Review: For anyone with a passing interest in 90s European techno, Stefan Robbers' work as Florence is an essential project because while it was inspired by Detroit techno it is shot through with his unique perspectives. The Analogue Expressions reissue on Delsin shines a light on his benchmark Florence Eps for the Eevo Lute Muzique imprint. Ranging from mellow and mournful tracks like "It's In The Hands" and the utterly timeless 'The Vineyard' to the kind of insistent grooves so beloved of Robbers - check the snaking bass and swirling psychedelic synths on "Analogue Expressions" itself - to more hyperactive steely futurism as articulated on "Robotica", this is a truly stellar collection of electronic tracks that still shines brightly after three decades.
Review: How does a label follow up a surprise summer smash? In the case of Ellum Audio and the excellent New York Is Alright from TV Baby, founder Maceo Plex returns with his first original material for the label in nearly a year, teaming up with Odd Parent's Maars on Going Back. A simple two tracker aimed at the dancefloors, the lead original mix takes the vocals of Florence Bird and weaves them deep into the groove of a dark, sonically hypnotic arrangement with all the usual Plex nuances like crisp drums, gloopily foreboding bassline and clipped strings. The dub version naturally discards with Bird's contribution yet retains the intensity.
Review: Back to Atlanta, 1978: Keither Florance and his Clark College compadres laid down this beautiful rare-as-unicorn-teeth 45. Ably curated by Andy Noble and once the sole preserve of a small amount of collectors, Tramp's reissue ensures we can all enjoy these sparkling cosmic jazz funk creations with added remastered benefits. From the dubby reflections of the instrumental heads-down stamped of "Free" to the more hopeful, rising cadences and soft soul of "Future", these 39-year-old jams have matured consummately.
Review: The Voodoo Rebel label fluctuate across all varieties of 'bass', and this new release from the enigmatic DES is no exception. In fact, Milan/Florence has the characteristic of never sticking to one formula for too long; there is an abyss in terms of styles and influences between the waves of the title tune, and the looser, more tribalistic patterns of "Ramen & Churches". The Motin remix of the lead tune takes the original down more worldly paths thanks to a flurry of Eastern melodies and twangs, while Boogaloo & Bizt throw down a completely different sort of bass nugget that has something very UK about it. PrP's version of "Ramen & Churches" is our favourite tune on here, its hazy flutter of distant bass trumpets working their magic on us good and proper. Big up!