Picklejam is a UK producer whose career began 10 years ago while still a student in Leeds. He started out making tech-house but latterly, inspired by the likes of Fingerman and Yam Who?, he's made the leap over into disco territory, albeit on this latest offering for Rare Wiri we're talking disco as heard through a hazy Balearic filter. Three mixes to choose from: all feature the same squelchy synths and vocoder vox but they vary in tempo/energy levels, with Swedish veteran Martin Brodin's surging, euphoric rub winning out to these ears and coming on like an E rush in digital form.
Following a string of admired releases on Anjunadeep, African electronic music collective Bantwanas returns to All Day I Dream after a near three-year absence. They're in fine form, too, delivering two typically tactile, dreamy, tech-house-tinged deep house numbers. Totle track 'Ixesha' is full to bursting with poignant piano motifs, sweet female vocals and atmospheric field recordings, while 'Izolo' is a sunnier, more sparkling affair rich in marimba and kalimba melodies, warming chords and shuffling drums. Lee Burridge joins forces with Lost Desert to provide remixes of both cuts: a more minimalistic, stripped-back tech-house take on 'Ixesha', and a hypnotic, dreamy, locked-in version of 'Izolo' that impressively enhances the track's inherent beauty.
Ever since making his debut on Wiggle way back in 2005, Manuel Sahagun has delivered a steady stream of high-quality releases that variously explore his takes on deep house and tech-house. What Is Time?, the Argentinian producer's first outing on Minor Notes, is typically accomplished, interesting and analogue rich. He first joins the dots between laidback electro, acid house and turn-of-the-90s deep house on 'Le Mirage', before opting for a more rolling, hypnotic, late-night house sound on 'Future On Earth'. '2 Hour Roots' sounds like Larry Heard jamming with Boyd Jarvis, Timmy Regisford and freestyle-era Louie Vega, while 'Early & Late' is a picturesque, slow-motion house number tailor-made to soundtrack sunsets and sunrises.
Play Pal Music's latest recruit is Eleizer, a Tel Aviv-based twosome best-known for their releases on New Day Everyday and Eskimo Recordings. Taking a cue from compatriots Moscoman and Red Axes, the duo's sound is psychedelic, moody and low-slung, joining the dots between cosmic disco and post-punk. This alluringly intoxicated vibe is explored on opener 'Ritmica La Noar', a fine collaboration with Mufti; the arguably superior, surf guitar-sporting throb of Skelesys hook-up 'Don't Be'; and the delightfully psychedelic, synth-powered head-trip that is Ackerman co-production 'Halalit Ushma Tshuka'. The EP also sports remixes of all three tracks, with the deliciously layered, sun-speckled Modular Project rework of 'Don't Be' being our pick of a very strong bunch (though the breathless, hallucinatory TYU version of 'Halalit Ushma Tshuka' arguably has more dancefloor potential).
Since joining Permanent Vacation in 2019, Yor Kultura has delivered a trio of EPs that put a new spin on tribal house and atmospheric techno. Here, the trio's work gets remixed for the first time since 2018. Rebedello steps up first and delivers a typically moody, loose-limbed, slowly building version of 'Shimming' rich in live-sounding drums, foreboding chords, sharp electronics and dystopian new wave riffs. DJ Ground handles 'The Hunting', layering sun-bright, rising and falling synthesizer melodies atop a restless bassline and lo-fi drum machine beats, before Yor Kultura re-imagine 'Today' as a fuzzy, stropped back, chugging tribal number complete with bursts of melody, panicked riffs and delay-laden vocal snippets.
Kenneth Bager's Music For Dreams brings in the summer season perfectly with this debut LP from Ibiza stalwarts DJ Pippi & Willie Graff. As the Danish imprint' best stated themselves, the duo have had 'a long and fruitful relationship with the White Isle' and this splendid 12-track affair wonderfully showcases the many facets of the Balearic sound. The slo-mo seduction of "Piel A Piel" featuring Jacob Gurevitsch and vocalist Charlotte Caluwaerts opens the album on a perfect note, with other highlights including the sultry mood music of "Art Of Sax", the flamenco-inflected sunset soundtrack of "Volver" (feat Paco Fernandez) and the emotive deep house closer "Suenos" - a tribute to the late, great island favourite Jose Padilla.