Review: Of all the German house producers, Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction is the most heavily influenced by American artists. You can hear it at every bar on this release. Although "Ann Arbor" starts the release unexpectedly with a horror soundtrack and ghoulish vocal rambling on about the US town, the track quickly veers into the raw, loopy sound that has become Baumann's signature. From there on in, the release veers from the jazzy "Bass Jam" and the techno-oriented filtered groove of "With Attitude" into the sleazy groove of "Riot Party" and the disco-led "Detox". It's ideal for fans of Omar S, KDJ and Rick Wade.
Review: Philpot co-founder Soulphiction has been MIA for a while now, making it an utter pleasure to have him back on our charts with some effective new house swingers. He's landed on Local Talk, one of the very best in its class, and "Bizzness" kicks off with a funky-ass bassline and some freaky vocal chops, while "Cart People" lingers at a steadier sort of tempo, filtered through mounds of dubbed-out haze. "Slow Glow" is an experiment in percussion, also meandering its wavy synths on an off-kilter mode, and "Sweet Dreams" works the drum-machine in and out of the groove, ending up with another off-balance house experiment for the deeper minds out there on the floor!