Review: The boundaries between deep house, progressive and techno blur on All Day I Dream 003. First up there's Mathew Dekay and Lee Burridge's "Holding On", which features dreamy synths, distended, ethereal vocals and a solid backing rhythm. Faut Pas Deconner's "Afterhour Olympics" is more stripped back to start with, but its reduced metallic drums soon give way to a cascading synth and a bassline so warm and spine-tingling, it sends out tingles with each passing bar. Finally, Dekay and Burridge team up for the dub version of "Holding On". Here, the rhythm is more firing and the filter energetic, while the chilling strings add an element of suspense to the arrangement.
Review: Over the last few years the partnership between former Tyrant mainstay Lee Burridge and mystery producer Lost Desert has resulted in a string of impeccable deep house releases. "Melt", their most expansive collaborative release to date, is similarly atmospheric, intricate and picturesque. They set the scene brilliantly via a trio of sublime ambient cuts (the new age bliss of "Melt" and epic "Lingala (Beatless)" being the standouts) before shuffling towards the dancefloor on the deep and languid "Rain". Simon Vaurambon lends a hand on the atmospheric, bass-heavy chug of "One", while regular vocalist Junior lends his honeyed tones to the string-drenched positivity of "Mibale". Elsewhere you'll find more sweet and seductive dream house treats, with "Christina, Daydreaming" providing a fittingly loved-up finale. Superb stuff!
Review: We tend to think of All Day I Dream's particular brand of melodious and atmospheric house music as being summery and sun-kissed, but as this second "Winter Sampler" proves, many of the label's tracks that sound just as good on crystal clear winter mornings. Musically, much of the material tiptoes the fine line between tech-house, deep house and what would once have been classic progressive house, with highlights provided by Zone+ (the drowsy and glacial dancefloor hypnotism of "The Muse"), Makebo & Anomita (the simmering bliss of "Symphonic Fantasy"), Katrinka (the deep, chunky Afro-house of "Mila") and Tim Green (the bubbly, snow-flecked electronics and Innervisions-esque grooves of "Sowa").