Review: There aren't many producers out there who have something in common with the Pope, well Chateau Flight does.. He's from Vatican. The similarities most definitely stop there though. 'Kounka' is a trippy journey through afro-acid, psychedelic, and progressive. It sounds like a musical experiment at a toxic energy plant with the most crazy of fills, effects, and bizarre noises of electronica. This is one to save for the early hours to really twist up your crowds, or simply for inspiration and those messed up after parties. Loose yourself, open up your minds and dive on into this weird and wonderful world.
Review: Versatile offer something a little different from the norm here, as they present the results of a collaboration between label regulars Chateau Flight and French ensemble Le Cabaret Contemporain, who came together to record two live covers of pieces by minimalist composer Terry Riley. Recorded in the Vogue Studio in Paris, both "Persian Surgery" and "Desert Of Ice" were recorded in a single live take, and capture the hypnotic quality of Riley's originals whilst adding contemporary electronics which straddle the line between the dancefloor and the experimental realm. Surprisingly good stuff.
Review: Permanent Vacation's Safari series has previously done a great job in mixing overlooked gems and forgotten highlights from the label's expansive back catalogue, with previously unreleased material. Two years on from the release of the second volume, the Munich-based imprint revives the (successful) formula for a third selection. With a rather grandiose 29 tracks to choose from, there's plenty to enjoy, with Permanent Vacation's usual dancefloor-minded eclecticism providing all manner of stylistic shifts throughout. Standout tracks include Kool DJ Dust's brilliant 808-electro workout, "Platonic Lover", the Balearic wooziness of Candyblasta's "The Ocean", a suitably big and bouncy rework of House of Wallenburg by Marcos Cabral, and a stunning chunk of vintage Chicago house revivalism from Beautiful Swimmers (the excellent "Excited").