Following his recent strong turn on Cocktail D'Amore, Jules Etienne makes a trip back to Apersonal Music with more of that island groove for the smoothest slack-wearers in town. "Free As A Man" is a beautifully laid back but funky offering that speaks to all kinds of good times. Jex Opolis turns in a remix of the track that has a little more bite to suit the later demands of the dancefloor. "Don't Wanna Talk About It" sees Etienne linking up with Disco D and winding all kinds of slick strutting business into his sound, and then "Rhythm For The Garden" heads off into wonderful tribal percussion that serves as a handy tool for DJs who want to get some rich drum sounds into their set.
We're not sure where they found the time, but Live At Robert Johnson's Massimiliano and Gui.Tar/The Hints' Etienne - both super prolific producers - have collided for a floor-stopping fivesome of deep Balearic workouts, all of which have been composed organically with real instruments, vintage analogue machines and no MIDI whatsoever. The result ranges from Quiet Village-meets-Arthur Russell glamour of "Back But Half" to the Footprintz-meets-Ayers vibery of "Weekend Lover". Deep, gossamer-smooth and warmer than a Spanish summer, let's hope they find time to continue developing this amusing titled project.