Review: Permanent Vacation's Safari series has previously done a great job in mixing overlooked gems and forgotten highlights from the label's expansive back catalogue, with previously unreleased material. Two years on from the release of the second volume, the Munich-based imprint revives the (successful) formula for a third selection. With a rather grandiose 29 tracks to choose from, there's plenty to enjoy, with Permanent Vacation's usual dancefloor-minded eclecticism providing all manner of stylistic shifts throughout. Standout tracks include Kool DJ Dust's brilliant 808-electro workout, "Platonic Lover", the Balearic wooziness of Candyblasta's "The Ocean", a suitably big and bouncy rework of House of Wallenburg by Marcos Cabral, and a stunning chunk of vintage Chicago house revivalism from Beautiful Swimmers (the excellent "Excited").
Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation churns out releases at a rapid rate, making it annoyingly easy to miss out on great material. Lucky, their sporadic Selected Label Works compilation series can help fill in the gaps. Volume Five contains a wealth of tasty treats, from the wonky late night throb of Dolkraut's mesmerizing "Fire", and progressive house influenced dancefloor bliss of TB's "City Girl", to the Orbital style intelligent techno of Daniel Bortz and Sacha Sibler, via the bass-heavy wonkiness of Lake People. There's also another chance to savour Session Victim's loose, warm and groovy rework of Midnight Magic, and a tops-off-friendly chunk of Sound Factory era pump from Tuff City Kids.
Review: The Munich based deep house and nu disco institution returns for their fourth safari and it is quite the trip if we do say so ourselves. The landscapes.. the wildlife.. be prepared for an epic journey! Highlights on here include the gutsy analogue punk of Drvg Cvulture's "Night Time Is The Right Time", prog house don Henry Saiz teaming up with sometime John Talabot cohort Pional on the dreamy "Uruboros" and Sweden's always reliable Axel Boman with the dreamily hypnotic "Die Die Die!" which despite its title is summery and lush: a potential anthem of Summer 2017. Hidden treasures, lost classics and exclusive tracks through the deepest house valleys and the highest disco mountains of the label's catalog.
Review: Permanent Vacation return to the superbly slack sounds of The Return Of Love, last year's long player from West Coast troupe Woolfy Vs Projections, lifting out "Set Me Loose" for reworkings from a typically stellar cast of cosmic minds. Recently anointed into the Balearic Hall Of Fame otherwise known as the Claremont 56 Original series, Swiss producer Lexx demonstrates once again his production prowess matches his digging skills with a lead remix which envelopes the original in a dubby, exotica that gets better with every listen. Spanish producer El_Txef_A trades warmth for a sparse, stripped down groove that brings out a sense of tension, whilst Erdbeerschnitzel's mate The Drifter adds some surprising punch to proceedings.
Review: This excellent EP sees tracks from Woolfy vs Projections' 2015 album Stations get the remix treatment, with an impressive cast of producers contributing fine re-rubs. With the exception of Cali's drowsy, dreamy Balearic take on "My Room", the emphasis is on making us move. Fantastic Man leads the way with an acid-fired, dark and throbbing Atmospheric Dub of "Walkaway", while El_Texf_A also reaches for the TB303 on his deeper, dreamier rework of the same track. The standout revisions, though, come from Coyote and Man Power; the former's interpretation of "Jackie" is a sweet fusion of Balearic nu-disco brightness and undulating acid lines, while the latter layers up the percussion on a dense, energy-packed rendition of "Chances Are".
Review: Since first joining forces at the tail end of the noughties, California-based duo Simon 'Woolfy' James and Dan 'Projections' Hastie have become masters of the Balearic blend, delivering albums packed full of hazy, picturesque gems that join the dots between a multitude of sun-kissed styles. They're at it again on this third full-length for Permanent Vacation. Across the 11 tracks, they variously fuse, mangle and doff a cap to flamenco, dub disco, AOR pop, stoned West Coast rock, chugging Italo, lilting downtempo grooves, reggae, deep house, post-punk dub funk, and folksy pop, all whilst retaining their now familiar beach-friendly sound. Station's greatest moment, though, is "Who", a blindingly good - and suitably baggy - cover of Odyssey's 1974 Balearic anthem of the same name.
Review: Permanent Vacation bring us the debut long-player from LA duo Woolfy vs Projections. Nu-disco from the poppier end of the spectrum is the general theme, with a strong 80s twist - as evidenced by a slo-mo cover of Bananarama's 'Cruel Summer' which actually works surprisingly well, in a TOTP 1986 kinda way. Standouts include last week's trailer single 'Last Dance', the hazy, lazy instrumental 'Being Endless' and the hefty, bassy chug of 'Fall Into You', while the 80s Euro-style vocals and pop sensibilities mean its an album that could find favour among fans of acts like Hot Chip or Little Dragon.