Review: UK DJ/producer Alex Virgo heads up his own Pomme Frite label but has also chalked up releases on Skint, Future Disco and Lost Palms. Here, he returns to the latter with a six-track EP that, broadly speaking, operates somewhere on the cusp between 'tech' and 'progressive' house, with driving, no-nonsense kicks and big, euphoric synth riffs much in evidence throughout. It's all plenty playable and has bags of energy, but 'Charge The Gun' is the standout for yours truly, as Virgo tones down the blissed-out vibes in favour of a slightly grungier, ravier feel with echoes of early Prodigy material.
Review: Silver Lake is DJ Physical aka Loyce Demellier's debut album, and it guides the listener on a high-octane journey through techno and electro. From the atmospheric, emotional acid of "Uranium", into the dramatic bass and string-soaked groove of "Gold Mines", it's clear that DJ Physical has carved out a distinctive style. That's not to suggest that this album lacks variety; as the seductive break beats of "Law Breaker" and the jungle inspired "Stay Forever" both demonstrate, Silver Lake is a diverse affair, but the common bond throughout is DJ Physical's musical approach, which bubbles to the surface on the title track's swirling techno.
Review: Italian artist KOKO initially rose to prominence via ear-pleasing, club-friendly blends of tech-house and deep house on the INFUSE and LOCUS labels. This outing for Shall Not Fade offshoot Lost Palms is a much deeper, gently melodious and occasionally jazz affair, with the 24 year-old bouncing between drowsy, soft-touch dreaminess ('You Can't By Luxury'), muscular-but-drowsy jazz-house ('Ego Borghese'), immersive deep tech-house (the gaseous pads, gentle melodies and breathless beats of 'Listening To Some Impala in Coventry'), sun-bright, acid-flecked dancefloor colour ('9.99 Euro'), breezy '90s Italian deep house revivalism ('Pegasus') and luscious, blissful two-step garage/deep house fusion ('Tradizione Tradimento').
Review: Over the last year or so Dylan Dylan has delivered a number of impressive contributions to split EPs and compilations. Lost Palms' boss Kieran Williams was clearly impressed, because he's snapped up her debut album, Euphoria. Thoroughly contemporary sounding whilst showcasing the richness and variety of Dylan Dylan's old school influences, it's a varied but coherent affair unified by a love of weighty bassline, shimmering synths and brilliantly programmed percussion. Highlights include the punishing intergalactic house squelch of 'I Got a Feeling', the rave-igniting breakbeat bustle of 'The Walk Through The Park', the ultra-deep instrumental hip-hop haziness of 'You', the ghetto-house thrust of 'FTA' and the pitched-down alien electro shuffle of 'Altered Ego'.
Review: The Lost Palms team seem to have a real knack for finding sonic gems, with this latest episode of their catalogue being another stunning selection, with Subjoi providing a gorgeous four-track display of atmospheric garage-inspired precision. We open up with 'In The Ashes', a beautiful harmonic display across emotive piano melodies and delicate drums, followed by a slightly quicker, more sub-driven creation in 'Steadfast', a very worthy title track indeed. Next, 'Count It Off' ups the pace again with a chime-driven harmonic structure and more intense drum processing, before the choppy basslines and intricate chord delays of 'Rapids' put a fancy bow on top of an already well designed selection. Lovely stuff!
Review: London-based Detoiter Demi Riquisimo has been responsible for some high-quality music over the last 18 months, most notably a superb two-tracker on Homage and an electro-focused outing on 10 Questions. Divine Reality, the producer's Lost Palms label debut, is equally as striking. Riquisimo sets the tone with the sci-fi seeped title track, where classic Kraftwerk synths, psychedelic acid motifs and shimmering Motor City electronics rise above a crunchy drum machine beat, before exploring disco-fuelled loop jam territory on the unfeasibly funky 'Local Chain'. Arguably best of all though is closing cut 'Green Machine', a joyously camp and driving chunk of late-night Italo-disco rich in mid-'80s synth riffs, intergalactic chords and thrusting electronic bass.
Review: Since switching from Greco-Roman Records to Lost Palms last year, Andy Smith AKA Lxury has reinvented himself as a maker of colourful, hard-to-pigeonhole dance music that puts kaleidoscopic synth synths, dreamy chords, and loved-up vocal samples at the heart of the action. The producer's new trademark sound is much in evidence on Smart Digital Life, an expansive collection of cuts that's full of subtle (and not so subtle) nods to different dancefloor styles. Our picks of a very strong bunch include the pulsating, Italo-influenced throb of 'Pad Ma', the rave-igniting house bounce of 'When I Wake Up' - all looped vocal snippets, vintage Orbital riffs and carnival-ready drums - the mid-tempo deep house weight of 'Up High' and the huggable dreaminess of superb opener '1722'.
Review: In the space of a handful of EPs and contributions to compilations, Edinburgh-based Astro has developed a trademark sound that tends towards the starry and intergalactic. He further expands on this attractive sonic blueprint on Into The Past, the producer's most sizable offering yet. There's plenty to set the pulse racing across the six tracks on show, from the piano-powered, peak-time sci-fi house of the title track, to the squelchy, loved-up deep house bliss of 'Calipso' and the driving, immersive dancefloor futurism of 'Mars'. Also worth checking is ultra-deep shuffler 'Celestial', whose heavy sub-bass adds serious dancefloor weight, and the atmospheric, undulating brilliance of 'Strange Object'.
Review: Having previously impressed via an appearance on Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation, Sylvain Creton AKA DJ Psychiatre has been offered a chance to showcase his developing sound via an EP on the Bristol imprint's Lost Palms offshoot. His trademark sound is dreamy, warming and colourful, with immersive pads, shimmering lead lines and ear-pleasing musical flourishes riding tactile house and breakbeat grooves. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the cheery, sunrise-ready shuffle of 'Very Funky, Very Soulful', and the ultra-deep late-night sleaze of 'Never Complain', to the woozy, drifting haziness of 'Keep This Sound Going' and the bleeping, Rhodes-sporting lusciousness of closing cut 'Le Ciel'.
Review: Since debuting via a well-received collaboration with pal DJ Swagger back in 2016, DJ Aedidias has only released a handful of singles, mostly on rather obscure imprints. This first outing on Lost Palms, then, amounts to the producer's highest-profile release to date. It's quietly impressive, too. For proof, check out bass-heavy opener 'Hypnotize', where drowsy deep house chords ride a bumpin' late-night beat, the spacey ambient chords and snappy US garage drums of 'Seductive', and the jazzier and arguably cheerier 'L'Aquitaine', where he makes use of some rather good synth stabs. Elsewhere, 'Ineedyourightnow' strikes a superb balance between sub-heavy hypnotism and dewy-eyed deep house bliss, while DJ Swagger's remix of L'Aquitaine is a heady, saucer-eyed wonder.
Review: From the deep south comes Australian producer Subjoi outta Adelaide to deliver Shall Not Fade sub-label Lost Palms a third solo release! Turning in a house, drum and bass, trance and hip hop inspired EP, Subjoi kicks it off with some Wu-Tang sample flavours in the looped and filtered house vibe of "Empty Nights". Enter some straight-up UKG vocals and Australian-pop synths done Bag Raiders style in "Alone" there's some raw and dusty drum and bass sequences thrown under a piano-laden track in "Desire". Turning to distorted amen breaks, jungle loops and drum and bass alongside some '90s trance inspirations in the title track "Bias" - Subjoi brings the love.
Review: Justin Jay has quietly amassed an impressive discography over the last seven years, delivering a mixture of high-grade techno, tech-house and deep house cuts. On his first outing for Shall Not Fade offshoot Lost Palms, the Los Angeles-based producer cannily concentrates on the deeper, warmer and more atmospheric end of his trademark sound, bouncing between dusty, sample-rich jams (the S3A style quiet jazziness of 'Where Didya Come From?'), up-tempo deep space electro ('Lost Boy'), bumpin' and immersive deep house melodiousness ('Questions') and off-kilter, decidedly psychedelic post-IDM electronica (the acid-fired 'WTF Dude?'). We'd also recommend collaborative crew cut 'Ramen With The Boys', a deep and dubby excursion where Benny Bridges, Krywald and Farrar all lend a hand.
Review: Brett Henderson AKA Computer Data is clearly one of Lost Palms' priorities for 2020, because this fine EP is the San Francisco-based producer's fourth single for the label this year. It picks up where its predecessor Seele left off, with Henderson first offering up the muscular but spacey deep house/techno fusion of 'Ego' - all energetic synth-bass, dreamy chords, bleary-eyed female vocal samples and bleeping melodies - before opting for a deeper, hazier and more hypnotic vibe on late night house shuffler 'Tonpooleins'. He reaches for the breakbeats on tactile, loved-up workout 'Highball', while 'M-Type' is a jacking, bass-heavy chunk of late-night techno sleaze. The trippy and psychedelic stomp of 'Parametric' rounds of another essential collection of Computer Data cuts.
Review: Shall Not Fade sublabel Lost Palms turns it up again by welcoming young producer and artist LXURY to its fold with this five-track maxi, Trinity Lounge. An artist formally known for his output on (Joe from Hot Chip's) Greco-Roman label he joins a cast of artists on Lost Palms that includes the likes of DJ Boring, J.Tijn and Harrison BDP! This label debut sees LXURY turn in an uplifting ensemble of tracks that sees summer vibes, attractions and melodies clash and bounce with a fresh aesthetic of future club and bass music, explored through touches of disco in "Memphis" and "Go (dub)". With fluro basslines exploding like a Starburst commercial in "Skydance" to dubbier, stepping and '90s vibes in "Dimly Lit" alongside the obscure club pop of "Blue Orchid", LXURY becomes a new name in future house and two-step inspired music.
Review: Following fine, must-check outings on Craigie Knowes and Let's Play House, rising star Eluize pops up on Lost Palms with a varied and ear-pleasing mini-album. The Night Tide label founder hits the ground running with title track "Eolian", enveloping a trippy, psychedelic house groove with dreamy vocalizations and richly melodic synthesizer motifs, before heading for warehouse-ready jack territory on the mildly foreboding "Losing Track". She dips the tempo on deep and melancholic chugger "Enklave", while "Opulence" is a creepy, all-analogue workout tailor made for wonky early morning dances. Elsewhere, "Leaze" is heavily influenced by sparkling, mid-80s Jean-Michel Jarre records, and "Ae" is a delicious drift through twinkling, piano-laden downtempo pastures full of dreamy vocal textures and sun-bright melodies.
Review: Earlier in the year, San Francisco artist Computer Data made the leap to Lost Palms with what we believe is his strongest and most impactful EP to date. Happily, we can report that this speedy sequel is every bit as alluring, offering a slightly more spacey and far-sighted blend of tracks. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the ghostly and melancholic hypnotism of techno opener "Seele", and the revivalist deep acid house dreaminess of "Verloren", to the hazy lo-fi techno trip that is "Verlust". Redlined ambient cut "Gleis Veir" is a picturesque delight, too, while "Broken" is a breezy slab of melodic techno positivity.
Review: Colombia's Felipe Gordon may be a relative newcomer to the scene, but on this superb five-tracker he evidences both a strong understanding/appreciation of dance music history and a remarkable degree of versatility in the studio. 'The Jupiter Song' is a garage-y affair built around stuttering Rhodes chords, 'Hey! Keep Going' takes us into acidic deep house territory and is one for locked-on 3am floors, 'Acid Horizontal Polka' is a proper 303 workout lightened by more garage-y keys, 'Snake Jazz' is a meandering, jazzual, sax-sprinkled drifter par excellence, and then finally 'Keep Us Separated' finds us back on more soulful ground.
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, Danny 'Swoose' Simpson has not released a solo single (or album, for that matter) since making his debut on Made Fresh Daily way back in the summer of 2013. He's clearly been productive in that time, though, because this pleasingly melodious and atmospheric comeback single contains some of his strongest music to date. He begins via the drowsy Rhodes chords, twinkling lead lines, robust electronic motifs and skittish machine drums of "Introspective", before exploring more feverish, hallucinatory deep house territory on the neo-trance influenced "Musa". Elsewhere, "Smile" is a lolloping slab of hazy jazz-house deepness, while "Lotus" is an acid-flecked skip through DJ Seinfeld/DJ Boring style breakbeat-driven deep house dreaminess.
Review: Since first emerging in 2018, San Francisco artist Computer Data has offered up a handful of decent EPs on fairly obscure labels. This outing on Lost Palms is therefore is his most high profile release to date; happily, he's made the most of the opportunity. Across the six tracks you'll find a range of grooves and moods, from the ethereal, winter-crisp deep house beauty of "Abendrot" and the deep techno hustle of "Baum", to the bleeping, 21st century electro/breakbeat/deep house fusion of "Selbstbesinnungen" and the life-affirming ambient drift of "Healintro". Arguably best of all though is the rolling breakbeat house lusciousness of opener "Keinrussich".
Review: Some six months on from his last appearance on Lost Palms, rising star Harrison BDP returns to the Shall Not Fade offshoot with another must-check EP. It's arguably one of his most energetic and forthright releases to date, too, with opener "The Devil In Disguise" cheerily doffing a cap towards the piano-sporting, gospel-tinged techno rush of Motor City artists Terrence Parker and Floorplan. In contrast "Dark Water" is spacey, deep and dubby - if no less dancefloor-ready - while title track "Cathedrals" is a lusciously melodious shuffle into heavily electronic deep house territory. As if that wasn't enough to set the pulse racing, "Reflections" sees the Cardiff producer brilliantly join the dots between jazz-house, two-step garage and futurist techno.
Review: Next up on Lost Palms is 1-800 Girls aka Jake Stewart. Dancing is an atmospheric affair that is sure to appeal to fans of more esoteric techno. "3am Central Line" opens the release with a gentle, stepping groove and squelchy acid lines, while in a similar style is "Latin Tongue": the 303s have been replaced with breathy, billowing synths, but the punchy drums remain. On "Don't Wanna Stop", Stewart ups the tempo to deliver rolling break beats, but they deliver jazzy keys, while the EP concludes with "Minds Nature", an evocative piece of music that has echoes of 90s ambient.
Review: London-based duo Zoo Look (Join The Dots/Tsuba/No Fit State) serve up four deep and dreamy jams for Shall Not Fade's sub-label Lost Palms. Kicking off with the sultry groove of "Love", followed by the groovy title track that's perefct for the summer and covered in that perfect sheen of dust and mandatory saturation. Finally "Red October" goes for more melancholic vibe, powered by its broken beat and evocative chords.
Review: Cardiff producer Harrison BDP has been on fine form this year, releasing impressive EPs on Piff, Enclave and Lost Palms. Here he returns to the latter with four more reasons to be cheerful. He begins with the spine-tingling late night brilliance of "Brute", where blissful, saucer-eyed breakdowns make way for bouncy, retro-futurist grooves, before re-imagining classic dream house via the picturesque shuffle of "Be Like Water". Elsewhere, the Welsh producer makes merry with psychedelic acid lines, dreamy chords and rubbery beats on "Easy Does It", while closer "Implosion" is a techno tempo surge of melodious positivity that's near impossible to dislike.
Review: Trudge is back on Shall Not Fade offshoot Lost Palms, almost a year on from the awesome 2017 EP When The Rain. Once again, the Parisian's lo-fi house exploits are in top form - from the raw and rusty locomotion of dynamic opener "Last Night She Left The Ground" that's awash in trails of plate reverb and celestial FM pads, the dark ambient interlude "Today I" which allows you to catch your breath until "Dust" gives your dose of deeply ethereal electro. Closing out proceedings is the euphoric/hypnotic acid epic "Inside Of Me" allowing for free fall motion down the vortex via the dancefloor. More promising stuff that follows up stellar work on labels such as Ave Traxx, Of Paradise and Dance Around 88.
Review: Last time we heard from Lock Eyes (AKA London-based Italian Pierfranco Demita), he was serving up wild blends of techno, acid house and electro on Lobster Theremin. Interestingly, this EP for Shall Not Fade offshoot Lost Palms is an altogether more melodious and positive affair, with greater use of spacey but sparkling synthesizer lines and bustling drums. These traits are particularly noticeable on the breakbeat driven headiness of "Vanished", which includes subtle nods towards 1990 style "bleep and breaks" hardcore releases, and the enveloping brilliance of Detroit techno-goes-deep-house rush of "On and On". That said, many will enjoy the energy-given cymbal lines, spiraling acid motifs and meandering analogue bass of "Flying Balloons", while off-kilter opener "Their Eyes Locked" is a fizzing aural treat.
Review: Fresh from serving up the scintillating Trasnformations EP on Underthesea, Brooklyn-based X-Coast (AKA Serbia-born producer Bojan Cizmic) makes his bow on Lost Palms. This time round, he's joined on writing and production duties by Tristan Hallis, better known as DJ Boring. Musically, the EP is as jaunty, fired-up and fizzing as you'd expect, with both "Todos Los Latinos" and the more anthem-like "Yucatan Channel" sounding like a fusion of Sound Factory era Junior Vasquez productions and saucer-eyed early '90s Italian piano house. Those looking for more tactile, head-in-the-clouds thrills should check the ambient house era sunrise revivalism of "Velvet Rope". Hallis dons the DJ Boring alias to remix the latter track, in the process turning in a slightly tougher but even more loved-up interpretation.