The Lost Orchestra (ambient version) - (8:12) 123 BPM
Bona Fide - "Lepeza" - (6:41) 121 BPM
Bona Fide - "Euphoria" (ambient version) - (8:37) 120 BPM
Review: The latest missive from the quietly impressive In Waves imprint offers a double-header of sorts, with Bona Fide and Luka Sambe both providing club-ready and ambient versions of a track apiece. Bona Fide's 'The Lost Orchestra' is a sparkling, uplifting treat, with glistening, brightly coloured lead lines and cascading synth strings rising above a rubbery progressive house groove. The accompanying beat-free version is simply stunning too and provides a neat snapshot of Bona Fide's complex composition and interlocking musical motifs Luka Sambe's 'Lapeza' meanwhile is a deeper, chunkier and more contemplative affair, whose tough and chunky drums give way to warming chords, simmering synth-strings and twinkling pianos on the alternative ambient version.
Review: Soon the summer of 2021 will be all but a memory, but All Day I Dream are determined to keep it going just that bit longer via their latest Summer Sampler - a collection of warm and melodious club cuts tailor-made for humid evenings, crystal clear nights and sun-drenched afternoons. As you'd expect, there's plenty of musical highlights to be found across the hugely atmospheric and entertaining 12-track set, with our picks including the quietly ghostly chunkiness of Lost Desert, Simon Vuarambon and Hernandez's 'Moon By Day', the picturesque joyousness of 'Evergreen' by Pippi Ciez and the rolling, extra-percussive delight that is Max Degrassi's 'In The Light of Laughter'. We'd also recommend Madraas and Eduardo MacGregor's stunning 'Searching The Sun', as well as the melodic, far-sighted rush of Vince Watson's 'Quiriwana'.
Review: The Hoom Side of the Sun compilation series has previously delivered two expansive volumes of soul-warming, tech-tinged deep house goodness, each packed with tracks that tend towards the exotic, emotive and intoxicating. Volume three, which lands 12 months after its predecessor and presents a similarly sunny and atmospheric blend of high-grade cuts. For proof, check out the clips of Hreach's hypnotic but stirring 'Blue Road', the percussion-rich deep-tech loveliness of Lucien's 'Lluvia', the fluttering summer breeze beauty of 'Virtue' by Hermanez, and the psychedelic, trance-inducing dancefloor psychedelia of Luka Sambe's 'The Juggle'.
Review: Over the last 12 months, Luke Sambe has become associated with a fusion sound that combines elements of dreamy deep house and sun-kissed Balearic beats with nods towards a variety of indigenous musical styles from around the world. He's at it again - albeit it subtly - on his latest solo missive, opening with a touch of dreamy and musically expensive deep house on ('Michelin', which is full of hypnotic, tech-tinged beats, fluid piano motifs, vintage analogue synth sounds and swooping strings) before heading for warmer waters on the picturesque sunniness of 'De Salis'. His tech-house influences are more apparent on 'On The Hop', where echoing African voices and gentle melodies rise above a thickset electronic groove, while 'Aladdin' boasts plenty of layered percussion, spacey synth sounds and exotic Arabic instrumentation.
Review: This EP for Balance Music is another winner for the Australian producer Luka Sambe. With recent releases on labels like Lost & Found and Traum Schallplatten, this EP is filled with the sort of gems that should get repeated plays from progressive house heroes like Guy J, Sasha and more. "If Animals Could Talk" will allow you passage deep into the amazon on this breathtaking and deep tribal rain dance. Following this he is sounding rather majestic on the slinky and hypnotic dancefloor drama of "People Can Dance", in addition to ever reliable Israeli producer Eli Nissan's bouncy bass-driven tech house rework - which is aimed squarely at main room dancefloors.