Review: Bristol's Shall Not Fade presents a new DJ mix by Polish producer Bartosz Kruczynski aka Earth Trax, who just last week dropped his third LP for the label - The Sensual World. The 13-tracker saw the Warsaw-based producer prove himself as one of the most versatile and consistent producers in the game. This hour long continuous mix, however, proves his abilities behind the decks and comes also the individual tracks. Some of the highlights not limited to: the understated stomp of Trudge's emotive "When The Rain", the airy electro of Tom Vernon's "Disappear" or the ever reliable Harrison BDP taking you aboard the acid express on "Immortal", as well as the mandatory Earth Trax cuts "Trust Me" (dub mix,) "Fireflies" and "Dream Pop".
Review: While it may have been designed to reflect the evolving nature of the label's sound over the last half-decade, Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation is nevertheless packed to the rafters with previously unheard treats. It begins with a techno-tempo blast of garage-influenced deep house warmth from DJOKO and ends with the dark, squelching and ghostly bounce of Dart's 'Transformations'; in between, you'll find 19 more reasons to be cheerful with plenty of serious dancefloor chops. Undisputed highlights include the crunchy, head-nodding pleasure of GVRL's instrumental hip-hop jam 'Love Game', the angular and acid spiked tech-breaks of Harrison BDP's 'The Powerful Play', the drowsy deep house dreaminess of Mutual Attraction's 'MPC Live Track 1' and the rushing rave revivalism of Baltra's killer re-fix of Earth Boys' 'I'm Not Afraid'.
Review: Brett Henderson AKA Computer Data is clearly one of Lost Palms' priorities for 2020, because this fine EP is the San Francisco-based producer's fourth single for the label this year. It picks up where its predecessor Seele left off, with Henderson first offering up the muscular but spacey deep house/techno fusion of 'Ego' - all energetic synth-bass, dreamy chords, bleary-eyed female vocal samples and bleeping melodies - before opting for a deeper, hazier and more hypnotic vibe on late night house shuffler 'Tonpooleins'. He reaches for the breakbeats on tactile, loved-up workout 'Highball', while 'M-Type' is a jacking, bass-heavy chunk of late-night techno sleaze. The trippy and psychedelic stomp of 'Parametric' rounds of another essential collection of Computer Data cuts.
Review: Earlier in the year, San Francisco artist Computer Data made the leap to Lost Palms with what we believe is his strongest and most impactful EP to date. Happily, we can report that this speedy sequel is every bit as alluring, offering a slightly more spacey and far-sighted blend of tracks. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the ghostly and melancholic hypnotism of techno opener "Seele", and the revivalist deep acid house dreaminess of "Verloren", to the hazy lo-fi techno trip that is "Verlust". Redlined ambient cut "Gleis Veir" is a picturesque delight, too, while "Broken" is a breezy slab of melodic techno positivity.
Review: Since first emerging in 2018, San Francisco artist Computer Data has offered up a handful of decent EPs on fairly obscure labels. This outing on Lost Palms is therefore is his most high profile release to date; happily, he's made the most of the opportunity. Across the six tracks you'll find a range of grooves and moods, from the ethereal, winter-crisp deep house beauty of "Abendrot" and the deep techno hustle of "Baum", to the bleeping, 21st century electro/breakbeat/deep house fusion of "Selbstbesinnungen" and the life-affirming ambient drift of "Healintro". Arguably best of all though is the rolling breakbeat house lusciousness of opener "Keinrussich".