Review: Following up promising releases on Box Of Cats, Elastic Rhythms and Teethy, Los Angelenos Arnold & Lane made their Dirtybird debut last year with their track "BayBay" on the Couchout Compilation. 2021 sees them bring a full EP full of oddball grooves on "Dinky Whale", a serving of wonky, bass heavy and boompty minimal tech house. Going for more of a UK tech house vibe is "That's House Music" up next, a tough rolling groove full of attitude that is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor at peak time.
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'.