Review: Manmade Science is producer Michel Baumann (aka Jackmate/SoulPhiction), engineer Nik Reiff and percussionist Benjamin Lieten (aka Phlegmatic). With the feeling of a raw live session, this masterpiece comes along in a variety between jazz and techno, soul and house. It also contains a live track from a Manmade Sciences Concert at the Jazz Open in Stuttgart. There are also collaborations with guest musicians like conductor, musical-director and multi-instrumentalist John Thrower playing the sax on the starter "Chicago Sidewalks" and the last song "Brown Sugar". There are some lovely vocals from Isaiah Femi Awonaike on "Turn down the Lights" and the garage feel comes with the stunning voice of Haldor Laegreid on "Just tell me when...". If you're looking for something with more flesh than just bones check this out!
Review: Mr. Fries is up next on Soulphiction's esteemed Philpot imprint with some deep dusty and downright sensual house that brazenly takes its cues from the Kenny Dixon Jr. and Three Chairs sound out of the Motor City and when such tributes are this flattering - it's all good. From the sweltering A side cut "Visions" which is perfect for those long hot sexy nights, the evocative and soulful vibe continues well into the B side. "Alittlewhile" is a sombre, woozy gospel inspired cut in the vein of the aforementioned Dixon's Forevernevermore opus, then the pumpin' and funky "Modern Conversations" ends things on a more positive note, complete with life affirming vocal samples and tough as hell MPC loops to boot. This Dortmund based producer has appeared previously on Contrary, Soul Notes and Wolf Music.