Review: Since debuting on Nervous n 2016, Yulia Niko has popped up on a number of high-profile labels including Crosstown Rebels, Subliminal and Get Physical. "Molly & Sally", a track featuring guest vocals from Coro Coro, marks the Russian's return to the latter label after a two-year absence. In its' original form, "Molly & Sally" is low-slung and weighty, with Niko layering oriental style string melodies, loose-limbed Afro-house percussion and Coro Coro's stylish vocals over a jacking beat and heavy, locked-in bassline. The accompanying remixes are tasty too. Mihai Popoviciu beefs up the beats and dubs-out Coro Coro's vocals to create a head-in-the-clouds tech-house treat, while SIS re-records the bassline and focuses on the Afro-house percussion sounds to give the track a more exotic and otherworldly feel.
Review: Over the last few years, Get Physical has signed a number of South African artists. Chief amongst these is Blanka Mazimela, who has apparently been given the task of compiling the next volume in the imprint's "Africa Gets Physical" compilation series. To get us in the mood for that set, the Cape Town-based producer has served up this rock-solid EP of fresh productions. Particularly impressive is the title track, which sees warm and gently soulful vocals from SK rise above sparkling pads, evocative clarinet lines, heady piano motifs and tech-tinged Afro-house beats. He continues the deep-tech theme on "I Made Mistakes", where Korus takes the mic on a shuffling and picturesque chunk of South African deep house gold, before diving headfirst into Afro-tech waters on the deep but extra-percussive goodness of "Gcwanini". In a word: superb.