Review: UK-based Icelander ILO has a number of underground hits to his name, including a killer rework of New Musik's "Warp", and a notable revision of Grace Jones' classic "Private Life". Here he concentrates on his own production, delivering a trio of tracks tailor-made for dark warehouses, tiny sweatboxes, and illicit rave-ups. First up is the deliciously bass-heavy, early '90s-influenced bump of "Put Of A Jack On It", where sampled, delay-laden vocals weave their way around fizzing percussion and vintage riffs. He delves deeper on the woozy, sleazy and hypnotic "Prayer", before rounding off a fine EP with the thunderous acid bass, hissing Detroit techno cymbals and occasional floatation tank chords of "Hiddenlane".
Review: Olafur Breidfjord aka Ilo put out a well-received artist album back in 2001, before promptly vanishing for 15 years. The Icelandic artist has re-surfaced lately, and it is fitting that one of his comeback EPs is on Rekjavik label Lagaffe Tales. The title track is an unusual combination, with Ilo mixing up spacey vocal samples, found sounds and rolling but mid-paced drums. It's a catchy, infectious affair, and it's hard not think of turn of the millennium artists like Zero 7. "Miracles" is more dance floor-focused and sees Breidfjord combine a powerful bass with gorgeous filters and more effortless vocal samples. It makes for a beautiful, musical release.
Review: A warm welcome back to impressive Icelandic producer Ilo, who here makes his first appearance on Colombian imprint Nomada Records some 11 months after his last outing on Tensnake's True Romance label (the must-check "Restart" EP). As you'd expect, he hits the ground running with EP opener "Home", a driving chunk of organ-sporting peak-time goodness rich in jazzy guitar flourishes, restless disco bass, cut-up female vocal samples and snappy machine drums, before upping the tempo on the equally jazzy but more undoubtedly more bass-heavy house workout "Whatever It Takes". The organs return to the fore on the deeper, woozier and altogether hazier "The Horns", while closing cut "Do Better" is a deliciously sleazy, percussive and sub-heavy late-night jack-track smothered in hissing, jazz-style cymbals.
Review: Six years has passed since Tensnake established the True Romance label, so this retrospective "best of" is arguably long overdue. The ten-track set is naturally dominated by his productions, with highlights including the dreamy Italo-disco revivalism of "Hello?", the slap bass-propelled Balearic disco cheeriness of "All In All" and the seductive electronic sensuality of "Desire". Elsewhere, there's another chance to savour Tiger & Woods superb mid-tempo proto house meets Italo-disco revision of Sunrise Highway's "Some Kind of Fool", a deserved airing for Phil Gerus' synth-laden jazz-funk workout "Make Time" and some stellar disco-house from T.U.R.F (the excellent "Never Get Enough".