Review: Obas Nenor has released music on some seriously good labels over the years, not least Strictly Rhythm, Heist and Moodymann's Mahogani Music. Herre the Israeli producer debuts on German label Quintessentials via a typically tidy three-tracker. He hits the ground running with "Your Love Is Mine", a deep and drowsy but surprisingly driving vocal number featuring the seductive voice of Omri Smadar, some suitably dreamy chords and the grooviest of clipped guitar riffs. Title track "Carefree" lives up to its name by wrapping soulful vocal snippets and chopped-up piano riffs around a sun-kissed deep house groove, while "December Day" is a jazzier, looser and altogether dustier take on the producer's attractive deep house template.
Review: Going by the volume of tracks on show, it would be fair to say that Masterworks Music's "Bag of Tricks" is not a little handbag, but more like a Mary Poppins style bottomless carpetbag. The label's latest rummage through its seemingly endless contents has been a successful one, with the 20 showcased cuts including a wealth of fine fusions of disco, house, boogie, electro and 80s soul. It's uniformly dancefloor-focused, with highlights including the Afro-house/disco-tech fusion of JB Dizzy, the driving, spaced-out disco-house grooves of Mike Woods, the loose-limbed, off-the-wall edits of Chewy Rubs, the sweet disco-soul bounce of RocknRolla Soundsystem, the delay-laden synth sing-along styles of Rayko and the hot-to-trot brilliance of Downunder Disco.