Review: Following up great releases by Folamour and Loure, Delicieuse sub-label Noire & Blanche hand the reins over to local producer Milan Tell - who follows up some great releases on Coastal Haze and Quartet Series. The Cool Bananas EP features a bunch of truly deep and sensual grooves for the late, night such as the smoky and o-slung groove "I Lost 200EUR In A Club" led by some smooth Rhodes action. More uplifting and sunkissed vibes on the splendid "Cool Bananas" (just in time for the Summer season) while the mesmerising "Camel Ride" will captivate you with its ethereal pads and strong, hypnotic polyrhythms.
Review: Having previously set out their stall via a series of well regarded multi-artist EPs, Quartet Series has decided to offer regular contributors a chance to release solo singles. The first comes from Parisian producer Tell. He begins with the driving, bass-heavy grooves and undulating synth loops of "Faster Than Light", before tipping a wink to Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys and vintage Italian house on the wonderful "Y'all Feel That Honey (Paradise Mix)". "What Can You Do For Me" is a superb slice of jazzy, US garage-influenced deep house bliss that makes use of a much-loved boogie-era vocal, while "Vamos a la Playa" is a fluid dancefloor treat smothered in jazzy guitars, rich chords and soft-focus sax lines.
Review: Thanks to two superb EPs, Quartet Series - so-called because each release features a track each from four different artists - has already established itself as a must-check label. Predictably, there's more sonic gold to be found on the imprint's third EP. Tell kicks things off with "Hope Springs Eternal", a woozy, kaleidoscopic, garage-inspired bumper smothered in electronic positivity, before Darko Kustura moves further towards early Floating Points territory with the loose, warm, fluid and spacey "Messier Object". Loz Goddard's fine "Home" successfully melds crispy drum hits, undulating melody lines and rich chords with a bluesy vocal sample, while Bal 5000 impresses with the psychedelic, outer-space madness of "The Acid Is Mine But I Share".
Review: If we're counting correctly, this is the eighth album in the 'Too Slow To Disco' series overall, and the second 'Ladies Of...' volume, so you should have some idea what to expect by now! But for anyone who hasn't been introduced, slo-mo nuggets that are roughly contemporaneous with the disco era are the series' stock-in-trade, and they've unearthed some truly splendid nuggets here. See for instance 'Love The Way You Love Me', a surprisingly sensual groove from light entertainment stalwart Marti Caine that's absolutely dripping in funk - you'd swear that bassline was Imagination, for starters. There are one or two slightly over-schmaltzy moments but generally speaking these are late-night smoochers n' swayers of the highest order... soft focus, white wine and roses optional.