Review: Having had success with some killer electro-boogie influenced singles, Australian producer Inkswel now rolls out this eight-track mini-LP. There's no old tracks featured here and its makes sense as the 80s boogie influences have largely given way to a darker, more warped and frankly more interesting take on things. Tracks like "Australiaborialis", "Circle Jerks" and "Stardusted" are just messed up, slo-mo loops with off-kilter hip-hop grooves. Totally weird and totally brilliant!
Review: It's clear that Australian Inkswel is of the electro-boogie persuasion and here's three tracks to prove it. "Do It" is catchy and crisp with lovely mid 80s synthpop vibes, "Tu Machito" is pure old skool electro and "LFO Bounce" is a fantastic b-boy drum box workout. Funkineven beefs up the latter hissy percussion and more melodies than you can shake a synth at.
Review: A bit of a coup here for the Hot Shot Sounds label as former Virgo Four producer Merwyn Sanders teams up with that man Inkswel on a heavy hitter featuring a pair of killer remixes. Quite how this collaboration came about is unclear, though it's nice to see Sanders back on the mic after the somewhat contentious circumstances surrounding his departure from the Virgo Four project. Those familiar with Inkswel's productions will know what to expect here, with three cuts of prime Australian drum machine music that is lent further dashes of soul by Sander's distinctly fragile tones. GB and Linkwood step up with some great remixes of "Eternal Freedom" - the former's ascendant take is a highlight.
Review: Some four years on from their last collaborative outing, Chicago legend Merwyn Sanders (formerly of Virgo Four) and Aussie adventurer Inkswel join forces for another cross-Pacific hoedown. In its original form, "Each Other" is a deliciously percussive affair, with Sanders sweet vocals (whose lyrics call for unity in the house community around the world) gently rising above a hybrid electrofunk/deep house backing track that's particularly infectious. The accompanying remix package is exceptionally strong, too, featuring two fantastic revisions apiece from Henri Le Blanc (a bouncy, analogue-rich peak-time house 'Remix' and a Kwaito-inspired "Afro Remix") and Sanders himself, whose "Old School Mix" is a killer chunk of revivalist Chicago acid.
Review: Tokyo Dawn says that this third volume in their deep house-flavoured compilation series, "The Move", was designed to "free your mind, body and soul". It's certainly packed with suitably soothing, sensual and life-affirming fare, from the dancing saxophones, organic grooves and sumptuous vocals of Goldiva's "Strangers Tonight" and the ultra-deep, broken house brilliance of Lyric L's "There You Stand", to the shuffling tech-house/soulful house fusion of Budda Sage, Walkman and Exorbiant DJ's "Supernova (featuring Paul B)". Other highlights include the neo soul-influenced bliss of The Grey Area's "Sorry" and the Posse's tasty remix of Inskwel's sublime J to the C hook-up "Edible Pyramid".