Review: Brazilian duo My Girlfriend - AKA veteran multi-instrumentalist Zopelar and 18-year-old wunderkind Benjamin Sallum - come with six pleasingly varied cuts here that will suit the dancers as well as the chin-strokers and headnodders. 'Piercing', a two-minute beats-free intro piece that's reminiscent of early System 7, opens proceedings, followed by 'Gidi', which marries ker-razy jazz beats to a west coast funk b-line and suspiciously 'Baby Love'-like female "ooh-ooh-ooooh-oohs". Things take an 80s electro turn on 'Modal', 'Believe In Something' has a blissed-out, Sunday AM feel, 'Corner Club' is a fiery lil' shuffler and finally 'Fingers' pushes further into looping, experimental territory.
Review: Since signing with Studio Barnhus in 2018, Bella Boo (real name Gabriella Borbely) has released a couple of quirky, off-kilter EPs in the Swedish label's trademark hard-to-pigeonhole style. Here the Los Angeles based delivers her debut album, an expansive nine-track affair that shifts shape at regular intervals. After beginning with the lightly Afro-tinged vocal deep house pulse of "Can't Leave You Like This", she breaks up the beats on rolling workout "She's Back", offers up some downtempo nu-jazz on "Tuesday", squelches her way through contemporary deep hip-house number "Hotel Europa", goes on an ambient diversion via "Stars", and doffs a cap to Floating Points' early works on the jazzy but acid-fired wonder that is Axel Boman hook-up "Do The Right Thing".
Review: On this release London club and institution Fabric helps Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards' Wiggle brand celebrate its 20th anniversary. It's done so by putting together a 20-track compilation that includes music from Just Be, (aka Bushwacka), Berkson & What, D'Julz and Jay Tripwire. Just because it's minimal in sound doesn't mean it's minimal by nature and this Wiggle For 20 Years compilation presents 74 minutes of grooving rhythms with material from recent Wiggle guests Alex Arnout, Saytek and Dachshund, as well as some fresh cuts from long running Wiggle affiliates like Gideon Jackson.