Review: Here's something to savour: a rare solo outing on All Day I Dream from label co-founder Lee Burridge. The former Craig Richards collaborator hits the ground running with opener 'Satelite Girl', where melancholic lead lines, ghostly chords and blissful electronic motifs rise and fall over a smooth beat that sits somewhere between deep house and tech-house. There's a more outer-space feel to the dreamy, drowsy and atmospheric cut that follows, the picturesque and pleasing 'Diving Bell', while 'A Hymn For Your Dreams' is a chunky, deep tech-house treat. Tim Green provides the obligatory remix, brilliantly re-imagining 'Satellite Girl' as a sparkling slab of ultra-melodic dancefloor positivity.
Review: Danish producer Emil Germ describes his music as 'snotty pop'. From the description, you'd expect the tracks contained within this expansive debut set to be stroppy, downbeat and sulky, but in fact it's something of a cheery, near Balearic delight. Smothered in the kind of tactile synths that heighten the senses, glistening guitar solos, tumbling melodies and eyes closed, boy/girl vocals, Adult Party is an impressive and very listenable debut. Highlights are pleasingly plentiful, from the title track's tear-jerking chords, violins and guitars, to the shimmering positivity of closer "Standing By Your Side".
Review: Those who dig around Bandcamp for inspiration may have come across Islandman, a Turkish producer and multi-instrumentalist dedicated to jaunty Balearic fusions of summery styles and sounds. Rest In Space marks his first release for an established label - Kenneth Bager's fine Music For Dreams imprint - and offers the perfect introduction to his seductive sonic world. The ten instrumental cuts included are colourful and attractive, with the Istanbul native wrapping jazzy guitar solos, whistling synthesizer melodies and Persian melodies around a variety of gentle, sun-soaked grooves. There are occasional nods towards drowsy new age ambience, dub and Pat Metheny style jazz-funk fusion, but for the most part it's a sparkling and humid affair.