Review: Going by the volume of tracks on show, it would be fair to say that Masterworks Music's "Bag of Tricks" is not a little handbag, but more like a Mary Poppins style bottomless carpetbag. The label's latest rummage through its seemingly endless contents has been a successful one, with the 20 showcased cuts including a wealth of fine fusions of disco, house, boogie, electro and 80s soul. It's uniformly dancefloor-focused, with highlights including the Afro-house/disco-tech fusion of JB Dizzy, the driving, spaced-out disco-house grooves of Mike Woods, the loose-limbed, off-the-wall edits of Chewy Rubs, the sweet disco-soul bounce of RocknRolla Soundsystem, the delay-laden synth sing-along styles of Rayko and the hot-to-trot brilliance of Downunder Disco.
Review: Nathan Jonson, brother of Wagon Repair czar Mathew, releases Where Did You Just Go? under his HRDVSION moniker. Typically, Jonson crams in a plethora of ideas into the album, and the result is a brilliant mess of leftfield electronica that touches on techno, electro and glitch. "Captivated Heart" could almost be Moustache (Half A Scissor) era Mr Oizo, while "Bush Of Crows" is a epic freakout reminiscent of DJ Koze's "Mrs Bojangles". Such comparisons, though, are largely pointless, as this is a truly singular album from a truly singular artist. Check it.