Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
Review: It's been almost five years since Kris Menace used the Stars On 33 moniker, and his musical style has shifted several times since then. Whereas back then it was for a typically shiny, disco-tinged house EP, this time round it's for something altogether more emotion-rich and Balearic. Sure, he's still basically making house, but this time it sounds looser, more organic, more disco even. Both "Keep On Dancing" and "Luv" both strike a positive balance between swooping, string-laden disco and piano-heavy Balearic house, while "Something You Can Feel" pits sturdy bottom end electrofunk against cute jazz guitars with considerable success.