Review: Given the breathtaking beauty and sheer brilliance of Jan "Wolf Muller" Schulte and Cass's first collaborative mini-album, Sound of The Glades, you'd expect this remix package to disappoint in comparison. In fact, International Feel has done a superb job. It helps, of course, that each producer delivers a remix. Schulte's "Wind Version" of "Adios" is wonderfully evocative, with the original's chords and fretless bass flitting winding its' way around the producer's typically organic groove, while Cass goes all horizontal with a dreamy, atmospheric take on the same track. Best of all, though, is Tolouse Low Trax's A-side remix of "Glade Runner", which laces the original's accordions and hand percussion over a chunky, head-nodding 4/4 groove.
Tri Atma Und Gyan Nishabda - "Naturlicheliebe Liebe" (5:09)
Planet Funk - "Inside All The People" (Harvey Ibiza Sleepy mix) (6:13)
Mark Barrott - "Deep Water" (5:54)
Gryningen Frun Andra - "Frun Andra Hand Till Strnnderna I Nice" (2:26)
Hatchback - "White Diamond" (8:58)
Review: Given how busy he's been with International Feel this year, you have to wonder where Mark Barrott finds the time to get involved with this new compilation series from the equally-fresh Hostel La Torre label. Of course, Hostel La Torre Ibiza: Volumen Uno came about after Barrott spent the last summer DJing at the hotel venue of the same name based on the West Coast of Ibiza; you can imagine the experience left Barrot with plenty of inspiration when it came to pulling together tracks for the series. Presuming there will be several more editions, this is a fine start and will satisfy anyone missing a finely-curated compilation in the digital playlist age. Barrott canvasses a wide spectrum of Balearically-minded sounds with the psychedelic sanza of Francis Bebey, reissue favourites Finis Africae and Penguin Cafe Orchestra rubbing shoulders with more contemporary fare from Antinote artist Domenique Dumont, Hatchback and Andras Fox.
Review: If you're scouting for some contemporary balearic experimentations then Len Leise is your man. The Australian producer is as multi-talented as he is mysterious, and although his productions paint a very clear picture of his personality and musical ideals, the man remains a figure of mystique. We love that, and we love this new album for his new General Purpose label. "Pretending" opens the LP and it's a curious track indeed, shaped by a dubby bassline, watery acoustics and his own slippery vocal poetry. These aqueous waters fall neatly into the frenetic yet soothing patterns of "Swimming", and then onto more funky territories on the dubwise "Rocking". Flip to the B-side, and you get the relatively more house-minded "Stopping", the subtly tribal sways of "Wandering", and the electrifying dub banger aptly named "Stepping". Think of this album as dub with that faint balearic twist for good measure. Excellent and highly recommended!
Review: You are about to blast off to The Secret Universe , now you must decide what to take on the long journey in space.The spaceship that will take you on the 31 minutes and 27 Seconds journey to The Secret Universe , is already in a "parking orbit" around the planet. Everything you will need after you get to SU has already been sent ahead to the destination. The orbiting SU spaceship already contains everything you need for the trip , but you need to decide what else to "take". When you are ready with what you've loaded in the SU spaceship , you can blast off to the infinity of the Secret Universe !
Review: "After the interruption PS is back. This time with the tropically-balearic EP by Moscow debutant Aleceo , who has changed his organised top-manager, live with a slow 808 tempo, Juno chords and microphone in the studio on the beach of magic island of Bali. With the magnetic remix, by Tokyo based maestro Max Essa, this pacific jam becomes a perfect, vinyl only slice of endless summer.
Review: Light Of Other Days is a Zurich based label run by Marc Hofweber and Georg Munz and for this release they tap mysterious trio Ethimm for this rather beautiful EP. Starting out with a cover of Rhythm & Sound's "Why" featuring Veronique's gorgeous vocals, this is a lovely electro-modern classical crossover journey. They then team up with fellow Swiss purveyor of the deep Lexx on the smooth late night groove of "Late". On the flip, "Next" and "Done" go for some rather reflective and dubbed out downbeat vibes which will appeal to fans of Blackest Ever Black acts Dalhous or Raime. Curious stuff indeed!