Review: Vinyl Only reach their seventh release with a fresh grip of lesser known producers bringing high grade grooves to the table. Bubbadog opens the 12" up in a woozy fashion with the warbling piano chords of "Goin' Round", capturing a time-slip mood that carries through to the dusty jazz soaked beat down of Minus The Majors' "Strole On Through". On the B-side, Alex Zuiev gets into an exotic, chiming, 80s-inflected mood on "Down By The River", creating a slow-burning dancefloor heater out of classic ingredients. Ugly Frankie finishes the EP off with the stripped down funk of "Your Ears Look Great".
Review: Rising from the airwaves in a tangible label reality; Nos Classics launches with main man Uffe who lays down three introspective, immersive grooves. "Surprisingly" sounds similar to the worlds you might find shared between Dominick Martin and Andrew Ashong with its low-toned narrative and spiralling instrumentation, "Lotte's Hippie-House" is the ebb and flow of hope flickering over a light percussive weave while "Narkoministeren" takes over the B for a wild 11 minute excursion that's heavy on the percussion and mystic detours. Stunning.
Review: The archives of Estonian artist Uku Kuut continue to prove fertile stomping ground for the PPU label, with this latest transmission drawing from unreleased material he recorded with his mother Maryn Coote. Coote is quite an established musician in her own right, recording a couple of albums as Marju Kuut, as well as collaborating with compatriot Uno Loop and it's clear her musical background helped shape Uku's formative direction. If you've partaken in any previous Kuut retrospectives from PPU, the four tracks here will be a real delight, with "Mayday" and "Dreamboy 84" particular highlights. The former is an alternate tape mix of a track from the Vision Of Estonia LP issued by the label back in 2012, whilst the latter features Marju's vocals in full swing.
Review: Following the superb Visions of Estonia album from last year, estranged Estonian producer Uku Kuut resurfaces on Washington DC imprint Peoples Potential Unlimited with I Feel Love. This two-track EP is yet another perfect example of the label's speciality in dealing with obscure and unknown dance music gems from the '70s and '80s and highlights why PPU is an eternal favourite at Juno HQ. "I Feel Love" sounds like a combination between Todd Terje's heralded disco-edits and the Norwegian's pumping originals, while "Santa Monica Pier" shuffles and slides like Steve Wonder and Ray Charles knocking heads, drum machines, keys and synthesisers in a sun-drenched Californian studio.
Review: Originally out in 1985, Peoples Potential Unlimited reissue this soul boogie jam from Uku Kuut (who was born In the Soviet Union, raised in Sweden and now lives in Estonia) featuring Marju Kuut on vocals. On the flip is a mellow instrumental in homage to Uku's home for the past 20 years, now available for the first time on cute 7" vinyl. Top release!
Review: We'll be first to admit that the description 'neon-lit' gets bandied about a fair bit around here, but good lord we haven't heard anything this much like it: it's almost fluorescent! Following up their 'enigmatic middle eastern funk bonanza' (with Anony & Mous' The Nile Files), Fossils return with a new EP from Tel Aviv via NYC's UV & Nen, who reveal what the label describes as 'long forgotten.. disco funk nuggets that are bound to become classics in their own right.' Starting off on the A side with "The Bump" which is a funky and lo-slung chugger with sleazy disco elements: just the way we like it. On the flip, "Love Makin" is where things get epically psychedelic, seasoned with sexy moans and 'abnormal synth activities' while "Beatcoin" is a steady slow stomper that will get booties shaken (and shaking) across the dance floor.