Review: Based in Heraklion, Crete, Lego Boy goes by the name of John Mihelinakis in real life. In his Lego Boy guise, though, he specialises in laidback, leftfield grooves that draw on a wide range of influences, from world music to electronica. 'Free' is a looping, Lemon Jelly-esque affair that marries a sitar (or slide guitar?) to a rap-style female vocal, 'Across The World' sits somewhere between Burial and art-pop, 'Fly Away' is a blissed-out, summery affair with deceptively uptempo percussion, and 'Loneliness Can Make You Feel Empty' veers towards prog-breaks territory while sporting an Indian-style vocal. An eclectic and engaging listen.
Review: Greek label Kraak, part of the Timewarp family, serve up a third collection of laidback grooves for your post-club chilling pleasure. Thankfully there's a bit more variety on offer than your standard-issue 'Ibiza chill-out' comp, with tracks ranging from the epic, mournful southern soul of MCurtis's opener 'Kiboo' (feat Hugo Kant & Daphne Bluebird) to the lazy, jazz-inspired deep house of Kiano & Below Bangkok's 'Now', via the sundown bliss of North Coast Vibes' 'Soul Time', the Blaxploitation funk of Vito Lalinga's 'Bitter Taste', the drifty Balearic prog of Jay Papa's 'A Touch Of You' and more. Dive in!
Review: It's been ten years since disco and funk fusionist Angelos Stoumpos and his band of musical merry men delivered the first Timewarp Inc album, Dub My Funky Groove. Ever since, they've been in-demand on the remix circuit. Having previously put out two volumes of the Remix Sessions to showcase their reworks, here they offer up a third instalment. There's plenty to get excited about, from the dense, Latin-influenced tribal disco-house madness of their remix of Dublex Inc's "Tango Forte", and a rubbery rework of DJ Maxx and Gabb's "Afrovibes", to the bass-heavy nu-funk of their 'short remix' of Deep Dive Corp's "Blue".