Review: When French fashion designer Vanessa Seward launched her summer collection earlier in the year, the catwalk show was accompanied by previously unheard music from Bertrand Burglat's Tricatel label. This expansive EP showcases those tracks, many of which seem to have been inspired by the designer herself. Check, for example, Burglat's two-part "Vanessa's Way", which gleefully joins the dots between vintage lounge music, easy listening disco and the rubbery bottom-end bounce of dub disco. Chassol's "En Femme Francaise", featuring a delicious bilingual spoken word vocal and Air style lounge music flourishes, explores similar territory, while Anita Lane's "Do That Thing" is a prime chunk of sleazy, string-laden disco. Arguably best of all, though, is the rip-roaring disco-punk madness of Burglat's heavyweight "Lightyears (Cool & Bright Vanessa)".
Review: Back in the Noughties after electroclash had smeared mainstream dance music with kohl, glitter and blood, the electro revolution merged with house to make it cool again. Electro-house was born. Some went in a MoS direction, but other, more stylish producers such as Marc Romboy and Kiko forged a new sound -sparse minimal house beats with buzzy wavering bass and melancholic-yet-anthemic-top end melodies. Oh and white noise whooshes, lots of them. Lane 8 have either been making this sound for ages or their incredibly young and only rediscovering it, but either way, "March Of The Forest Cat" is a killer slice of the above.
Review: Denver dude Daniel Goldstein has previously delivered a swathe of quietly confident releases on such labels as Anjunabeat, Suara and, most recently, This Never Happened. Here, he returns to action with sophomore set Little By Little (his debut LP, Rise, dropped in 2015). As with his previous works, Goldstein places emphasis on rich melodies and warm synthesizer refrains, rather than any particular style or sub-genre. The result is a hugely attractive and listenable collection that gently floats between hazy downtempo grooves, luscious left-of-centre synth-pop, simmering but saucer-eyed house, tactile slow jams and, in a couple of notable cases, vintage progressive house.