Review: 55 Cancri E may be known as a distant exoplanet to some, while to others it is some truly beautiful and ethereal folk/nu-gaze business courtesy of Malmo via Berlin's Sara Hausenkamp. She appears again on Denmark label Music For Dreams with her new release. The album is about the search for peace in the soul, a longing to find a home and a journey between planets Tellus and 55 Cancri E. Hausenkamp's seductive yet angelic voice soars above some endearing and transcendental arrangements. We particularly enjoyed the mellow country/blues flavour of "Att Lamna Tellus I (Oknen)" or the eerie and contemplative "Alltid Du" which indeed really showcases that amazing voice of hers.
Review: Ambala is comprised of the legendary Phil Mison with Thomas Schulz. With a bit of help from disco dons Laid Back they served up some deep and bluesy lounge business on "Walk With The Dreamers" for Copenhagen based Music For Dreams. It now gets a series of great remixes by fellow disco/balearic royalty in the form of the The White Isle's finest: Leo Mas who is joined by fellow Italians Fabrice and Giorgio Li Calzi. We personally preferred the lo-slung balearic goodness of the "Dreamers Dub" which is perfecting for drifting at Cafe Del Mar or Cafe Mambo this Summer on the island.
Review: Nicolai Kornerup and Hannah Schneider were originally 'companions' before looking to each other with artistic intentions in their eyes. The result was an improvisational electronic act called AyOwA. Following a summer spent experimenting with vintage synths, reel-to-reels tape machines, and Schneider's ethereal voice, they came up with a series of dreamy, fuzzed-out arty synth pop songs. Quickly snapped up by Music for Dreams in the US, we now the six tracks of "Eremit" to swoon over, and frankly, we've fallen head over heels...just as you will too!
Review: Like a fine wine or a golden-coloured single malt whisky, Be Svendsen's tracks becoming increasingly tasty as he matures as a producer. Gone are the atmospheric tech-house tracks of old, replaced by a series of increasingly expansive and musically rich releases that touch on a wider variety of styles. "Drop The Gun" is a teaser for the producer's forthcoming debut album, "Between a Smile and a Tear", and offers a great example of his continuing development. It's rather good, all told, offering a hugely atmospheric blend of decidedly cosmic synths, hypnotic mid-tempo machine beats, bubbly electronic melodies, crunchy dub disco guitars and a hazy vocal that implores a woman called Jenny to "drop the gun and saddle up the horse when you're riding home".
Review: When Be Svendsen dropped a teaser single for this long-awaited debut album last month, we commented that his productions are becoming far more mature, varied and musically detailed. "Between A Smile and a Tear" emphatically proves our point, shuffling between melodious, mid-tempo Balearic deep house ("Falling"), crackling, jazzy and folksy soundscapes (the brilliant title track), dub disco-influenced wonky synth-pop ("Drop The Gun"), Italo-disco revivalism ("Andromeda"), blissful ambient business (the delightful "Moments"), cosmic rock ("Hazy Eyes") and dewy-eyed, impressively impressive vocal numbers ("October Letters"). In other words, he's finally delivered the album he's been capable of for some time. Don't sleep.
Beyond The Rainbow (radio version) - (3:08) 100 BPM
Beyond The Rainbow (dub Swing version) - (7:26) 117 BPM
Heart Of The Storm - (7:21) 120 BPM
Beyond The Rainbow (Fletch remix) - (6:30) 120 BPM
Review: Betina Bager is an unusual character - jumping from fashion to music and more. Here she finally gets to release one of her dream projects, in collaboration with Brian O, a vintage swing style reinterpretation of Judy Garland classic, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". The original gives the 1930s lament a quirky gramophone groove aimed at retro dancefloors everywhere. It gets pumped up even more on the slammin' dub version and in Fletch's plinky-plonk house remix. Bonus track "Heart Of The Storm" sees heavily orchestrated boogie the order of the day. Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!