Review: 1990s sitcom fan turned lo-fi deep house royalty DJ Seinfeld is the latest selector to contribute to K7's long-running DJ Kicks series. This digital download edition naturally contains his mix - a hugely entertaining musical voyage rich in dreamy chords, bustling breakbeats, groovy deep house workouts, skewed techno and post-IDM curiosities - as well as all 21 tracks in unmixed, full-length, DJ-friendly form. Highlights are plentiful and include the downtempo bliss of the producer's own "I See You", the bass-heavy breakbeat/deep house fusion of Rudolf C's "Deep C Survivor", the quirky electronics and low-slung grooves of Falty DL's "Freak Acid" and the loved-up wonder that is Project Pablo's "Who's It For?"
Review: Nearly two years ago, Shedbug joined forces with fellow Melbourne producer Rudolf C to launch the Balearic-minded deep house imprint Salt Mines. Here, the Australian helps inaugurate another label, delivering a debut EP on Paul Patterson's Of Paradise imprint. While the four tracks here are, by and large, slightly bolder and rougher than his previous material, most still come blessed with that trademark dreaminess and humid detail. The claustrophobic, percussive, sample-heavy "187 District" - kind of like The Orb's "Assassin" fused with tribal house - is arguably the most ear-catching, though the spacey, acid-flecked "Swim", and Mood Hut-ish loveliness of "Dial A Moose" are not far behind.
Review: Next up on the Lobster Theremin mini-empire is Shedbug, who debuted on the label last year and has since gone on to release on 1? Pills Mate. Hope starts off in raucous form with the robust acid breaks of "Aciidmuzik", before Shedbug takes a diversion to drop the morbid, ominous bass-led disco of "One Day Later". "Rubber" shows a more considered side to his canon as it veers off into esoteric, break beat-led deep techno, while on the title track, break beats also abound. This time they underpin mesmerising synths that take the listener back to the blissful trance of 90s acts like Legion of Green Men.
Review: We are here gifted one hell of a selection as we are welcomed in to view the second edition of 'Of Paradise', a VA compilation showcasing some of the best new breakbeat and techy sounds out there right about now. Overall, the compilation is a solid mix and blend of genre types, from the smooth melodic chord bounces of Will Lister's 'Sky Stepping' all the way around to the more moogish, 80's synth-inspired switches of Low Tape's 'Blue Noise'. Other heaters include the super percussive 'Ingenue' from Eluize, along with the well rounded kick pulses of Dwell's 'Warped'. Vibrant stuff!
Review: If Mark Knight and Co. aren't busy enough celebrating Toolroom's big 15 year birthday at present (and its global parties in celebration of it), they've also found enough time for another mandatory volume in their esteemed Ibiza Underground series. With another collection of surefire hits and soon to be anthems that are sure to rock The White Isle this summer - this is all you need right here. A wide range of cuts (50 to be exact) that venture into darker territories come from the likes of New York duo Blondes on the fierce and broken "Quality Of Life" (Struction remix), the surprising addition of Scottish IDM wunderkind Lanark Artefax's "Touch Absence" (Intimidating Stillness mix), Dutch techno-bass merchant Martyn on the futuristic "Feel The Magnetism" and American retrovert Matrixxman on the tunnelling acid trip "Horizon". Rest assured that there's faire more typical of the label like Josh Butler, Franky Rizardo, Rick Wakley and birthday guests Booka Shade. For your convenience, the collection comes as two continuous mixes as well.