Review: Since she last appeared on Wolf Music back in 2018, Gene Tellem has gone on to release a handful of ultra-limited, vinyl-only missives that disappeared from record stores in double-quick time. It's good to have her back on digital download, then, via an EP that consistently hits the spot. She begins by taking us into deep space on 'Ain't Got Everything' - all smooth but jazzy synth bass, intergalactic electronics, bongo-laden beats and echoing female vocal samples - before offering up the squelchy, smile-inducing dancefloor dreaminess of 'Mind Readers' and the acid-flecked deep house retro-futurism of '2nd Time Around'. Also impressive is Jennifa Mayanja's remix of 'Ain't Got Everything, which has a breezier feel and features the twin delights of raw analogue bass and some classic-sounding pianos.
Review: Back in November 2017, Gene Tellem debuted on Canadian imprint SOBO with "Who Says No", a three-track assortment of blissful, saucer-eyed deep house and techno treats. There's a slightly different feel to this belated follow-up on Wolf Music, but the showcased music is no less deep, dreamy and melodious. He begins by smothering crunchy machine drums in spacey chords and gentle starburst melodies on the sumptuous "Phase Memory", before tipping a nod towards early Orbital classics on the retro-futurist shimmer of "Omni". Elsewhere, "Big Bill" offers up a killer combination of jazzy bass, loose-limbed electronic drums and rolling synth riffs, while "NYC Meditation" sits somewhere between off-kilter turn-of-the-90s deep house, IDM and ultra-deep broken beat.