Felix Dickinson & Jamie Read - "Restless People" (Max Essa remix)
Review: Two of the UK's finest underground labels join forces and share their talent on this killer 12. From IIB we have Coyote's Sin Distracciounes, an upbeat sunkissed dancefloor meditation featuring the blissed out Flamenco guitar of long time collaborator Saro Tribastone. Futurboogie's Christophe remixes and chops up the guitar and adds some gypsymenesque organ stabs and layers of keys. Futureboogie's Felix Dickinson and Jamie Read drop the funky guitar heavy Restless People. Sublime chugging beats and a beautiful vocal refrain imploring 'Slow It Down' creating a laidback house monster. IIB's Max Essa puts his remix right in the middle of the dancefloor with straight up house vibes and extra percussion.
Review: Some four years after Swims brought the work of Dan Snaith to the attention of a whole new audience, the London-based Canadian artist returns with a sixth Caribou album entitled Our Love. Staunch followers of Caribou will know that Snaith tends to adopt different sonic approaches with every long player (compare the psychedelia of Up In Flames with the more spaced out Andorra) but this latest album feels like a natural development of the club influenced sounds of Swims. City Slang call it Snaith's most soulful set yet, and that's certainly helped by the presence of compatriot Jessy Lanza, and like all Caribou albums there is something new that appeals with every listen.
Review: Lamb's first new material in almost four years and highly limited numbered gatefold on 180 transparent vinyl... This has got it all. Most importantly, it sounds beautiful, too. Picking up where they left us, Lou Rhodes' vocal is still as delicate and soul searching and Andrew Barlow's instrumentation and production is still as broad and contemporary. From the timeless piano/string ballad "As Satellites Go By" to the heavy bass jacker "Seven Sails" via the rim-shot wriggling space jazz of "Nobody Else", Lamb remain as alluring, exciting and relevant than ever. Unwinding material just went next level.
Review: Tummy Touch boss Tim Love Lee doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of people DJ Sotofett might look to collaborate with, but the results are pretty damn special on the 13 minute "Moments Moving". The lead track on the first Peace Feast 12" in almost a decade, "Moments Moving" shimmers with a certain Balearic charm one would expect from Mr Love Lee, whilst Sotofett brings enough left of the field oddness to proceedings to woo the Sex Tags completists. Complementing that collaboration is "Slow Mo Hope", a fuzz laden solo production from Mr Tummy Touch that sounds like it's been culled from those early Sunday Best compilations.
Review: Emotional Rescue label boss Stuart Leath is particularly excited about this release, and it's not hard to see why. While Spanish singer/songwriter Javier Bergia is not widely known in the UK, his releases - either solo, or as part of the Finas Africae and Arium Musicae groups - are held in high regard by those of a Balearic persuasion. Eclipse is something of a treat, gathering together the best of Bergia's solo work from 1985 to the present day. Featuring Bergia's spoken and sung vocals atop a mix of gentle acoustics, atmospheric strings, delay-laden percussion and subtle global rhythms, Eclipse impresses from start to finish. It should be essential listening for anyone with even the tiniest interest in Balearica.
Review: Since 2011 Geoff Presha's Samurai Horo label (sub-label of the Samurai conglomerate) has been confusing genre analysts and drum and bass heads with its undefinable sound. This four-track missive by Kiyoko, a collaboration between Auxiliary's Jack Lever and Exit Record's Joe Mcbride, is the duo's second release on Horo which only strengthens the label's experimental maxim. There's a distant wailing, Burial feel to "Archway" and the mood stays melancholic and full of vinyl crackle in "Fragments". A beatless "Lost Object" combines Balearic guitars with plucked tones drenched in reverb and delay, while "Headlights" is a future-funky dub cut that sounds like it could have been released on Warp during the '90s.
Review: DC chill dons Thievery Corporation first released this LP 18 years ago. And, like all classics, it still sounds as timeless and immersive as it did when it first hit our ears. From the swooning chords and easy-groove bedrock of "2001" to the heavy tabla-induced meditation of "Transcendance" via the ever-delicate breakbeat lullaby of "Incident At Gate 7", Sounds From The Thievery HiFi spawned the first generation of hippies the 21st century ever saw. This album is many things; a lesson in chill, a lesson in sample magic, a lesson in long and languishing grooves. If you haven't got this in your collection yet, you know what to do.
Review: Viennese duo Tosca have been dealing in ambient sounds for most of their long-running career, but this new LP on Germany's K7 marks a change in their musical style and vision. While they've been praised for their downbeat jams and abstract sounds in the past, Outta Here is all about rhythm and motion wrapped in a warm, jazzy blanket. "Crazy Love", for example, is basically a boogie tune, while "Have Some Fun" sounds like the perfect leeway between hip-hop and house. "Swimswimswim" is another favourite of ours, mainly for its sensual vocals and alluring groove. A sublime turnout for the Austrian boys!
Review: Gary Caruth may not be prolific - thus far, he's released just two 12" singles under the Sad City guise in three years - but his music rarely fails to disappoint. Introduction To Lisboa, his second 12" for Phonica Special Editions, is another dreamy, slow-burning delight. All six tracks are woozy, evocative and immersive in feel, with soft focus rhythms underpinning bespoke ambient pads, kaleidoscopic melodies (see the superb "Scyphozoa") and intoxicated textures. The results are rarely less than hugely enjoyable, with the title track - a bustling fusion of Chris Watson style field recordings and drifting ambience - being particularly memorable.
Review: This debut by the Belgian synth-pop band has been a long time in coming, yet in the last four years since their formation, their melancholic and dark yet accessible and mercurial sound has found them a unique home somewhere in between the lure of dance, pop and folk-there is just as much rich melody in 'Entity' as there is electronic experimentation, and just as much ethereal atmosphere as R&B influence. Yet with the help of London-based producer Leo Abrahams (who's worked with such disparate artists as Brian Eno and Florence and the Machine) their influences have been made whole in uniquely alluring fashion.