Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
DJ Nibc & Hans Berg - "The Clearing" - (7:16) 124 BPM
John Monkman - "Love Won't Wait" - (7:39) 118 BPM
Review: Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but there is no such bad fortune on the latest edition of the Full Body Workout mix. This time, the German label has entrusted the controls to remixer Julian Ganzer - who counts Booka Shade's "Darko" among his reworks - and Javier Logares, who has put out releases for Get Physical and Bar 25. Between them, they steer the mix through reflective, evocative sounds (Doomwork's "DNA"), into tripped out, stripped back house and techno from Mikael Stavosstrand & Cesare vs Disorder and Fabio Giannelli and into the kind of dramatic house that the label is known for, articulated here by the orchestral flourishes of K.E.E.N.E. & Robosonic's "Waters".
Review: It's easy to say that an EP is "impressively varied", but that's very rarely the case. In this instance, though, it's true. The lead cut - a collaboration between Rainer and Serialism label boss Cesare - delivers a delicious late night bumper, all disconnected vocal samples, old skool NYC garage riffery and subtle disco guitars. "27th Room" is a wonky midtempo house oddity, whilst title track "8000 Feet Up" (also available in a Shaun Reeves and Tale Of Us edit format) is a deep, swinging, late night delight. That just leaves "You Don't Know She's A Fox", a delirious slab of low-slung disco-funk/deep house/alternative pop fusion. Eclectic? You bet.