Review: Japanese downtempo don Calm has released over a dozen albums in a career dating back to the 90s, and here comes the remixed version of his latest, 2018's 'By Your Side'. Overall, the 'mellow mellow' part of the title makes more obvious sense than the 'acid' part, because the tempo rarely moves above walking pace and the 303 comes out on only a couple of tracks, but if downtempo, headnoddin' grooves are your thing you'll find much to enjoy, while Lucas Croon's remix of 'Before Landing' brings a little dirty funk to the party and Cantoma's rub of 'You Can See The Sunrise Again' is a blissed-out Balearic houser.
Review: Wowzer! 6Blocc is on a roll right now as he follows up his hench Biggie versions album with another humungous package dedicated to an absolute legend. This time it's the unmistakable sunset dulcets of Sade. Come-to-bed eyes at the ready, any of these will get hearts fluttering but highlights include the Bungle-style star-gazing twist of "By Your Side", the light-footed skips and woozy sheen of "Haunt Me" and the big sweeping string lament and sudden twist of "King Of Sorrow". That's barely the tip of this soul iceberg and he's also included a fat stack of breaks from the originals. Get creative with 6Blocc by you side (not sorry)
Review: Steve BCee's Spearhead imprint finally unleash the S.P.Y. anthem that featureS on Marky's Fabric mix along with reaching high in the end of year polls. And no wonder, "By Your Side" is a stone cold classic! Uplifting and emotional, the beautiful instrumental intro with haunting clarinet flourish, delicate harp glimmer, warm sweeping High Contrast-style, cinematic strings, scattering breaks and swooning vocal that leads to crisp breaks, warm, undulating bass and an incredible orchestral passage made it a ubiquitous feel good anthem that pushes all the right buttons and will continue to do so for a long time yet. Just when you thought it couldn't get much better, Logistics takes over for the remix on the flip. Well matched to the sound of the original, the Hospital lynchpin roughs the track up adding crunchy breaks and peak time drum rolls, whilst the increased tempo lends a euphoric edge to the vocal. Good work all round.