Review: These days, C Da Afro seems to be pushing the likes of Rayko, Sunner Soul and Mitiko hard for the coveted title of "most prolific remixer and re-editor". The Greek producer is once again in fine form on this Furious Mandrill outing, offering up a quartet of cuts that are funkier than a gurning gibbon after a night out with the Goodies. Our pick of a very strong bunch is sturdy, filter-sporting disco-highlife revision "Highlight Groove", though sweet, string-laden opener "Coconuts" and the colourful, synth-laden tropical disco number "Tropical Boogie" push it close. Kwaito/Afro-boogie number "Zooming", which closes the EP in fine style, is also worth a listen.
Review: Part of the appeal of Frits Wentink's productions has always been their inherent wonkiness. While his take on deep house has always drawn on classic US house influences, these are often combined with curious synth melodies, off-kilter jazz samples or subtle nods towards UK garage. All of these inspirations can be heard on the Dutch producer's latest outing for Heist Recordings. There's much to admire on the toy-box melodies and bumping beats of "Child Of The Universe", the fluid, late night deepness of "Worldwide Deluxe Edition", and the drunken jazz-house shuffle of closer "Yeah But Maybe Never". Best of all, though, is "Rising Sun, Falling Coconut", a delicious fusion of slipped US garage grooves, heady late night vocal samples and wild, P-funk-on-acid synth lines.
Review: This is a typical Steve Bug release and this is what makes it so impressive. Like much of his back catalogue, it effortlessly flits in mood from celebratory to deep before ending up in tripped out mode. The title track sees the Poker Flat boss in typically jaunty mode, with summery keys unfolding over an upbeat tech groove. "Thick As Mud" is much darker and rides a searing bass and tougher drums. Rounding off the release is "Pants on Fire", where Bug draws on his minimal background to deliver a pulsing, acid-soaked affair that is custom-made for after hour usage.