Compost Records has decided to trawl back through their expansive catalogue and reissue a number of sought-out or overlooked gems. This particular EP features two killer cuts that should be in the collection of any discerning DJ. First, there's a chance to revisit Todd Terje's brilliant 2006 remix of Felix Laband's "Whistling In Tongues", a humid, marimba-laden Balearic gem full of dreamy vocal samples, shuffling Latin rhythms, slow builds and dubbed-out tape delays. On the virtual flipside you'll find the more familiar - but no less potent - Carl Craig rework of Beanfield's 2004 single "Tides". Built around a bubbly electronic loop and delay-laden drums, the Motor City maestro's remix rises majestically over the course of ten life-affirming minutes.
Back in the early 2000s, Capetown's Felix Laband seemed destined for greatness, with his 2004 full-length for Compost, Dark Days Exit, being an off-kilter Balearic delight. Eleven years have passed since then, with Deaf Safari - an album some three years in the making, apparently - delivering his first material of any sort since 2006. It's something of a tour de force, all told, with a huge range of samples - African preachers, gospel singers, local politicians, blues men and whispering children all feature - accompanying a range of melodious, atmosphere and breezy tracks. It touches on many styles, too - deep house, downtempo beats, ambient, Balearica, deep two-step and glassy-eyed electronica, for starters - but retains a unique perspective and musical voice throughout.