Review: After some brilliant material by the likes of Re.You, Greece's DJ Angelo and DJ Qness & Lazarusman, the ever reliable Connected (run by legends Stereo MCs) returns with this impressive four tracker by Berlin's Christoph Deckert. With past appearances for the likes of MoBlack, Chapter 24 and Scatcity, Deckert is a perfect fit here and delivers the goods in style on the riveting "1-1", an arcane and tribalistic ritual for the rainforest. Particularly impressive on here is Frenchman Parsifal (Kinesen) and his contribution, whose majestically moody reinterpretation will take you deep into the aether in the vein of Life & Death/Afterlife material.
Review: The Connected label is a joint venture between Terranova and Stereo MCs and it celebrates three years in operation with this fine compilation, featuring new remixes of the label's catalogue. First up is a dreamy, offbeat take of Re.You's "They Vibed" by Olaf Stuut, with Reboot's version of Aaron's "Entropy" featuring Hazel and Carolina Melean following in a similar vein. Tim Engelhardt's dreamy, tranced out take on David Mayer's 'Drained" ups the tempo, while Moscoman's edit brings a deeply hypnotic dimension to David Mayer's percussive "Movement". The compilation is also notable for the fact that it features new material from Stereo MCs, with the breathy vocals and tranced out tones of "Light At" showing how far they have come from their original rap days.