Review: For the second time this year, French producer Ivan Cattaud AKA & My Mother Say pops up on Neo Apparatus - the label that has released the vast majority of his work - with an EP of heady and occasionally spacey deep house treats. The producer's love of jazz-funk and fusion can be heard across the EP, but especially on "Cupcake", where jaunty electric piano chords, fluid bass guitar motifs and jazz guitar riffs bubble away above a deliciously deep and languid house groove. For peak-time plays, the low slung, disco inspired opener "Beautiful Day" looks the strongest selection - its dub disco bassline, echoing synth-flutes and heavy drums sound like they could create pandemonium on the dancefloor - while closing cut "Walking" is a Clavinet-sporting chunk of head-in-the-clouds house goodness.
Review: If you are looking for a true exploration into the realms of unknown sounds, then this is most certainly a project for you as SVBKVLT welcome 33EMYBW for a top quality LP project by the name of 'Arthropods'. Through a complex combination of super unusual pad structures, unpredictable rhythmic arrangements and gorgeous remix options, we can safely say that this is one of the most interesting selections we have heard all year. Despite the fact that we feel the project needs to be ingested as a fully functioning long play, individual highlights include the carnival-ready industrial percussion of 'Adam Bank', along with the incredible chiming melodies of 'Arthropods Continent' alongside Li Jianhong, and of course Ikonika's tribal-inspired remix as well!
Review: 2019 was a busy year for 84bit, a producer who released a mixture of deep house and nu-disco jams on a variety of largely digital-only labels. "Mamma Jamma" is his debut for Disco Fruit and features a number of notable cuts. Chief amongst these is the title track, a bustling, bass-heavy chunk of booming disco-house that's subsequently taken in a funkier direction by the ubiquitous Dr Packer, Hotmood and Tonbe, whose fine revision is looser, warmer and baggier. The EP also boasts two versions of "HN": an electric piano-laden original mix that expertly joins the dots between elecro, funk breaks and disco-funk, and a bubbly nu-disco revision by label regular Mitko.
Review: As you'd expect, there's plenty to set the pulse racing on this second selection of remixes of tracks from A Man Called Adam's inspired comeback album, "Farmarama". Aleksandir sets the tone by channeling the spirit of Floating Points' early deep house works on a deliciously fluid, dreamy and emotion-rich remix of "Higher Powers", before joining forces with A Man Called Adam on an "Edit" of the same track that's a little sunnier, breezier and more Balearic in tone. A Man Called Adam offer up their own "Low Cal Dub" of "Michael" that wraps trippy, dubbed-out electronic elements and head-mangling, acid-style electronics around a constantly shifting up, while the "Radio Edit" of "Mountains and Waterfalls" is a breezy, Latin-tinged chunk of springtime Balearic house brilliance.
Review: Without fail, Futureboogie Recordings' annual "Summer Riot" EPs are always amongst the Bristol-based imprint's finest releases of the year. This year's edition - the eight in total - is no different. It's five floor-friendly cuts include a locked-in chunk of late night techno hypnotism by A Sagittarian (undulating opener "Machine Elf"), a raw and wonky, mind-altering analogue house jam full of Yellow Magic Orchestra style computer bleeps (Red Flower Union's "Natural Self") and a piano-sporting chunk of old school house revivalism from Statue ("Ivory"). Manchester producer Neil Diablo hits the spot with the starburst Italo-disco chug of "Colorado", while Kincaid gleefully dances through New York freestyle and Bobby Orlando style hi-NRG on EP standout "Bulfas".
Review: For the last five years, Mikhail Khvasko has been offering up warm, woozy and sun-kissed music as A Vision of Panorama. The producer's latest missive - his fourth release for Mellophonia - is every bit as melodious, life affirming and listenable as its predecessors. He first joins the dots between bubbly synth-funk and sun-kissed Balearica on "Delicious Saw", before layering more vintage-sounding synthesizer lead lines, jazz-funk bass and an ultra-warm groove on the equally attractive "Lum". "Euphoria" is, if anything, even more positive in its dreamy, synth-sporting approach to musical pleasure, while "Fourth" is jazz and squelchy in the best possible way. Attractive, grown up synthesizer music for lazy afternoons and sweltering evenings.