Review: Nigel Hayes is probably best known for his collaboration with Funk D'Void as Chaser, but as Lunar Life demonstrates, his solo work is just as impressive. Issued on his own fledgling Astrolife label, it sees the UK producer move from the cinematic ambience of "Lunar Life (Pt 1)" into sleek, pulsating deep techno grooves such as "Spacedust" as well as embracing more tracky club grooves like the throbbing bass-led "That Was Then". However, as tracks like the jazzy, double bass-and sax-sampling "Double Dip" and the evocative "Message From Mars" both demonstrate, Hayes true calling is deep, musical house music.
Review: The past few years have seen the re-emergence of Nigel Hayes, the UK producer responsible for many musical house EPs during the early part of the millennium. While the releases on his Astrolife label have been somewhat more direct, Blood Moon shows that he still has a fondness for embracing different styles. Dub influences rise to the surface on the laid back "Blood Moon Rising" and the more dance floor friendly "Alone In Jamaica". On "Mad Sometimes", Hayes continues his dubbed out voyage, this time utilising live drums and stream of consciousness-style vocal samples to great effect, while "Appleton In Dub" is an irresistible, smoky stepper.