Review: Citizens of Vice's latest on-point EP comes courtesy of Andy Buchan, a producer, remixer and re-editor who has previously released umpteen EPs on labels such as Midnight Riot, Hot Digits, Paper Disco, and Masterworks Music. To our ears, the standout cut is undeniably opener "What U Do 2 Me", a joyously summery and rush-inducing affair that layers bouncy piano riffs, elastic synth bass and pitched-down vocal samples over a suitably big and ballsy groove. Pete Herbert takes a different tack on his remix, re-imagining the cut as a sparkling, synth-heavy chunk of proto-house/Balearic nu-disco fusion. Elsewhere, "Get Down" is a driving chunk of organ-sporting nu-disco/deep house fusion, while "Dubble D" sees Buchan pepper another sturdy groove with jaunty synth-riffs, sunset-ready piano stabs and Italo-influenced electronics.
Review: Following in the footsteps of Poker Flat and Intacto, Bedrock becomes the latest label to tap Mihai Popviciu for a release. The Romanian DJ and the scene that he has helped to develop in his home country has received attention worldwide and as this two-track EP demonstrates, it's not hard to understand why. The title track is a relatively simple proposition, but an effective one nonetheless; a vocal sample repeats its title ad infinitum, supported by a niggling acid line, swooshing filters and tight percussion. On "Ok Cool", Popviciu more or less repeats this formula - including a vocal sample and firing hats - but the key difference is the rubbery, booming bass that underpins the arrangement.