Review: Five tracks here coming from that nebulous zone where deep and progressive/melodic house cross over and blur into one. The standout for this reviewer is 'Born Sleepy', which actually achieves the kind of big and epic feel that so many records of this ilk strive for and miss - a few festival spins from the right names and this could be HUGE! Elsewhere, 'Pacific Visions' itself owes a debt to the likes of Moroder, Robotnick and Baldelli, 'Surfline' is bleepy and twitchy and could find its way into minimal sets, while 'Cafe Tropical' is a beefy sundown groove in its original form before being given a stripped-back, percussive rerub by LA-based Turbotito (real name Filip Nikolic).
Review: Cooper Saver is a Los Angeles-based DJ and producer, responsible for Far Away - a roaming party, cassette mixtape series and radio show on Dublab. He's spent a handful of years developing his sound as a busy remixer, most recognized for frequent remixes for DFA Records. It's only until now that his own original work is beginning to surface, following up tracks on Permanent Vacation is his debut 12'' on Prins Thomas' esteemed Internasjonal imprint. Features the dusted down yet still dirty acid jack of "Hill Street Beat". The ever impressive Brit Mat Karmil (Endless Flight) goes deeper on his rework of the track up next, then this is followed by the tunnelling EBM/techno crossover of "Star System" - which gets reworked by label boss Thomas with more dancefloor dynamics on his respectful remix.
Review: Cooper Saver is based in LA, but on the evidence of this release, it sounds like his spiritual home could be Rimini or even Holland's West Coast. This is largely due to "The Search", a pulsating slice of Italo disco that features the breathy vocals of Indra Dunis from US space dubsters Peaking Lights. The title track is also suitably ethereal, and it sees Sav-er lay down a gentle synth solo over warbling pulse, like Vangelis jam-ming with Giorgio Moroder. "Hypnotic Beat Tool" is the only divergence from this theme, but its skeletal drums and percussion are supported by a soaring electronic bass.
Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation are back with the fifth installment of their annual compilation which also marks the longest ongoing series of the imprint. 12 exclusive tracks from old heroes and new stars that strike the full musical spectrum of the label's sound. From blissful percussive balearica (Beesmunt Soundsystem - "Yayang") , hypnotic house (Julian Stetter - "Pearl"/Chloe's "Through The Bells) , fun loving disco (Perel - "Angelika") to dubby affairs (Sascha Funke - "Kaleidoskop") , emotional electronica (Personal Message - "Nightmare In The Daylight") and glistening cosmic magic like on "Theme For The Lost World".