Review: Bristol house imprint Banoffee Pies return with more subtle and hypnotic grooves. first is the mysterious Jay Anderson with "Didn't Care Too Much". While not much is known of him yet, we are sure that will change once people listen to this track: deep minimal house that crosses over into electro much in the vein of Frenchman TC80 or what his peers on Japan's Cabaret imprint are doing right now. Next up, Greek up and comer Simonas Paplauskas serves up the rolling and entrancing afterhours cut "Untitled" which takes its cues from the current sounds of Romania: an immaculate production. Then, Ukrainian producer Peshka delivers another jagged yet downright wacky and unique take on reduced grooves with "Basic Instinct".
Gallegos - "Less Questions The Better" - (4:32) 127 BPM
Review: Bristol imprint Banoffee Pies stands out like a true jewel within its fair city's musical scene, challenging the status quo of heavy bass driven music with its carefully curated selections of music from the deeper and more minimalist spectrum. Now making their smooth grooves available on digital format, the label provides a retrospective of some of their highlights over the last few years. The tough and rolling jack of Ruf Dug's "Cosmic Feelings" featured on their very first release, Swede in Sydney Adam Stromstedt (co-head of Lyssna) is a staple of Banoffee Pies now and served up the sublime hypnotica of "Gedank" last year on BP06, as did Rotterdam's Philou Louzolo (on BP04) with the lush and ethereal deepness of "Alter Ego". Jaffa Surfa's "Souled Out" from 2016 is another worthy addition - this funky and rolling tech house stomper by the Hungarian scene veteran is truly lit!
Review: We've been very impressed by the output of prolific Bristol imprint Banoffee Pies since it launched back in 2014. Predictably, this latest mini-album of fresh productions from members of the extended Banoffee bunch contains some real gems. Check, for example, the punchy two-step rhythms, dusty deep house aesthetics and leisurely jazz guitar of Christian Jay's "Palm Grease", the bumpin' jazz breaks of Hansel's "K.O Bad (Edit)", the looped vocal samples and bass-heavy shuffle of Beaner's "It Takes Two" and the electro-flecked old skool house revivalism of Ac$ closer "Clinical". Best of all, though, is Martin Hayes' "Broken Memory", a Rhodes-laden saunter through deep house flavoured instrumental hip-hop territory.