Review: Slowly surfacing from a pool of labels that includes Pets Recordings, Ajunadeep and Life & Death, Joseph Ashworth for Moscoman's Disco Halal label delivers a deeper subtle affair most defined by its lead track "Breathe" that fizzes with digital distortion, the crackle of electronics and the sibilance of enchanted whispers. The track builds into an emotional fuelled number of deeper progressions and even trance that's given a crowning remix by Tunnelvisions that tops the EP, while "Expectation" delivers the record a slightly more straight up, clubby tech house mix alongside the disco burning "Alternator".
Review: Alchemy is the first record that Midland has released on his own imprint in three years, but it was worth the wait. It begins with the title track's live drums and out-there electronic squiggles that move up and down the intensity spectrum. On "Frequency FM", there are similarly rickety drums, shot through with rolling backbeats and mournful sounding electronic melodies that recall early Autechre work. "Play It As It Lays" continues the trend of contemporary producers drawing on hardcore influences, with whooping vocals unravelling over a teased out drum track. Last but not least is "Tortuga", a more atmospheric affair that stays away from the dance floor.
Review: Maintaining party vibes for the lockdown period is Yousef Zaher and his Circus Recordings label with this hot hot hot collaboration with Manchester vocalist Evabee and north London duo Gorgon City. Sending in tech house beats alongside a whirr of peaking synths and progressive basslines, "Free Myself" is full of suspense, tension and melodrama just waiting to explode! Free yourself!