It's been almost exactly 12 months since Michael Baumann last put something out under the Soulphiction alias, a garishly coloured 12" on his own Philpot label. For a producer of his quality, that's far too long. "When Radio Was Boss", then, is a rare treat. The title track sees him exploring his trademark sound, a mix of heavy analogue, acid-house inspired bass, dense, Latin-influenced percussion, quirky vocal samples and razor-sharp strings. As usual, the blend is just right. "Maybachswagger" is, if anything, even better, delivering an atmospheric chunk of clandestine late night deepness built around shuffling samba beats, foreboding chords and female vocal scat singing. Impeccable stuff, then... as always!
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