Review: Following the release of Cease & Desist's bleep & bass retrospective, Join The Future, in the spring of 2020, there's been a notable increase in labels reissuing similar material from that period. The latest archival imprint to get in on the action is Mint Condition, who have prepared a fresh, expanded edition of Peter Duggal's 1990 EP as Doggy, 'Psyche'. The title track - a much sought-after fusion of squelchy acid bass, bleeps, TR-808 cowbells and post-electro UK house beats, comes accompanied on this release by sparse, Unique 3 influenced bleep number 'Haze', original B-side 'Dog Food' - a more layered and starry-eyed exploration - and two previously unheard early versions of the EP's headline attractions. In a word: essential.
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'.