Review: Gottwood Festival's offshoot label, Gottwax, returns to action, this time showcasing the wares of artists who appeared at their 2016 weekender. Appleblim steps up first, expertly wrapping alien synthesizers around a heavy bassline and clattering machine percussion on the low-tempo thrills of "Phosphene". Leeds-based house producer Bonar Bradberry goes all Daniele Baldelli on the kosmiche chug of "Mod", before Krywald & Farrer lay down a killer jazz-house jam built around rubbery double bass and a famous old hip-house breakbeat. If that wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, the EP also includes a fantastic chunk of global deep house fusion from Heist Recordings regular Ponty Mython.
Review: Justin Jay has quietly amassed an impressive discography over the last seven years, delivering a mixture of high-grade techno, tech-house and deep house cuts. On his first outing for Shall Not Fade offshoot Lost Palms, the Los Angeles-based producer cannily concentrates on the deeper, warmer and more atmospheric end of his trademark sound, bouncing between dusty, sample-rich jams (the S3A style quiet jazziness of 'Where Didya Come From?'), up-tempo deep space electro ('Lost Boy'), bumpin' and immersive deep house melodiousness ('Questions') and off-kilter, decidedly psychedelic post-IDM electronica (the acid-fired 'WTF Dude?'). We'd also recommend collaborative crew cut 'Ramen With The Boys', a deep and dubby excursion where Benny Bridges, Krywald and Farrar all lend a hand.