Review: French label Daydream takes you out of yourself with a various artists affair that packs in plenty of useful tackle for DJs and dancers alike. Mbius brings coy funk and spaced-out vibes on the sleek opener, then Nick Beringer brings his superb sound design and stripped back, bass driven house sound on 'Eos', which his another gem. 'Dimsumthing' is an abstract minimal roller with shuffling drum work to loosen those limbs and Jerome C closes out this most useful of records with 'Balance,' which is fluid electronic funk of the highest order. When tech house is as good as it is on this 12", there can be no complaints.
Review: Sukhumvit offshoot NCSS has scored something of a coup here, snapping up the first collaborative tracks from prolific tech-house veteran Nick Beringer (last seen on Burnski's high-flying Constant Black imprint) and rising star Sota (best known for his work on Ornate Music and Beringer's Rubisco label). A-side 'Deikh' is a bouncy delight, with the pair peppering a sturdy, rolling groove with bleeping electronics, tight organ riffs and sweat-soaked drum machine fills. They opt for a deeper, hazier sound on 'Aerosol', where hushed chords, undulating TB-303 acid lines and gentle electronic melodies slowly rise above a loose-limbed, spacey tech-house beat.
Review: Hoary Ukraine has kept up a busy rate of release since first appearing in the world, and as was the case with their eighth EP in April, this ninth offering is a various artists affair that calls on some slick tech house talents. Nick Beringer's "AI" is tight and crisp, with an old school feel thanks to the neon baseline, the Sota really pumps the party with his effervescing, fist pumping "Zerosandones". "UXB" on the flip is Nolga's clipped, bass driven tech-garage shuffler, then closing things out is Diego Krause with "Touchstone", a darker jam with some fresh sound designs.