Review: If this EP is to be believed then the sound of Tel Aviv is all about ultra-deep house and moody, leftfield electronica. Niv Ast's 'Rainey Heart' is a slow-building affair that wouldn't sound out place early doors in a Cattaneo or Digweed set with its complex, evolving percussion and low, constant synth drone. Rina's 'Peppermint Bouquet' is a deep tribal jam with a trippy, hazy feel, while Naduve's 'Hex Mex' is a slo-mo number that rides a lumbering rhythm with snatches of Arabic speech, birdsong and other off-the-wall sounds. Completing the EP is 'Marbel Arch' [sic] from Middle Sky Boom, another slow-moving, atmospheric chugger.
Review: Mexico's Tyo returns to his semi-regular home of Duro clutching this two-track, four-mix EP. 'Bailando' comes on like a mid-80s Spanish-language electro workout given a lick of 21st Century production polish, while Bawrut's remix does a good job of nudging it closer to house and disco floors. The other original, 'Pieles', has one of the most distinctive intros you'll hear all week - think Benedictine monks raiding the cowbell cupboard - before unleashing more 80s flavas, this time in a more coldwave-y vein and topped with a spoken female vocal in Spanish, while Niv Ast's remix drops the tempo a notch and adds rock guitars.
Review: La Belle is a multinational label owned and managed by three friends in Paris: Antoine Harispuru (Golden Bug), Herr Styler and the La Tebwa Records' head honcho who goes unnamed in this instance (enigmatic!). Eight years, 20 artists and 43 releases, it has quickly established itself with its unique style. Now, they present the One Night Stands series: a unique collection of unreleased tracks, sought-out and selected with all the experience and the appetite of the founders. From London to Tel Aviv via Madrid and Paris, One Night Stands mixes well-established projects such as Golden Bug, In Fields, In Flagranti, Akkan and DESTIINO (Yuksek's side project), as well as newer artists like Sebastopol, Youkounkoun, Ozzy and many others