Review: Chris Watson is a bit of a legend. Being one of the founding members of Cabaret Voltaire and later The Hafler Trio, he's an inspiring figure as much as a truly interesting source of knowledge. Touch, London's long running homebase for conceptual electronic music and experimental artists seems like a perfect match for Watson's impressionistic recordings, who has already released countless EPs for Jon Wozencroft's carefully curated imprint. This time, nature seem to be the source of Watson's inspiration, giving us "Winter" through to "Haefest" via "Lechten" and "Sumor", an eerie introspective into mother nature herself and the power of often overlooked noises and bleeps from the forest. Daunting, charismatic, and fantastic.
Review: Ever a duo of fine taste, Mobb Deep have sampled many a musical gem. There's too many collected here to name them all (25 in total) but some of the album's many highlights include Giorgio Moroder's snowblind and slick Scarface disco on "Tony's Theme", the cavernous '70s funk rock of "Dirty Feet" (as famously pinched for "Shook Ones Pt II"), another "Cavern" this time Liquid Liquid's punk-funk masterpiece, and the hysterical intimacy overload of Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend".
Review: Paper Recordings comes through with the absolute goods; a compilation that many true-school house heads wound dream of, especially to own it on digital formats. This is the Northern Disco Lights compilation, a total treasure chest of Scandinavian house jams that are going for serious amounts of money on the second-hand market. In short, this is your chance to own these beauties and mould them into your sets. Inside, you'll find timeless tunes from the likes of the great Bjorn Torske, Doc L Junior, and even the dearly missed Erot with the stone-cold classic "Song For Annie". But, there's more; Biosphere appears with that inimitable drone flair, and even Todd Terje features proudly, as per usual. An absolutely essential release. Warmly recommended.