Review: Shall Not Fade welcome back French groove purveyor DJ Psychiatre for another release on their Seasons Series, following up the hugely successful Never Complain EP on sister label Lost Palms. Starting off with the sensual slo-mo boogie of the title track, there's also a throwback to the classic house heyday for the early '90s on the Larry Heard influenced "Fantasies" as well as some Second Summer Of Love vibes of the infectious rave thriller "Summer Hit Ready". Not to be missed is the digital bonus track "It's All Magic", a slinky and emotive late night journey aboard the acid express.
Review: Having previously impressed via an appearance on Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation, Sylvain Creton AKA DJ Psychiatre has been offered a chance to showcase his developing sound via an EP on the Bristol imprint's Lost Palms offshoot. His trademark sound is dreamy, warming and colourful, with immersive pads, shimmering lead lines and ear-pleasing musical flourishes riding tactile house and breakbeat grooves. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the cheery, sunrise-ready shuffle of 'Very Funky, Very Soulful', and the ultra-deep late-night sleaze of 'Never Complain', to the woozy, drifting haziness of 'Keep This Sound Going' and the bleeping, Rhodes-sporting lusciousness of closing cut 'Le Ciel'.
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: 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'.