Although Born In Flamez has been present in terms of live recordings and DJ mixes over the last five years, he has put out a surprisingly small amount of official releases. His last effort for the Infinite Machine imprint, a digital-only EP that managed to blend the best of both IDM and ambient, has earned him a comeback, and it's clear that the producer's sound has evolved once again. In what feels more like a mini album, Born In Flamez successfully pulls off a heist involving power electronics and r&b, powered by a noticeable bass 'couture'. Not one of these 7 tracks remain stationary, with each one morphing and shape-shifting up and down the hardcore continuum. If you're a post-modernist in need of a good old mash-up of dance sounds, then you will certainly find it in Impossible Love. A truly hybrid art piece.
While its releases have so far been sporadic, Hamburg's Room With A View has an impressive pedigree. Under the watchful eye of owner and A&R man Phil Dairmount, the label has proved a constant source of quality house and techno over the last three years - as this 15-track retrospective neatly shows. There's much to admire, not least Dairmount's overriding passion for machine soul. Everything here is touched by raw, electronic beauty, be it spine-tingling vocal techno (the wonderful Sebastien San/Aaron Carl collaboration "Faces"), Larry Heard-ish Chicagoan deepness (Motor City Drum Ensemble), melancholic futurism (Sasse, Basic Soul Unit) or smooth deep house (Art Of Tones).