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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Justin Jay, Benny Bridges, Krywald & Farrer - "Ramen With The Boys" - (6:08) 133 BPM
Wtf Dude...? - (6:15) 140 BPM
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.