Review: Super-shimmering vibes from Lithuanian producer Basanov on this release: "More For Less" is a purring piece of disco that doesn't sound too far away from fellow Eastern European electro boogie peddler Illija Rudman. Coated with Canadian vocalist Jeremy Glenn's emphatic vocal, it's an instant soul smoocher. Remix-wise Mario provides his own more stripped back underground house twist, Pablo and Maurice serve up a subtle early Get Physical style Euro version and Michael J Collins presses the 'weird' button as we drift in a laidback Mushroom Jazz style groove. Beautiful.
Review: Judging by the inherent floating sensation that runs through "Just Think About It", it would seem that Lithuanian producer Mario Basanov has found his muse in Miss Bee. Regular followers of Under The Shade output will know the former has already worked his magic with the latter, having remixed her collaboration with Rampi earlier this year. It's a partnership that works wonders, with Miss Bee's sultry tones the perfect match for Basanov's elastic treatment of analogue sounds and upwards glancing melodics. The usual array of remixes sees Art Of Tones calling shotgun and delivering a remix that swerves proceedings down a decidedly rump shaking disco path, with some excellent key stabs throughout. This is matched by the Social Disco Club and Mirror People remix that builds brilliantly from the glistening opening few bars into an excellent live disco chug - just wait for those piano lines to come soaring in!
Review: It's a been year since Barcelona's Apersonal dropped the first volume of Coastal Soul, doesn't time fly when your having fun? Vol 2 marks their fourth anniversary and once again it's another continuous mix by label co-founder Andres Vegas. He doesn't disappoint either - further pursuing the sounds previously explored and adding to their repertoire too. Highlights include the sultry jack of "LA Melody (Session Victim mix)" by Egyptian Nipples, the deliciously warped electro-house-pop "More For The Less" by Mario Basanov and the slo-mo, fuzzy-sludge house of "Nothing Wrong With Holding On" by Michael J Collins.
Review: Barcelona's nu-disco label, Apersonal, are currently celebrating their third birthday, and to mark the occasion label co-founder Andres Vegas delivers this sizzling late summer mix. The label's vibe is all about deep, sunkissed Balearica that is explored to the nth degree over the space of (just over) and hour. It's a wondrous journey with select highlights including Jay Shepheard's mesmerising, early Beloved sounding "Here Comes", the hazy mid 80s digital soul of "After Midnight", the looped white heat funk of "Tryin To Be Me" and the Italo-disco/acid house hybrid "Bottle Of Mine" by Egyptian Nipples.
Review: Having impressed Balearic sorts with four fine volumes of the "Coastal Soul" compilation series, you'd expect Apersonal Music's exploration of what they call the "lo-fi pop universe" to be rather good. On the whole, it is, with highlights coming thick and fast throughout, from the glistening Hawaiian guitars and gentle dub disco shuffle of Maurice Aymard's "Different Channels" and the lilting trumpets and rubbery dub bass of Jeep's luscious "Goldman Sachs Building", to the sparse tropical synth-pop of Ponzu Island's "Ponzu Logic" and the exceptionally dreamy Balearic nu-disco/slow house fusion of Pablo Bolivar and Sensual Physics' "Base". Whether any of it can genuinely be classed as "Lo-Fi Pop" is open to debate, but there's no doubt about the exceptional quality of the warm and melodious fare on offer.
Review: Lithuania isn't known as a hotspot for house music, but as Silence Please shows, it contains more than its fair share of talented artists. The Few Nolder takes on Markas Palubenka's "Kill Me" and Fink's "Q&A" map out new possibilities for modern deep house, the vocals chopped up over dreamy chords and snappy drums, while Darius Vaikas pushes towards a darker sound. This he achieves with the chilling strings and rippling bass of his interpretation of Mario Basanov's "Machinarium" and the chiming drums of his own "White Eights". But it isn't just Vaikas who embodies the Baltic wind blowing in over Vilnius and Mario & Vidis' "Warung" is an inspired piece of eerie, bleepy house.