Review: Once you make music, once you do an artform, well it's no longer yours. It belongs to whoever puts their hands on it... If you can find a more evocative, poignant spoken word sample we'd like to hear it. Especially as it's laid so gracefully over velvet breathing pads and melodic flurries as soul-stirring as these. The remaining tracks on the EP are just as emotional as the languid swoons of "Duckface" and the grittier, bumping funk and surging pads of "Apologies" are joined by a sultry deep tech twist from fellow OG Patrice Scott. Stunning.
Review: Following a spotless run of releases on the likes of ClekClekBoom, Finale Sessions and Sistrum, Aleqs Notal makes his debut on Phonogramme with a four-track cross-continental odyssey that fuses, explores and provokes kindred sonic themes between his home city and the home of afrofunk. "This Place" eases us in with interlocked percussion and big Booker T level organ blasts while "Our Streets" takes us down more shadowy lanes where the synths hover like fog and ooze slowly like a jungle record played at half speed and "Infinite Bliss" eases us into something more comfortable with slinky bongo rolls and lingering, hazy keys in a way that could be compared to Joe Claussell. Finally Aleqs provides deep mix pleasure with an alluring percussive instrumental "The Search". Hypnosis mode: enabled.