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: Berlin powerhouse Get Physical presents 12 exclusive tracks from mainly American artists, curated by m.O.N.R.O.E. aka Postrel: a DJ who has released on labels like Kindisch, Viva Music and Saved. He has a fresh take on tech house, that has seen him become a well established DJ in the USA and the perfect person to represent his homeland's underground sound. Featuring a mix of artists old and new, this is a great window into the ever more essential American underground: that proves fresh new talent is always up and coming on the label, hihglights some from Adisyn on the sexy late night groove of "Drifter", the high octane energy of veteran Robert Babicz's "We Dream" or Michael Gin's experiment in dancefloor drama on "Y=X".