Earl Jeffers and Don Leisure's Darkhouse Family project is without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite new entries over the last decade and, although they haven't put out a huge volume of music, it is all about the quality over the quantity. Their 2017 album, The Offering, is remixed here, and also released via First World, with the dup indeed offering a marvel of jazz-dance and all of its associated sub-styles. The remixers are class, of course, with the likes of Kaidi Tatham, Alfie Swan Andromeda Jones all smashing out some killer broken beats. The highlights, for us, are top-boy DJ Spinna's reinterpretations, with the producer dropping two ice-cold cuts - one house version and another slo-mo hip-hop groove for added texture. Sublime.
Famously, George Evelyn's Nightmares on Wax project is the only surviving link to Warp's early days as a bastion of Yorkshire house and techno. Of course, the Leeds native left that style behind years ago - though, interestingly, two tracks on this belated seventh album ("Eye (Can See)" and "Tapestry") touch on soul-sampling house - instead turning his attention to slinky downtempo grooves. For the most part, Feelin' Good sticks to the plan, offering up slow, laidback, summery fusions of soul, dub, funk, instrumental hip-hop and string-drenched Balearic moods. It's something of a return to form after a string of so-so sets, recalling Evelyn's two greatest moments, 1990s' downtempo classics Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul.