Review: Over the years, Local Talk bosses Mad Mats and Tooli have proved to be shrewd operators when it comes to commissioning remixes. As a result, the label's vaults are full of killer re-rubs, as this fourth collection of reworked highlights proves. Beginning with an inspired Ron Trent jazz-dance revision of Kyoto Jazz Sextet's 'Rising', the set smoothly moves between life-affirming, musically rich Latin house (Anthony Nicholson reworking DASCO), jazz-funk flavoured 4/4 smoothness (Kaidi Tatham tweaking Coflo), soul-fired organic house jazziness (Waajeed remixing Crackazat), analogue-rich late might hypnotism (a show-stopping Jamie 3:26 re-wire of Soulphiction) and sunset-ready tropical house (TRinidadiandeep's inspired re-frame of DASCO's 'African Power').
Review: Just as the sounds of minimal faded out of fashion in the late noughties, Hamburg's Dial Records started gaining attention with its signature style of understated house and contemplative techno - a breath of fresh air at the time. Perhaps unbeknownst to many then, the imprint was actually founded at the turn of the millennium, so 2020 marks two decades in the business - and certainly cause for celebration. To mark the occasion, the now Berlin-based label has released a series of various artist EPs commemorating the milestone, and this is the fourth one to bring in the year that was. The label's distinct aesthetic as mentioned before is still present: from Jordan GCZ's "Tongue Twister" providing a rather sensual take on mood music, as well as label chief Lawrence bringing his idiosyncratic take on deep house as per usual on the lush "Pinches". Elsewhere, Katie Drover delivers the hypnotic tones of "Precarious", Valencian mainstay Estrato Aurora teams up with Siarem on the evocative electro of "Acacio" and veteran German producer Joern Elling Wuttke dons the new alias Bachelor Kisses, to give us the mellow shoegaze/road trip vibe of "Brighter Than The Sun".