Review: There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing on this collection of "Footure Classics" (we chuckled, at least) from Phonk D's reliable Footjob imprint. Former Stupid Human regular Le Rubique kicks things off with the loose and groovy "Pata Pata", where elongated organ chords, disco style bass guitar motifs, parping synth-horns and classic Afrobeat vocal samples ride a live-sounding house groove. Phonk D and Triotitat offer some deeper and dreamier thrills via the classic piano house flex of "Another Piano Song", before Lukas Lehmann and Pallaspeople serve up a more low-slung tech-tinged take on deep house blessed with serious alien synthesizer sounds. To round things off, Sascha Ciminiera steals the show via "Don't Bring That Low", a rolling and groovy peak-time workout smothered in snaking horn solos and huggable piano riffs.
Review: Two years on from his last outing, Sascha Ciminiera returns to Phonk D's Footjob label with another chunk of fluttering, synth-heavy positivity. Built around a languid and fluid mid-tempo groove, "Lights" is rich in positive melodies, Balearic chord progressions and tumbling synthesizer motifs. It's a cliche to refer to records being "sun-kissed", but this is genuinely an exercise in summery beauty. The headline remixes come from Gerd Janson and Philip Lauer under their Tuff City Kids alias. They predictably push the track's more Balearic elements to the fore on the electro-driven remix, before delivering a superb, cowbell-laden drum Dub for those who like to play around with percussion. A tidy package is completed by Phonk D's rolling house interpretation,