Review: Following fine releases on SUBBEAT and All Day I Dream, Paul Deep pitches up on the similarly minded Tale & Tone label. The Argentine is known for the atmospheric and melodic nature of his productions, and all four tracks here continue in this vein. He first wraps slowly falling melodies and ghostly chords around shaker-heavy drums and chunky bass on 'Genbu', before employing picturesque melodies, sunny motifs and a similarly thickset groove (crunchy beats, weighty bass) on 'Filira'. 'Fudo' is arguably the prettiest track of the lot, with extended, spine-tingling breakdowns sandwiched between chunky, bass-heavy house grooves, while the Greenage remix of 'Genbu' is a sparkling, morning-fresh slice of sunrise-ready dancefloor bliss that sits somewhere between deep house and tech-house.
Review: If it's emotive, melodious dance music you're after, All Day I Dream's twice-yearly 'sampler' compilations are hard to beat. 2021's edition of their Winter Sampler series is another cracker and offers an attractive mix of previously unheard treats from both established label regulars and relative newcomers. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the warming haziness and rising melodies of Somelee's 'Sansara' and the Isolee-influenced bubbliness of Mono Electric Orchestra's 'Antartica', to the glacial electronics, deep chords and shuffling grooves of 'Endora' by Slow Hearts. Additional highlights include the pitched-down chug of Qess's 'Sarraqa', the rushing bliss of Nopi's fittingly titled 'Unforgettable Dawn', and the twinkling lead lines and bass-heavy grooves of Paul Deep's 'Aeras'.