Review: Christian Nielsen is a surprising choice for the Kompakt Extra series: the label would say so themselves!. But they love to surprise your ears and have enjoyed, for some time, his 'outsider approach' to music. In particular with "Hard Times", a peak time melodic monster that bridges the right transitions for when you need it. ?Belgian artist, the Hotflush and Afterlife affiliated Locked Groove presents "Dawn", one of those magical tunes that loop along but evolve with every listen. Intricate drums balance well with lush, minimalistic melodies. The Speicher series is approaching its 100th release. Where it goes, only they know, so savour the flavour while it lasts. ?
Review: In case you're still suffering from the January blues, then the first record of 2015 on 8 Bit will cheer you up. The German label is known for its rolling, tool house and in that respect, Nielsen's latest release is no different from the rest of its catalogue. However, it differs from the normal label sound on the title track, and the gloriously soulful vocals that urge the listener to 'check your head' adds "Something" an extra dimension. "Foxy Foxy" is more in keeping with 8 Bit's typical sound and its swinging groove is full of insistent vocal snatches, surging chords and the kind of niggling percussion that has become the label's staple.