Review: Idle Hands boss Chris Farrell has long been a fan of Leopoldo Rosa's work as Lerosa, so it's little surprise to find the Dublin-based producer popping up on the Bristol-based imprint. Subcouture is a fine EP, with Rosa taking the opportunity to expand on his hazy deep house blueprint. So, we get an impeccable trip into spacey electro territory (fine opener "Maryelen"), nods to dub-influenced NYC proto-house (EP standout "Line Bass"), synth-heavy Balearic deep house (the melodious, 107 BPM shuffle of "Scruffy"), and - arguably most impressive at all - rolling, spaced out dub-house ("Subcouture" itself). It's arguably one of Rosa's strongest EPs to date, and certainly his most versatile.
Review: A pleasingly varied four-tracker from Dutch label Bordello A Parigi. Ireland's Lerosa gets the ball rolling with the synth disco of 'It's Hard', before we take a left turn into bass/electro/footwork territory with Eliott Litrowski's 909-tastic 'The Little Optimist'. It's then back to the 80s Eurodisco with Vivyan's 'That Time I Dated', which comes on like a long-lost Lipps Inc out-take, before the EP's completed by Sergo Mesa AKA Iamnotarobot's 'El Vuelo', a slice of shimmering, sultry Nang-style nu-disco that's sure to "captcha" your heart. See what we did there? A solid bet for those who like their disco on the leftfield side.
Review: The third and final part in Dial's compilation series brings together some well-known names and emerging producers. Tracey opens up the release with the dreamy, downtempo "Chapter 1", while on "Cuba", Lerosa delivers a fine, stripped back percussive track, underpinned by a throbbing bass. Anton Kubikov's "Night Road Blue" delivers the kind of mysterious, expansive techno that the label is best known for - with the added bonus of a rubbery double bass - and in contrast, Siamak Amidi brings the compilation down a weirder route with the woozy soundscapes and ticking percussion of "Kandoo", while DJ Jus-Ed impresses as always with the lithe claps and murky bass of "Synth Sex".