Review: Having handled the first two releases on the (so far) impressive Yummy label himself, HNNY has decided to look further afield for inspiration on number three. Pleasingly, the vibe - melodious, organic deep house with a Balearic bent - remains the same, with David Gunter's "Lemonad" providing an attractive fusion of ascending music box melodies and loose, low-slung, organic percussion. There's a similarly cheery, easy listening-goes-deep house feel about Shakarchi & Straneus' "Hissmusik", whose breezy dub house groove is accompanied by pin-sharp melodies, twittering flutes and catchy vocals samples. HNNY provides an even catchier re-edit of the 2012 original, focusing on the singalong vocal and head-nodding groove.
Review: French compilation label Nova's output has ranged from reggae to jazz to world music, and this club-oriented collection ploughs a similarly eclectic furrough. There's a strong African flavour to much of the album (check Onipa's 'Open My Eyes', in particular, for some fine contemporary Afrobeat), but there's plenty of variety on offer too: Polymod's 'No Other' comes on like an early Orbital off-cut, Folamour's 'Can't Live Without You' is a dusty slice of 70s-style soulful disco, Zerolex's 'Paradise', Puzupuzu's 'Treo' combines Afro-house beats with some fine acid squiggles, and on it goes. Dive in and explore!
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.