Review: Predictably, Public Release has assembled a crack crew of remixers to tackle tracks from former 1080p sorts Earth Boys' decidedly cosmic Trail Mix EP. The title track is given two goings over with suitably impressive results. First, Tim Sweeney and Phillip Lauer join forces as T&P to turn the cut into a wild chunk of peak-time acid madness, before Mike Simonetti delivers a take that alternates between saucer-eyed Balearic loveliness and stripped-back, late night drum machine abuse. Elsewhere, Khotin's version of "Big Time" is a glistening and bass-heavy delight, while Earth Boys themselves deliver a colourful, loved-up and insatiably groovy interpretation of "Highway 1". To use a well-worn cliche, this is all killer and no filler.
Review: As this EP for Public Release shows, Earth Boys are experts at creating cosmic house music. It's no coincidence that they are putting out music on the Californian imprint or that their small catalogue also features a record for Canadian space cadets 1080p. Fittingly, the title track is a dreamy, teased out break beat affair that grooves along just below the 120 bpm mark. Featuring stoned vocal samples and tropical textures, it sets the tone for the release. "Big Time" is more direct, but it resounds to dreamy chimes and a loose rhythm, while on "Put me On" has a tighter backing track without forsaking Earth Boys' deep approach. Finally, "Highway 1" brings the listener back to where they started with a jazz sax-infused breaker that conjures up images of marine drives and summer sunsets along the US West Coast.
Review: Since making their debut on 1080p five years ago, Earth Boys (AKA producers Julian C Duron and Michael Sherburn) have carved themselves a niche as creators of dreamy, humid and often psychedelic electronic retro-futurism. They continue to mine this richly mixed-up, saucer-eyed musical seam on "Earth Tones", an album-length excursion that marks their first appearance on Shall Not Fade. Across the eight tracks, the pair treats us to dubby, Motor City-influenced deep space house (the sax-sporting "Sonama"), sub-heavy, breakbeat-driven U.S garage revivalism ("I Just Love It"), weighty early UK hardcore revivalism (standout "Amazon Prime"), jazzy dream house lusciousness ("Earth Tones"), turn-of-the-90s deep house revivalism ("Los Angeles") and immersive, late night dancefloor bliss ("Got It To Work").