Permanent Vacation co-founder Tom Bioly first served notice of his production talents with a contribution to Hivern Disc's highly prized Hiverned series, with the Twin Peaks theme riffing "Invitation to Love" a mainstay in the record boxes of Optimo and ND Baumecker. Fast forward a few years and Bioly is back as TB with his first full release, issued on home turf and every bit as potent as that Hiverned cut. Across the four tracks on City Girl, Bioly reveals a real diversity to his production palette with the dreamy title cut complemented well by the more stripped back minimalist thrust of "Nothing Is" and the fluffy "Domino".
Permanent Vacation label head Tom Bioly doesn't put out much material, but as Heartbreak Hotel, his latest release as TB, so effortlessly demonstrates, his approach is clearly focused on quality rather than quantity. The title track is a low-slung electronic disco groove, led by warm and emotive synths, while on "Hello Moon", he explores tripped out house music, underpinned by warbling acid lines. Clearly, Bioly believes in following the mellow, understated path towards dance floor seduction and on "Glitter", this takes the form of a pulsating rhythm, while on "Lilac", the German producer takes inspiration from the early releases of Traum and Trapez for an ethereal, tranced out minimal track. Don't hesitate - check yourself in to Bioly's house music hotel.