Review: Few DJs have more experience of providing the soundtrack to Balearic sunsets than Chris Coco and Pete Gooding. It's perhaps fitting, then, that they've compiled and mixed this second installment of the Gecko Beach Club (based on Formentera, Ibiza's little brother) mix series. This bulging digital package contains a mix from each (Coco's is defiantly hazy and downtempo, Gooding's packed full of tactile deep house), plus their selections in unmixed form. There are some real gems to be found, from the sun-kissed simplicity of Seu Jorge and Almaz's unfussy cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", and Blackbelt Andersen's spine-tingling "Mann Pa Mars", to the wide-eyed Balearic house goodness of Gooding's own "Malibu", and the bassy strut of Waifs & Strays' "Remedy".
Review: Greek producer Alex Dimou follows his recent EP on Get Physical with this compilation of some of his tracks. "Turn Around" is a real 'lost it' moment, its glitchy percussion and slurred vocal recreating long, hazy nights on the dance floor. However, Dimou is clearly a producer of diverse tastes; "Efukt" is much more esoteric, featuring dreamy chords and lithe breakbeats, while "So True" featuring Lee Burton follows a similar, breakbeat path, albeit one that is lined with acidic segues and hypnotic bongos. Dimou's selection even makes nods to pop music with the psychedelic downtempo of "White Rabbit", before finishing with the contemplative piano house of "Oceanmoon".
Review: Any time that DJ Harvey gives us a sneak peek into the current contents of his record bag - sorry, USB stick - is a cause for celebration. As you can imagine, we're cock-a-hoop that he's decided to deliver a follow-up to his superb 2017 compilation "The Sound of Mercury Rising". As with its predecessor, volume two offers a giddy skip through chiming, synth-heavy original Balearic classics (Mandy Smith, Hugh Mane), weirdo European disco (Marta Acuna), evocative electronic soundscapes (System Olympia), blue-eyed synth-pop (Pamela Nivens), drum machine-powered Middle Eastern madness (Switchdance's sublime "Arabian Ride")and a swathe of tasty contemporary cuts (the jaunty jazz-funk of Midlife, Das Komplex's ace "Slap", Nu Guinea's splendid "Je Vulesse" and Peaking Lights remix of Land of Light being the highlights).
Review: Originally released on MANDY's debut album last year, this EP now sheds new light on "Rabbit Moon". For those who first encountered the German duo via mid-00s anthems like "Body Language", this music will come as a surprise. The reworked version from MANDY themselves is laden down with lush strings, rasping percussion and a lithe backing track, while their second "8am" take sees the track's authors turn it into a chiming, hypnotic workout, bolstered by blissed out bells and a wiry Detroit rhythm. Gerd Janson's remix is led by splurging acid lines and makes for the third and last expectation-defying twist in this tale.
Review: Berlin duo M.A.N.D.Y. finally release their debut album after around 16 years on the house/techno circuit. Comprised of Patrick Bodmer and Philip Jung, they run Get Physical Recordings with DJ T and Booka Shade; whom they recorded their breakthrough hit "Body Language" with in 2004. Due to reports in dance music media saying that recording an album was not so much a priority amongst all their excessive touring, it's better late that never and rest assured the German duo deliver the goods across these 14 tracks. Featuring special guests Brett Johnson, Francesco Tristano, vocalist Nonku Phiri (on the slow burning classic house of "Hi End") and the lo-slung electro breaks of "Whisper" featuring Afrika Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers). As a bonus there is also a 2016 remix of the aforementioned hit "Body language" featured too.