Review: Following fine outings from Aimes, Rayko and Mufti, the Wonder Edits series continues via an expansive joint effort from DJ Steef and Mr Bard. Opener "All The Way" is dreamy and drowsy, layering echo-laden disco strings and spoken word vocals atop a metronomic, synth bass-driven slo-mo groove. It is followed by a dreamier, warmer "Dub Mix" as well as the cheeky high-energy stomp of "Vibes" - all quirky vocals, arpeggio style bass and trippy electronic flourishes - and the foreboding, piano-heavy dub disco head nod of "Jungle". To round things off Aimes interprets "All The Way", pushing up the guitars and offering for a far more trippy rhythm track.
Review: Any time that DJ Harvey gives us a sneak peek into the current contents of his record bag - sorry, USB stick - is a cause for celebration. As you can imagine, we're cock-a-hoop that he's decided to deliver a follow-up to his superb 2017 compilation "The Sound of Mercury Rising". As with its predecessor, volume two offers a giddy skip through chiming, synth-heavy original Balearic classics (Mandy Smith, Hugh Mane), weirdo European disco (Marta Acuna), evocative electronic soundscapes (System Olympia), blue-eyed synth-pop (Pamela Nivens), drum machine-powered Middle Eastern madness (Switchdance's sublime "Arabian Ride")and a swathe of tasty contemporary cuts (the jaunty jazz-funk of Midlife, Das Komplex's ace "Slap", Nu Guinea's splendid "Je Vulesse" and Peaking Lights remix of Land of Light being the highlights).