Review: The second instalment in the Tale of Tales series brings with it four more reasons to be cheerful. Dirt Crew regular Felix Leifur steps up first with "Eitt", a lovably loose, dusty and occasionally wonky trip into blazed jazz-house territory. The jazzy mood continues on Toy Tronics duo COEO's rolling deep houser "Clouds", before Moony Me peppers a bustling, organic-sounding groove with sparkling synth refrains and drowsy chords on the thrillingly hazy "Soul Mirage". Sune opts for a far more bustling, chunkier beat pattern on skewed disco-house caper "I'll Be Right Back", which features some superbly cut-up and rearranged vibraphone solos alongside punchy horn samples and a brilliant post-breakdown drop.
Review: Olafur Breidfjord aka Ilo put out a well-received artist album back in 2001, before promptly vanishing for 15 years. The Icelandic artist has re-surfaced lately, and it is fitting that one of his comeback EPs is on Rekjavik label Lagaffe Tales. The title track is an unusual combination, with Ilo mixing up spacey vocal samples, found sounds and rolling but mid-paced drums. It's a catchy, infectious affair, and it's hard not think of turn of the millennium artists like Zero 7. "Miracles" is more dance floor-focused and sees Breidfjord combine a powerful bass with gorgeous filters and more effortless vocal samples. It makes for a beautiful, musical release.
Review: Lagaffe Tales is a record label founded in Reykjavik 2012 by Jonbjorn Finnbogason & Viktor Birgisson. Their second release features four tracks from their homeboy Moff & Tarkin: it's actually just one bloke named: Magnus Felix Tryggvason. Hence the alias. and he's not even based out in Iceland anymore, he lives in Vienna now apparently! Anyway, Big Mango Bangers gives us a good taste of the fresh style that the guy has to offer. The A side has two sturdy soul edits, 'Naked' and 'I Got This' and as the label themselves best put it 'work some superb sample action.' 'Mutual Distraction' gets some neon lit 80s house vibes happening in the vein of Lauer or Tuff City Kids while the bleepy and entrancing 'Skutlais a great DJ tool in the vein of fellow Scando Todd Terje.