Review: Bent is one of the most seminal 90s duos in all of electronic music. After more than a decade and a half out of the game, the quirky outfit is back and has a whole album's worth of new music ready to go. First though, we're treated to this new package of remixes of one of their singles. Enduring UK champ Ashley Beedle goes first with a nice groove that captures lazy afternoon summer vibes perfectly. As you'd expect, Crazy P layer in cosmic rays of melody while the ever excellent Nail goes for a rollin deep house version with ear worm pads and vocals. The Somethin' Sanctified mix is for when you head indoors and begin to get down on the 'floor.
Review: A warm welcome back to cheeky downtempo twosome Bent, who hear offer up their first studio set for 14 years. Up in the Air is full of neat reminders that what made them so popular first time round, namely a seductive, slinky, atmospheric, sample-heavy sound that tended towards the tongue-in-cheek and was more likely to draw influence from dodgy, radio-friendly 1980s soft-rock singles and vintage easy listening than obscure Balearic beats or austere electronica. There are of course a few differences - it's far more polished than their early works, and even more musically detailed - but for the most part this is vintage Bent. Given how miserable the world is right now, it's rather nice to listen to an album that prioritises cheeriness, quirkiness and musical colour above all else.