Review: Usually found on Om's offshoot, Smoke N Mirrors, this latest release by San Francisco's Shiny Objects sees a promotion to the parent label. "The Velvet Side" also betrays a musical shift to a darker sound, which totally pays off. Highlights of this classy seven track long player include the gothy glam-rock-body-music of the title track, the proggy eight-minute spaced-out lunar jam "The Universe Unfolding" and the deep, agitated-house of "Nervous".
Review: San Francisco native Christopher Smith has a long relationship with Om offshoot Smoke 'N' Mirrors, though this is his first 'proper' single on the label. It's got a slight Futureboogie Recordings feel about it, with Michael Marshall's excellent vocal soaring above a bubbling, 'future disco' influenced, synth-heavy house groove. It's shiny, heavy, hooky and strangely addictive - the epitome of 21st century house. Of the two accompanying remixes, it's predictably the Maxxi Soundsystem rework that hits home hardest. With its warm pads, shuffling grooves and sun-baked vibe, it sounds like it was created with Croatia's Garden Festival in mind.