Review: After releasing some typically atmospheric tech-house, Cosmic Cowboys pop up on Kina with a silky-smooth deep house release. The original version of "Velvet", which kicks off the release, sounds like it should be soundtracking some kind of dimly-lit German soft porn flick - though it is, we should add, miles better than the soft focus saxophone drivel usually included on such cheesy late night films. Remix wise, there's plenty to enjoy. David Durango gets lively with the percussion on his sparkling remake, while Boris Hutton infuses the original melodies with some African-influenced instrumentation. There's also a semi-Balearic, stargazing mix from Tonrike, which should satisfy those looking for beach bar tackle.
Review: In some ways, "Lamb" by Lula Circus is like many modern house tracks. It starts off as a stripped back groove, hiccupping and stuttering in reference to its mnml heritage, but it soon veers into a disco filtered breakdown. What sets it apart however are the subtleties, like the juddering vocal snippets and their infectious combination with the disco riffs. "Rainy Days" on the other hand sounds charmingly out of time with current trends. Like a techier version of Kenny Hawkes's classic "Sleaze Walking", its walking bassline, live-sounding groove and dramatic strings shine brightly over the monochrome horizon - and when the 'if the sun don't rise tomorrow' refrain kicks in, it feels like the late 90s never ended!