Review: After six years spent teasing and titillating with a steady stream of high value singles, David Kennedy is finally ready to release his debut full-length under the now familiar Pearson Sound alias. The first artist album to appear on the Hessle Audio imprint he co-founded with Pangaea and Ben UFO, Pearson Sound is a surprisingly sparse and otherworldly affair. Intriguingly, Kennedy's usual twisted, dubbed-out analogue rhythms largely take a back seat, with moments of tough dancefloor abandon (see "Rubber Tree" and the tipsy "Headless") playing second fiddle to stripped-back synth-scapes and otherworldly ambience. It's striking on first listen, and only gets more impressive with repeat listens
Various - "Magik Four" (continuous DJ mix by DJ Tiesto) - (1:13:43) 136 BPM
Review: These days when you see Tiesto and Magik Muzik on the same sleeve, you know it's going to be something special, and here they dig out the classic Magik Four 'A New Adventure' compilation from the Black Hole vaults. 16 timeless anthems from the golden era of trance, handpicked and mixed by the original superstar DJ on the label he made his name. Featuring amongst others; 'Your Own Acid' by Kai Tracid, Armin 'Communication' and the Cygnus X remix of Art of Trance 'Easter Island'. At just L9.49 it is an essential moment in history that needs to be in your collection.
Review: Noire & Blanche is a new sub-label from long established French imprint Delicieuse Records, whose catalogue is full of slinky deep house gems. EP number one comes from sometime Fauxpas Musik and Moonrise Hill Material producer Folamour, and features five loose, toasty tracks. Folamour excels at combining live instrumentation, choice samples, and swinging deep house beats. This is particularly evident on the glistening "You Never Told Me I'll Miss U That Much" (check the evocative guitar parts and hazy chords), but can also be heard on the soulful loop-jam "When U Come Into My Life", and superb opener "Lampadaire". Arguably best of all, though, is "Just Another Lonely Night Eating Sushi", which manages to be both bittersweet and strangely heartwarming.
Review: Latch Recordings have really smashed this one out of the park, and it's courtesy of Tribal. If you like your music dark and rolling, this is the release for you, especially if you like your drums crisp, pointed and full of force. The percussion on this release might be the highlight and that's evident on 'Sparkle', which has such a wickedly driving collection of hits and knocks that we're getting a bit hot and sweaty under the collar. 'The Call' is similar and takes you on a rough and tumble journey through sonics that are unpolished in the best way possible. Banging.
Review: Strut's archival remit remains as international as ever, with their latest compilation squaring the focus on late '70s Hawaii on the delightful Aloha Got Soul: Soul AOR & Disco In Hawai'i 1979-1985. Across the backdrop of societal change on the island (statehood into America in '59 and the Vietnam War) Hawaiian youth found inspiration in the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and later Earth Wind & Fire leading to a truly vibrant scene by the mid-'70s. It's after this where Strut pick up the story, bringing together a glorious 16 track collection that spans the genres and suggests Hawaii to be a most fertile location for music during this era. Do take some time to check the detailed sleeve notes from Aloha Got Soul's Roger Bong which offer further context for the music!