Review: Steffi's Dolly label continues to impress and surprise on their fifteenth release, turning to Irish producer Leonid for a three track exposition of his deep analogue style. If you've checked Leonid's prior output for Sistrum and Photic Fields you'll know Dubliner Paul Smith uses the project to draw on a sound that is warm, subtle and contains faint echoes of Motor City Soul, something very much evident on the Radar EP. Perhaps less suited to the peak time than some of Dolly's recent issues, the three tracks here will instead appeal to those looking to set the mood; Smith's inherent musicality and understanding of his craft really shines through, especially on the slow burning, glowering brilliance of "Fall Out".
Jerome C - "The Wind" (Quarion remix) - (7:27) 121 BPM
James Teej - "City Celebrity" - (7:43) 110 BPM
Alexander Maier - "Socializing" - (7:40) 115 BPM
Review: The Apersonal label are masters of jumping between house and disco - that's disco with a modern twist, of course - and their releases have come from a wide selection of European talent over the past few years. This time, the label have put together a compilation, one big release to showcase what they're all about. House master James Teej opens the festivities with the docile and ethereal dance gem that is "Light & Love", a gorgeous blend of sounds that's followed by even more chord-heavy madness with C-Rock, Sello and Leonid, among others. This is dance music for the coasts, a bundle of beautiful music to warm your soul.