Review: Moonrise Hill Material co-founder Folamour makes his first appearance on Dublin's All City imprint, in the process delivering one of the most pleasingly positive deep house cuts we've heard for some time. "Shakkei" is marked out by wonderfully flowing piano lines of the kind that once turned "Strings of Life" into an all-time anthem. These combine wonderfully with the producer's loose-but-heavy, drum machine rich groove and near Balearic chord progressions. It's something of a stunner, all told. Elsewhere, Folamour explores deeper and dreamier pastures on "Maybe I Did Burn Ya Place", before reaching for the Roy Ayers style vibraphone, cheeky jazz-funk samples and Andres-esque grooves on "Each Day Is A Frist Day".
Review: Given that he makes evocative, imaginative, hard-to-pigeonhole tracks that draw inspiration from a myriad of sources, we've always thought that New Jackson (the recording alias of Dubliner David Kitt) should be making albums. From Night To Night, his debut full-length following six years delivering superb singles for a variety of hyped labels, only strengthens this theory. Warm, rich, melodious, imaginative, hugely entertaining and deliciously difficult to pigeonhole, the album veers between tactile morning-after synth-pop, neo-classical experimentalism, shuffling electronica, understated but cinematic deep house, Steve Reich style cyclical movements and drowsy analogue synth-scapes. That it not only hangs together but also makes perfect sonic sense is testament to Kitt's impressive musical skills.
Review: Sexing up the dance with every edit and beat he presents, Parisian Onra does it again with two hazy, slo-mo RnB renditions. Loopy, filtered, woozy and loaded with a warm soul feel that's so rich it almost flops over the drums, there's a real finesse at play as "Every Little Thang" struts with a great swagger as the kicks and vocal match each other's off-beat mood. Meanwhile on the B, "Just Can't Get Enuff" is just a smidgeon more upbeat and enshrouded in balmy pads and cleverly layered vocal loops. We can't get enough of this.