Review: Although they've delivered plenty of fine singles over the years, it's invariably Session Victim's albums that get us hot under the collar. This is primarily because it gives them a chance to showcase a wider range of grooves, tempos and instrumentations amongst the ear-pleasing dancefloor workouts. Their sunny disposition, noted sample-spotting ability and varied inspirations are all in evidence on the German duo's third full-length excursion. It's a deliciously evocative, enjoyable and mood enhancing affair that smilingly meanders between dreamy jazz-house bliss, Bossa-Balearic fusion, disco-sampling cheeriness, glistening slow jams, Afro-tinged deep house warmth and humid dub riddims (the impeccable "Castle For Sale"). In other words, it's another hugely enjoyable romp packed full of winning moments.
Review: Apologies for banging on about this, But Session Victim's recent Listen To Your Heart album is one of the best Balearic-minded house sets we've heard this year. It goes without saying, then, that this third sampler EP is packed full of playable goodness. While they've naturally included an obligatory slow jam (wonderfully dreamy Balearic beats cut "Castle For Sale") and a rush inducing, gradually building Balearic soundscape (EP highlight "Thermal Explorer"), the other two tracks jostle for position in the "best for peak-time plays" stakes. Choose between the tactile nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Head Over Heels" - all sweeping strings, bubbly synth bass and twinkling piano flourishes - and "Almost Midnight", a wonderful trip into disco deep house territory that's as rich and musically expansive as they come.
Review: Originally out on vinyl in 2008, Stilove4music's collection of supposed "Lost Tracks From Detroit" finally comes to download. Rick Wilhite kicks off proceedings with "Can You Feel Me", a typically hypnotic head-nodder that benefits greatly for some spiralling loops and awkward, off-kilter atmospherics. DJ Marquis' "Head Over Heels", meanwhile, is a classic soulful house excursion that offers a near-perfect balance of New Jersey garage sassiness and Detroitian soul. It's arguably the stand out cut. The EP closes with "What Am I Gonna Do" by TJ Dumas, a floor-friendly cut-up of disco standard "I Want Your Love". If you didn't pick up the 12", don't miss out this time round.