Review: Jan Schulte aka Bufiman drops his debut album on Dekmantel, and it's a thing of cosmic beauty. There's the odd ball groove of "Galaxy", on "Sara Sara", he tackles electronic boogie with great flair and "Hoolock Rock" is a superb slice of spaced out disco. However, Schulte's project is not just concerned with revisiting existing styles, and he seems to be just as content when teasing out weird and wonderful new hybrids. These are articulated most impressively on the frazzled acid and steely drums of "Blow Your Mind", the dreamy down tempo drums and tropical sounds of "News From The Treetops" and the sludgy electro funk on "Langsam Aber Slowly".
Review: Danish chillout label Music For Dreams wakes up to a new year in Kaybola, a place somewhere to be found in Turkish artist Islandman. It follows his Rest In Space LP on the label in 2018 and presents an interpretation of cultural and traditional sounds within a context of club electronics and sentimentality. Taking inspiration from a place of exotica that could come from sub-continental archipelago or a landlocked mass near the dead sea, a temperature of atmospheres make their way across the album, from sunny more relaxing days in "Sahara", to venturing deep inside the medina of "Sumeru". There's the bohemian clubs in "Dimitro", and for the best views find the rolling hills of "Kaybola".
Review: As always with Astrophonica, we are in for a treat with this one, as they get busy with a top quality compilation selection, unveiling twenty pulsating originals under the name '20'. Whilst examining the vibes on this one, we noticed that it really does cover all the basis when it comes to high tempo bass music, from the grizzly roller arrangements of 'Hull Breach' from Fracture & Neptune to the bouncy footwork flavours of Dawn Day Night's 'Voodoo Vibe'. There are most certainly some clear standouts, with Fracture, Rider Shafique & Sam Binga pulling together for a spicy original on 'Back It Up', alongside Sully's super colourful junglist roller 'Flock' and the eerie flute work of 'Flocon' from Moresounds. A very interesting listen!