Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
Review: Steve Kotey's ever dependable Bear Funk imprint presents a second, slightly slimmer edition of the post-winter blow out Hibernation compilation with a smattering of new faces amidst the usual ursidaen funkateers. The set opens with one of those in the shape of Downtown Party Network, the criminally unprolific Lithuanian duo who burst on the scene back in 09 with "Days Like These" on Eskimo. "Get A Life" is a suitably glistening return to form for the duo and sets the tone for what to expect. Claremont 56 boss Mudd returns for Bear Funk duty for the first time since the label's early days with the languid six minutes of "Ossians Cave" whilst there are strong contributions from the likes of Ilija Rudman and Max Essa. The piece de resistance however is Kotey's edit of the vastly underrated Blakula that closes this set - cleverly adding some percussive urgency to the throwback Giallo stylings of "Miss Morgue".
Review: Denmark's Kenneth Bager is a pioneer and record hunter in addition to label owner of Music For Dreams. Through his legendary Club Coma and subsequent stints on Danish National Radio, he has been on air for four decades promoting dance music. The label started out as a lounge/chill-out label but has since evolved into an entity with no musical boundaries. Bager has also organised the Music For Dreams Festival, in addition to his residency at Cafe Mambo in Ibiza: where 13 Music For Dreams Sunday Events were being held thus far. On the label's latest compilation, Music For Mindfulness, there's so much great music and it's hard to pick just a few highlights, but here goes: Copenhagen local The Swan And The Lake's "Clouds Over Osterbro" is absolutely lush and dreamy, Bager himself delivers an ambient instrumental mix of Ruf Dug's "Dominica!", while pianist Troels Hammer makes several appearances here, but "Cold Hawaii" is his finest moment.