's 'All You Got' and the drowsy dreaminess of Iner's 'Kali Laska'. A fine selection that should help keep us all entertained while we patiently wait for clubs to re-open.
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.