Review: Last seen (and heard) collaborating with Hesselberg on Nazca, Dandara is a Switzerland-based producer best known for combining heavily electronic deep house with live percussion and elements of tropical music from Africa and South America. His latest EP for Sol Selectas follows a similar trajectory, moving between Innervisions-esque fare (fine opening cut "Atumbe"), looser and more percussive vibes (the warm and toasty "Caracal", which includes some rather nice electronic melodies) and the kind of spiritual house warmth more often associated with "Moja". Each cut comes with an accompanying remix. They're all strong, though our pick is Kilk and Frik's wonderfully tropical deep house take on "Caracal". It's a touch slower than Dandara's original mix but arguably twice as good.
Review: We delve into the undergound sound of Leszno here, as Poland's Exotic Refreshment serve up Chapter 4 in their 'Time Traveler' compilation series - pretty impressive given that Chapter 1 only landed in May! With 13 cuts coming mostly from up-and-coming artists (Badin Brothers, Luca Bacchetii and Red Axes being better-known exceptions), it's quite a wide-ranging selection, but generally speaking we move inexorably from slow-moving, experimental deep house cuts like Ulises's 'Pewunguen' and Dandara's 'Y Bot', to more overtly floor-friendly jams, often - as in the case of Enoo Napa's 'The Eclipse', Shimza's 'All Alone' and Mozaik's 'Clerka' - with a proggy/melodic twist.