Review: Bedrock mainstay Vassiloudis dives deep into the Miami vibe with a selection of vibes that represent the best side of the mega music conference. Not the obvious 'hands in the air' peaktime anthems but the more mature, discerning backbeat of the event. Spanning from more chilled poolside party pieces to more full-bodied slabs of euphoria, highlights include Guy J's spellbinding "Twenty 11", the ocean-like synth washes of O'Donovan's rush-tastic "Crimson Flare", and the warm chords and tribal rhythm of Eagles & Butterflies "Pharoah". Not the most obvious Miami tracks, but that's exactly the point of this lush, well selected exercise.
Review: In a bid to celebrate 16 years in business, Mallorca-based Garito Cade Bar has joined forces with the like-minded souls from Sweden's Local Talk imprint. The result is a collection compiled and mixed by resident DJ Nacho Velasco, featuring both well-known and previously unheard gems from Mad Mats and Tooli's well-loved label. While many people will have some of the better known material here - think Fred Everything's excellent "Brothers & Sisters (PM Atlantic)", HNNY's "Fr The Very Forst Time" and Kyodai's "Something Special" - it's the previously unheard selections that make it Music Joined Us worth investigating. Of these new cuts, it's Tommy Rawson's lusciously loose "7 Days" and Jesse Futerman's smouldering "Life Is A Gamble" - smoky soul re-made as Latin-tinged deep house - that stand out.
Review: Lithuania isn't known as a hotspot for house music, but as Silence Please shows, it contains more than its fair share of talented artists. The Few Nolder takes on Markas Palubenka's "Kill Me" and Fink's "Q&A" map out new possibilities for modern deep house, the vocals chopped up over dreamy chords and snappy drums, while Darius Vaikas pushes towards a darker sound. This he achieves with the chilling strings and rippling bass of his interpretation of Mario Basanov's "Machinarium" and the chiming drums of his own "White Eights". But it isn't just Vaikas who embodies the Baltic wind blowing in over Vilnius and Mario & Vidis' "Warung" is an inspired piece of eerie, bleepy house.