Review: Next up on Polish imprint Exotic Refreshment LTD is a South Korean producer: Yeong Kyoon Byeon aka Downpour with the Samsara EP. He gets super deep on this superb five tracker: from the seductive slow-motion drifter that is the title track, deep melodic tech house for solitary dancers on "Marionette" (original mix) and the hypnotic journey "Karma" (original mix) which is pure elevation. On the remix we have Armando Letico (Talavera/Souq Records) taking "Samsara" into tribal rain dance territory and SAAND (Sol Selectas) delivering an evocative rework of "Karma" to close out this fine release.
HAFT - "Denic" (Anatolian Sessions remix) - (7:11) 118 BPM
Review: Even by their impeccably high standards, the Exotic Refreshment label enjoyed a highly productive 2018. To celebrate the fact, the crew behind the Poland-based imprint has put together "Secret Garden", a "year in review" compilation featuring tracks from ten of their favourite releases. Our picks of a predictably strong bunch include the drowsy, trip-hop influenced head-nod of HAFT's "Obtable (Trippin Jaguar Mix)", the gentle dreaminess and ultra-deep house grooves of PHCK's rework of Sanderman and Leon Power's "Dion Is Walking", the tropical dream house flex of Chambord's "Symbioz (Juan Remix)" and the sub-bright melodic fluidity and chugging mid-tempo beats of Downpour's immaculate "Samsara".