Review: Abase (Hungarian producer Szabolcs Bognar) teams up with Australia's Ziggy Zeitgeist (real name Zeke Ruckman) on an EP that'll suit those who like it downtempo, experimental and world music-oriented. In fact, of the six cuts on offer, only 'Body Mind And Spirit' and 'Phoenix Rising' have anything to do with "deep house" at all - and even then they're strictly for floors that lean heavily towards the soulful/bruk beat end of the spectrum. Elsewhere, 'Elevation' and 'Meditation' blend ambient and jazz influences, 'Saturn Return' comes on like Incantation gone prog and 'Nuit Des Torres' is a midtempo beats thang.
Review: In the space of a handful of EPs and contributions to compilations, Edinburgh-based Astro has developed a trademark sound that tends towards the starry and intergalactic. He further expands on this attractive sonic blueprint on Into The Past, the producer's most sizable offering yet. There's plenty to set the pulse racing across the six tracks on show, from the piano-powered, peak-time sci-fi house of the title track, to the squelchy, loved-up deep house bliss of 'Calipso' and the driving, immersive dancefloor futurism of 'Mars'. Also worth checking is ultra-deep shuffler 'Celestial', whose heavy sub-bass adds serious dancefloor weight, and the atmospheric, undulating brilliance of 'Strange Object'.