Review: Sao Paulo deep house producer Xique-Xique's Xaxoeira EP was originally released in 2014 but now sees a deserved vinyl release. Starting out with the very All Day I Dream-ish "1542" which is complete with lush xylophone melodies, woozy synths and smooth beats, he's then into the slow burning title track, which comes complete with cosmic atmosphere and sultry French vocals; just perfect for drifting. Ecuador's Nicola Cruz delivers a fine remix, staying on the same Lee Burridge style vibe of the first track and is perfect for an open air rooftop party near you next Summer.
Review: Rio producer Carrot Green gets a rare chance to shine with a full solo EP courtesy of The Magic Movement. Unlike most re-edit types, this guy prefers to conjure up more original productions, four such tracks are here, all of which reveal a deep and meandering textured sound. "Duress (Psyche mix)" starts things real slow with a sultry body music belly dance, "Marruero" is a deep Latin lullaby whilst "Dance Das Criancas" takes us up a gear with some livelier boogie synth (the Oceanvs Orientalis mix adds some extra trancey noodles). "Zulu" meanwhile is a winning slice of sensuous Balearic-nouveau. Classy!
Review: Dutch trio Yor Kultura head up the Laut & Luise imprint and are well regarded within mainland Europe's festival circuit - with appearances at some of the most respected events such as Garbicz Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event and of course America's infamous Burning Man. These guys can truly bring the goods! Beginning with the entrancing cosmo-balearica of "Lotus" with its woozy arpeggios and lazy rhythm patterns. On "Oak" they're then into some sleazy and slinky tech house (on the depper tip) that's perfect for the afterhours. The EP's true standout is the slo-mo tribalism of "Willow" with its smooth polyrhythms and hypnotic atmosphere, which you could imagine played live to much fanfare. It also gets a series of wicked remixes: Fleeting Wax main man Mehmet Aslan delivers a rendition that nails that indie-dance vibe, as heard by him on labels like Emotional Especial and Huntleys + Palmers. The dub mix by Aslan also features next and forgoes the wacky vocals for a more woozy and trance inducing version: that we were well into!
Review: Nicola Cruz returns with another spellbinding fusion of Afro Brazilian charm in the form of "Folha De Jurema". With the dusky dulcets of Arteria FM, the dusty strums of Spaniol and sultry plucks of Salvador Arguaya, Cruz commands a decorated cast as they explore a mystical new vision of a traditional Brazilian folk standard. The remixes are just as warm and alluring as Xique Xique adds a little steel string tension, Crussen maps out a chugging Scandinavian odyssey and Rio's Carrot Green brings us back home to the motherland with a poignant, hazy flutter of house soul. Stunning.
Review: Given the quality and volume of the label's output in 2016, it's something of a surprise to find that this is The Magic Movement's first release of 2017. It would be fair to say that it's been worth the wait, though. Amplify marks the debut of London duo Summits and contains a quartet of tasty tunes. Check, for example, the life-affirming chord progressions, woozy melodies, chopped-up vocal samples and rolling broken beats of "High Life" and the sunset-friendly warm of Afro-influenced deep house shuffler Omoba, which also makes great use of some fluttering flute solos amidst its synthesizer-driven positivity. "Indigo", where chanted African vocals and melancholic chords ride a beatdown style groove, is quietly impressive, as is tactile deep house opener "Amplify
Review: Germany's The Magic Movement are only on their ninth release to date, but it's clear that they'll most certainly be delivering constant flows of good beats and good, good vibes. Luca Musto is the man to drive more blissful Balearica into the air this time around, and the opening Once Upon A Grid is an absolute joy to the senses as it fills the room; the following "Parabel" delivers more cerebral hedonism with more Eastern touches. "Let Me Down" is an off-kilter house voyage that would have been absolutely loved by LTJ Bukem back in the day, and Llorie's 'black forest' mix of "Parabel" delivers another moody yet sensual house gem that will be stuck on our speakers for a while.