Review: During the UK's first lockdown earlier in the year, Jordan Rakei decided to don his occasional Dan Kye alias - used once previously, for an EP of dancefloor-focused cuts on Rhythm Section International back in 2016 - and create a sparkling set that would cheer everyone up. He;'s certainly achieved that with Small Moments, an eight-track set of loose-limbed, inventive and atmospheric club cuts that variously joins the dots between deep house, techno, broken beat, jazz-funk, Latin grooves, jazz-house and his usual effortlessly soulful flavours. It may well be winter, but it's one of the most sun-kissed releases we've heard all year - a brilliant collection of immaculately produced, vividly imagined workouts with real clarity, atmospheric and depth. Do yourself a favour and check it out ASAP!
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.