Review: Canadian legend Fred Everything has been heading up the esteemed Lazy Days imprint for the last decade and a half. 'LZD XV' sees the Montreal-based operation deservedly celebrating this milestone across - you guessed it - 15 tracks. Features more mood music than you'll ever need in one place, with some right classics from a who's who of industry talent: Danish stalwart Trentemoller appears with his glitchy electro house remix of Everything's "Friday" featuring Vanessa Baker, the worthy addition of Bananza Music boss Marko Miltano's smooth vocal deep house number "Down So Low", and then Everything notably teams up with Windy City legend JT Donaldson on "I Said". Elsewhere, heroes of the Dallas underground Brett Johnson & Dave Barker get down with some boompty business on "On The Highway" and closing it out is the label chief, once more, with Mantis Recordings chief Atjazz on the sensual "Back Together".
Gavin Boyce - "Divine In You" (Fish Go Deep remix) - (6:19) 124 BPM
Jay Tripwire - "Body To Body" (Audio Soul Project remix) - (7:02) 125 BPM
T.O.S. - "Only When I'm Late" - (7:17) 124 BPM
Gavin Froome - "Sunsets" - (8:05) 126 BPM
Review: While most of today's hyped Vancouver producers were still wearing nappies, Luke McKeehan's Nordic Trax label was representing the city's small but committed deep house community. The long-serving imprint has now notched up two decades, and here delivers an anniversary compilation rich in Nordic Trax classics, previously unheard cuts and McKeehan's catalogue favourites. In some ways, it feels like an education and history lesson all rolled into one, neatly representing 20 years of deep house development. Highlights come thick and fast from start to finish, from DJ Harri and the Revenge's 2004 gem "Slackjaw" and a vintage Audio Soul Project remix of Jay Tripwire, to the seductive sounds of label regulars Gavin Froome, Gavin Boyce and JT Donaldson.