Review: It's been a while since Michael "Soulphiction" Baumann and Nick Reiff delivered any new Manmadescience material. This two-tracker isn't brand new, both tracks having been recorded way back in the early 2000s. Neither has been released before, though, so there's plenty for fans to get excited about. "The Blues 1997" is perhaps typical of their early work, fixing dubbed-out electronics, distant flutes and blasts of accordion with drifting blues vocals and hissing jazz-house grooves. The looser "Phase", meanwhile, sounds like an afro-centric deep house take on breezy dub disco - all jazzy guitars, loose percussion and heavy dub FX.
Review: Stuttgart's Manmade Science has been with Philpot since the label's launch in the early 2000s, though this two-track marks their first appearance on the acclaimed imprint for four years. Happily, they slip straight back into the groove immediately, building a heady deep house chugger out of watery chords, sparse percussion, trippy vocal samples and a warm, stretched-out bassline. Suitably warmed up, they go for it on "House Keeping", cleverly utilizing ride cymbals to help propel a sub-heavy groove relentlessly forwards. By the time the camp, tongue-in-cheek spoken word vocal kicks in, you'll already be in the jackin' zone.