Review: The mysterious Vyvyan (whose true identity is a closely guarded secret) returns to Man Power's Me Me Me label with this four-track EP. Opener 'Voices In Time' comes on like a cross between minimal and mid-00s electro house, while a more percussive and in-your-face remix from Elliot Adamson closes out the EP on a driving, acid-flecked note. In-between you'll find loopy tech-houser 'What They Do' with its hip-house vocal and incessant, rough-edged bass throb, and 'Tableau', which treads similar ground to 'Voices In Time'. All told, the EP's four jagged, energetic cuts defy easy categorisation, and as such could work on quite a range of dancefloors.
Clark - "Strength Through Fragility" - (2:18) 125 BPM
Nosaj Thing - "2K" - (2:32) 135 BPM
Review: Danish power trio of electro-pop persuasion consisting of of drummer/DJ/producer Tomas Barfod, and the two-headed vocal monster singer/bassist Tomas Hoffding, AKA Bon Homme and singer/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg present us with a dreamy, deep and ethereal journey much in the vein of their own productions as a continuous mix. Highlight include The Acid's "Ra" (David August Remix), George Fitzgerald's melodic journey track "Your Two Faces" and DJ Tennis with "Diversions" and the Roman Flugel remix of it which is just amazing. All in all a consistent mix that'll help you drift away wonderfully. Available as individual tracks plus a bonus continuous mix.
Review: While most of us have never heard of Winston, fellow dusty-fingered record collectors hold him in high esteem. On his contribution to Z Records' essential "Under The Influence" series it's easy to see why. His selections are uniformly superb and, bar a handful of cuts, almost unknown to anyone outside the serious collecting community. For proof, check the celebratory, slap-bass propelled disco-funk of Doug Payne and Polygon's "Holiday", the heady, high-octane disco thrills of Expose's "I Just Wanna Dance With You", the low-slung early funk-rap headiness of Jungle Band's "Jungleland (Part 2)" and the wickedly percussive salsa-disco heaviness of Suave's "Salsa Gon Gitcha". In other words, it's a killer collection of top-notch cuts that you'll never have heard before. What's not to like?