Review: Sasha brings us collection of tracks that have featured in his Spotify playlist series of the same name, which is oriented towards midtempo, contemplative but still beats-driven cuts spanning breaks, ambient and leftfield electronica. While much is being made of this "new direction", a more cynical observer might say it's the first CD of 'Northern Exposure' plus drums; all the same, there's much to enjoy here if you're in a laidback kinda mood, with standouts including MJ Cole's haunting, fractured 'Maestro' and Cortese's 'Circles' with its air of restrained menace. The album also includes two fresh cuts from The Man Like himself, 'Corner Shop' and recent single 'HDNI'.
Review: Fur Coat have unearthed some extremely exciting talent via their Oddity label, giving emerging artists a platform to exhibit their craft. On the label's fourth compilation, experience the melodic and emotional sounds of these fledgling producers, ones that also give their label its recognisable stamp. The first half is formed of well crafted tracks which ease you into the sound, and the second half of the package leans towards darker and more driving pieces. Highlights include: the Kompakt affiliated Julian Wassermann who is typically ethereal and euphoric on the breathtaking "Buried Lakes", Betical serves up a lush progressive house journey on "Colors of Noise", Jody Barr is equally as hypnotic on the brooding mood affair of "Pomegranate Skies" and harness the trance-inducing energy of "Revere" by Hollt towards the end.