Review: Italy's masters of the Balearic re-edit return, with chief scalpel-wielder Enzo Elias successfully touching-up a trio of saucer-eyed classics. His penchant for dreamy old Italian deep house is well-known, so it's little surprise to see him reworking Morenas' tactile, twinkling "Hazme Sonar" (a production by the team who brought us "Sueno Latino"). Removing most of the original vocal and teasing out the action for maximum effect, Elias makes great use of the rolling piano lines and attractive bassline. Elsewhere, he successfully stretches out and rearranges Lady Bird's trumpet-laden deep house number "Jazzy Doll", and provides a thoroughly floor-friendly, peaktime rearrangement of Afrika Bambaata's piano-heavy 1990 hip-house jam "Just Get Up & Dance". It has "festival anthem" written all over it.
Review: Calm's second outing is already in the shape of an album, once again coming through on Italy's reliable Hell Yeah! Records, marking a significant step-up for the artist, and an entrance into the more conceptual side of electronic music. The album begins as a thrilling voyage of sounds and remains as such for its entirety, using the wider 'balearic' framework as a platform to base its diverse range of tracks. Synths are the biggest component of these segments, gently weaving an immersive story from the ground up. There are hardly any beats on here but the music is full of movement and rich in texture, creating a colourful world that sways from sadness to euphoria with elegance.
Review: It's been ages since we've heard from this brilliant cosmic act. Ever since their 2013 second album, Another, in fact. Well, it appears that they're back with Incubo Sintetico - an EP in which they tackle music from classic John Carpenter horror films. "Car Obsession" is a suitably moody 80s synth haunter, "Christine", from the film of the same name, is perky, accelerated Italo disco, "The Fog" is theatrical analogue synth creepiness and "Napoleon" wraps it all up in fluffy electronic cotton wool.
Review: Longstanding Italo duo Crimea X pay homage to the oft-forbidden art of ghost wooing. The result: Two Balearic-minded bliss sessions and two outstanding remixes. "Haunted Love" has a beautiful sense of development. Building up from the mournful, almost Black Strobe-like bass rumbles we're soon treated to a shimmering array of melodic textures and counter chords. "A Present" is much more direct and pounding. Nodding towards the likes of Depeche Mode but with modern Silver City twists, there's a tangible sense of psychedelia coded deep into the spiralling groove. Remix-wise Lauer adds a butt-wrigglingly sexy synth bass to "Haunted Love" while Legowelt flips "A Present" into a classic electro jam. Spookily awesome.