Review: Despite a history that stretches back to 2007, Barcelona-based download imprint Digital Delight has yet to really make waves. If this first label collection is anything to go by, that's a pity. You see, Digital Delight specializes in slick, synth-heavy, electronic "music for adults". That means a mix of woozy, contemporary electrofunk (Death On The Balcony, Damian Uzabiaga), twinkling deep house (Matt Fear), bouncy nu-disco (Rebel), Visionquest-ish synth-house (Nobody Knows, Ben Pearce, Lee Webster) and revivalist hip-house (Wildkats' swirling, acid-tinged "112"). The label clearly isn't the finished article just yet, but there's more than enough quality here to suggest further investigation. Recommended.
Review: As a response to the deluge of high-quality demos it receives, Lower East has put together Inner Circles. Lee Brinx's "She's Pretty" is a sexually-charged, somewhat sleazy jacking affair - its narrative describes in depth why a particular woman is so attractive - while Gav Memnos and Dexter Kane's "Dirty Cash" is a more stripped back jacker, and Cozzy D and Dodha's "White Lightning" is based on lithe percussion and heavy drums. Best of all though is Alexis Raphael's "Skalamoosh". Featuring the pitter-patter shuffle of garage drums, a jittery vocal sample and a slinky, 90s prog house bassline, it shows that modern deep house can be evocative and soulful in equal measures.