Review: The Broken District label has so far proved adept at offering-up warm, groovy and sun-kissed cuts that tend towards the Balearic end of the spectrum. They're at it again on "Brokenbits Volume 1", whose opening salvo - "Bubbels" by Duktus - sounds like Dam Funk after an afternoon kissing and cuddling in the Ibizan sun. Jeppe Woolmer injects a little early evening energy via the dusty, woozy and quietly jazzy deep house shuffle of "Infinitives", before Jus Jam invites us to "Escape From The Hood" via a slow-burn chunk of deep broken beat/Balearic house fusion. To round things off, SofaTalk offers up the warm deep house/jazz-funk fusion of ear-catching closing cut "A Sparkling Day".
Review: Given that this is Audaz's 50th release (good going, given that the imprint was only launched in 2011), it seems fitting that it comes from label boss Lino Rodriguez, AKA Alkalino. The Munich-based producer has predictably gone in hard, delivering a quartet of original tracks aimed squarely at late night dancefloors. Opener "Side It Up" seemingly surges from the speakers, with flittering tech-house elements and murky vocal samples riding a wonky, bass-heavy groove. "Drumberg" sees him charge off into tech-acid territory with impressive results, while "Sparkling" sounds like vintage Orbital fused with 21st century German tech-house. Finally, he reaches for the mutant bass, horror textures and acid lines on closer "Minga", arguably the EP's standout moment.
Review: Having made their mark in the Afro-house scene as part of the Basel-based Alma Negra collective, Dario Rohrbach and Dersu Figueria have decided to try their hand at musically expansive deep house. Given their production experience, it's little surprise to find that this debut EP for Drumpoet Community is really rather good. There's much to admire throughout, from the soul-soaked, gospel-tinged jazz house of "River" and hypnotic dreaminess of "Giesterlied", to the starburst electronics, soulful vocal samples and hazy shuffle of superb opener "Sparkle". "All The Love To You", a jazz-funk influenced chunk of deep house/disco fusion, and the gospel-inspired "Honey" are also pretty darn tasty, too.