The Echovlt crew recently described Mosaics as the label's "lost release", a suggestion strengthened by the use of a catalogue number that has sat unused for four years. It's a compilation style EP that's naturally full of previously unheard treats. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the hazy, analogue deep house wooziness of Terekke's Sun Salutation remix of Bridge & Tunnel Kids's "Omni", to the synth boogie-influenced Balearic dreaminess of Indreamz self-titled debut cut. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the release is its casual eclecticism. Check, for example, the deep space instrumental hip-hop of Tlim Shug's "Memor For Your Dream", the rich, analogue deep house-goes-disco bump of Hugh Gerani's "Everything Just Happiness" and the Motor City influenced, intergalactic flutter of Shea's "Aspartame".
Amsterdam's Bobby Donny is a label by Steve Mensink and home to local wunderkind Frits Wentink amongst others. They now present Californian producer Tlim Shug (E-Beamz/Echovolt) with some lush, lo-fi house shenanigans. From the emotive, slo-mo deepness of "Untitled One" with its Terekke influence and VHS aesthetic throughout, then the second untitled cut - a dusty, MPC style jam reminiscent of that Berlin sound popularised by Max Graef or Glenn Astro. you can feel the vibe of "Untitled Three" with its hypnotic polyrhythms that will put you in a trance.
Since debuting on Echovolt a couple of years back, Tlim Shug has earned a reputation for making the kind of drowsy, off-kilter, analogue-rich, straight-to-tape deep house that's all the rage right now. This first appearance on Bobby Donny is full of the stuff; opener "Rari Techno", for example, sounds like it was recorded at six in the morning after 30 minutes sleep, such is its hallucinogenic dreaminess and pleasingly skewed rhythm track. The similarly hushed and rhythmically loose "Mutuality" has a definite Ross From Friends feel about it (the producer, not the uptight sitcom character), while the brilliant "Overstate" tune is so deep you probably need a mineshaft and a lift to access it.
Launching with both serious and strange statements of intent: the location-unknown vinyl only E-Beamz imprint continues its wide-armed embrace of the deep with another boundary-smashing 12". US mystery man Tlim Shug paves the path with chugging Chi-town jack that wouldn't go amiss in a Farina set while Playstation (a Frenchman you may know as Maukook) lays down an Omni Trio flavoured jungle joint that's coated in pads so thick and breezy you can taste them. Delicious.
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