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: Lost Palms' latest EP showcases the work of Anthony Fade, an Aussie twosome whose members (Brendon Zacharias and Mike 'Jenson Interceptor' Melas) have both previously impressed via rock solid solo releases. What I Need sees them in a retro-futurist frame of mind, combining bumping, no-nonsense, redlined house bats with a variety of hazy musical elements. Some will compare the energy, riffs and glassy-eyed vocal samples of "Get With You" to rave-era British productions, while the deep and jazzy warmth of "What I Need" is similar in tone to the kind of woozy, sun-kissed material regularly found on Rhythm Section International releases. Elsewhere, closer "At Night" is dark, thickset, driving and hugely atmospheric, while "Brick Street" tips a wink to classic Chez material.
Review: Like so many others of late, Baltra seems to be looking to the halcyon days of Italian dream house for inspiration. While it's easy to identify plenty of other influences across the four tracks - the rough-round-the-edges feel of lo-fi analogue house, the undulating TB-303 lines of Chicago acid (see the fuzzy deep house bliss of "Angel"), early British ambient house (the woozy and becalmed "ISO") - it's the grandiose, stretched-out pads and saucer-eyed atmospherics of vintage Italo dreaminess that catches the ear throughout. These are most evident on superb opener "Rendezvous", but can also be heard accompanying the shuffling two-step rhythms and evocative field recordings that mark out DJ Seinfeld's superb remix of "ISO".
Review: Lo-fi house merchant from Poland Bartosz Kruczynski returns as Earth Trax with another serving of retroactive VHS styled dreams. Also known as The Phantom, he has had previous releases on current 'it' labels such as Rhythm Section Intl, Dopeness Galore and Emotional Response. "Deprive Me of Air" is a sensual groove that bounces away deeply assisted by low-bit rate beats, granular pads and all beneath the mandatory layers of tape hiss. "Cafe Luna" is his way of channelling early Warp Records style ambient electronica: loved this one! On the flip, "I Gave You Everything" is a nice one too features all the tropical Amazonian aesthetics of 808 State style acid house from back in the day.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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.