Review: The Quartet Series label is born out of the collaboration between like-minded house enthusiasts, four producers who share a similar vision of club music and who have each earned their stripes on different labels. First up, we have Local Talk's Crackazat with "Lindop Circles", a gloriously laid-back house chiller with a funky twist, Quintessentials contributor Saine goes for the proper 'chug' approach on his wavy "Prime Chops" tune, "Totally Not Mystique" by Apparel Music's Nachtbraker is a woozy, bass-heavy stomper, and Gnork heads straight to the warehouse with his minimal, Chicago-filtered "Chord Tool". Ah, yes.
Review: Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Voyage Recordings are a new label with a thing for the deeper side of life. That's all good with us, especially when it's as slickly produced as the four tracks found here. With all their key artists making appearance, we get gently washed out to sea on tranquil waves of slo-mo dance starting with CTEPEO 57's jazzy, stoned-house, the velvety smoocher "Rosebud", the lean and serene bliss-house of "Dreams on Kepler" and moody electro-house closer "Gravy". Slick!
Review: Since his last solo outing in 2015, Lauri Saine has made fine contributions to all manner of compilations and multi-artist EPs. It's heartening to see that FIna has decided the time is right for a new solo three-tracker from the Helsinki-based producer. He hits the ground running with the bass-heavy shuffle of "Technique", where glistening jazz guitars, twinkling Rhodes and hand picked vocal samples help to create a hazy, summertime mood. Next up is the loved-up hug of "Pastel", whose ambient house style synthesizer motifs are accompanied by jazzy drum fills, distant vocal samples and dream house atmospherics. A fine EP is drawn to a close by the sleazy Italo-disco/horizontal deep house fusion of "Jumble", a hazy shuffler that's as trippy and echo-laden as your average Idjut Boys DJ set.