Given that money from all sales of this release go to the War Child charity (an institution that fine Scottish imprint Craigie Knowes has been supporting since its inception), it would be easy to recommend buying it regardless of the quality of the music contained within. Happily, it's a brilliant EP full of fabulous cuts that you really should own regardless of the release's philanthropic intentions. Check, for example, the fluid, off kilter, subtly disco-tinged brilliance of Mark Du Mosch's "Flyyying" [sic], the deep and spacey electro lusciousness of William The Squid's "Arab Sun" and the heavy analogue wonkiness of jack-track specialist Jared Wilson's "Pulsewidth". Arguably best of all, though, is the twisted acid house psychedelia of Eluize's breath-taking closer "L.L.L".
To celebrate a decade in the game, Exotic Refreshment is releasing a sequence of EPs containing never before heard tracks from the vaults. Palliate steps up first with the quietly creepy and intoxicating "Aishe", where Arabic strings, psychedelic guitars and hazy Middle Eastern vocals wrap themselves around a hypnotic, tech-house groove. Haft makes great use of melancholic clarinet lines on the rolling and atmospheric "Otable", while Malbetrieb and Mintz successfully join forces for the low-slung late night delight that is "Osmosis", where fluttering synthesizer lines and far-sighted electronics rise above a chunky and occasionally sweaty groove. To draw a fine EP to a close, Constantijn Lange serves up a wonderfully evocative, piano-laden deep house rework of Eluize's "Symmetry".
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