Review: Good time guys Adan and Ilse have spread their macho message over a bonus-sized EP and it's a rich tapestry. Largely retro-gazing to the exciting emergence of electro pop in the early 80s, but with more contemporary production values, it's a deep dive into an endless trippy kitsch cosmos. With layered loopy vocals and nagging, bum-shaking analogue synth hooks it's both alluring and exciting thanks to its light-hearted delivery. With remixes from David Carretta (churchy vocals), Peter Rainman (Depeche Mode flex) Apparatus Acid (naughty techno) and Club Armour (think early Black Strobe), this really is quite the package.
Review: This compilation arrives with a rich heritage of V Recordings compilations behind it, and Planet V has for a number of years been the flagship series for Bryan Gee's label. Edition four comes to a whopping 73 tracks and includes a mix as well, and all the familiar V faces are present, from Alibi to Paul t & Edward Oberon. All of the tunes have already seen the light of day in a previous form, and Disrupta and Duskee's 'Deep Thoughts' is one of the standouts, as Disrupta lays down a minimal yet funky beat for Duskee to rap lyrical over, something he does with serious presence. New gun SL8r makes several appearances, including on the excellent 'What U Need', which bounces along in a synthscape of serious depth and texture, its funky nodes nodding to the beat of a vintage blend. Crossover outfit Think Tonk also shine with 'Tom & Heavy', an offering unique in its stepping, breaksy percussion and one which oozes soulful class. There are dozens more to have a gander at, so take your pick.