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Following the inauguration of his new imprint The Brane last year, Ewan Smith returns with a new EP on Aus Music - his first for them in a couple of years since 2016's brilliant There Is No Right Time LP. The Berliner by way of Scotland serves up some flavours that are very much a product of his new environment, and will appeal to followers of minimal techno new wave - as heard on the retro flavoured mini-funk of the title track. We can't quite pronounce "Thewizzwasfordillysmissus" but can best describe its vibe similar to what labels like Traffic or Time Passages are pushing at present, while the aptly titled "Sicko" is deeply beeping and glitching groove that's for perfect afterhours dancing at Club Der Visionaere - a club he frequently DJ's at.
By now, we should all know what to expect from Toolroom's "Poolside Ibiza" compilation strand, namely groovy nu-disco, house and laidback Balearic beats inspired by afternoons spent lounging by the water in stonking White Isle heat. Naturally, there are plenty of gems to be found amongst the 40 unmixed tunes selected by chosen DJs Moullinex and Xinobi, from their own collaborative post-punk/dub number "X Marks The Spot", to the slick '80s synth-pop dreaminess of Tensnake's fine remix of Xinobi's "Far Away Place" and the drowsy, Morricone-influenced soundscape weirdness of Simple Symmetry's remix of Moscoman's "I Ran". Throw in some seriously good cuts from Felipe Gordon, Donald Dust, Pin Up Club and Meera (whose carnival-ready boogie jam "Fine Without You" stands out), and you have a fine collection of summery cuts.
Not content just releasing surefire grooves on Relief, Unknown To The Unknown, Edible and their highly popular W&O Street Tracks - British duo Waze & Odyssey get stuck straight in for their new effort on Hottrax. "Shape" will entrance you with its sublime melody, airy pads and steady rhythms on this evocative and highly engineered production. It offers up something a bit different from Jamie Jones' label of late - well known for its no nonsense tough rolling grooves of the darker variety. A remix comes from fellow Londoners No Rules (Tommy Boy/Future State) who deliver a swinging and tripped-out minimal house rendition that's perfect for the afterhours.
UK born, Berlin based producer Matt Karmil first appeared on our radar a few years ago, with his brilliant Fight EP on Mule Musiq sublabel Endless Flight. Testament to his diverse sound, he's since appeared on Bristol bass institution Idle Hands, Swedish oddball house heroes Studio Barnhus and Norway's Smalltown Supersound. It's the latter where he's explored his more disco leaning side - and that's on display here on the Sourced EP. From the slo-mo and sultry deepness of "I Love It", "KO" with its smoky late-night jazz bar vibe and the funky title track - where the drummer gets wicked beneath a bass driven and evocative groove.
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