Amazingly, this is the 17th Local Talk release, not bad going since they only first started operating in mid 2011. It's a slight departure from many of the label's outings, in that it doesn't sound like a shameless homage to classic instrumental US garage. Instead, the three tracks sound like fusions of contemporary house and classic basement-bothering garage dubs, with some modern bass music influences thrown in. The deep and chiming "Rthoms" [sic] is our pick, though the loose but tribal rhythms of "Shadow & Construction" do come close. The organ-heavy "Deep Stripped Down & Dirty", however clumsily named, is also pretty hot.
Amazingly, 2020 Vision is the 13th different label Greek producer Thanasis "Kindimmer" Voulgaris has appeared on since making his debut back in 2010. This first EP for the Leeds label is arguably his best to date. Certainly, there's something magical about the dreamy strings, rich Rhodes chords, bumping beats and tough, tech-tinged bassline that make up "Noble Loser". While "Blow Up The Bank" and "Next Door" are solid if unspectacular deep house chuggers, and closing track "This Harmonic" is superb. It brilliant combines stylistic tics associated with Detroit futurism and the bumpin' Chicago deep house of Chez Damier, with additional techno weight to the beats. It comes highly recommended.
Canary Recordings has been pretty quiet of late, with their last vinyl release - the second part of the Beautiful Chaos series - dropping this time last year. While they figure out their next move, they've decided to reissue their 2013 wax debut digitally. The mighty Rick Wade drops a gorgeous chunk of bouncy, warm, sun-kissed richness in the shape of "Alone at Night", while Kindimmer successfully fuses raw acid bass, swinging US garage rhythms and tactile deep house chords on the equally tasty "Home Alone". Finally, Japanese producer Yusuke Yamamoto steals the show with "Let's Begin", a sensual, Motor City-influenced deep house cut smothered in evocative Rhodes chords.
The fourth and final EP to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Poker Flat sees its participants reinventing the past while looking to the future. Trentemoller's "Always Something Better" was one of the Danish producer's breakthrough tracks and here it is turned into a fittingly deep and reflective groove by DJ Tennis and Mind Against. On a more general level, Chardronnet vs Afrilounge's "Shake It" from 2005 was one of the key records in the trance/minimal house crossover. Here, new school producer turns it into a tough, pumping groove that doesn't sacrifice the original version's shimmering, spine-tingling hooks. This series isn't solely focused on old tracks and John Tejada & Justin Maxwell and Kindimmer deliver stripped back, bleep-heavy grooves and deep techno respectively.
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