Review: Mic Newman's sample-heavy alias Fantastic Man is back, making his debut on New York's Let's Play House label. It's Jazz , rolling pianos and an interjecting trumpet that are sampled most, quite roughly, in the EP's title track, while 'how are you' or "Wie Gehts", rather, sees Fantastic Man's DJ fader approach to production come back into play - best heard on his track "Look This Way" from 2010. The EP's highlight is the hi-energy skip and twinkling keys of "Sanctuary", while "Scenic Route", sampling some spoken word this time, combines Italo disco with touches of Krautrock and, of course, house music.
Review: The Puss label overseen by breakout producer HNNY and Studio Barnhus founder Kornel Kovacs continues to be a source for club ready sounds, with the all caps loving producer at the helm for this much anticipated fourth release. Based around a liberal sample of the Queen Bee, "Sneeze" is one of those club jams that will appeal to party DJs, starting at a hip-hop tempo before a neat little vocal edit sees the track crank up the BPM exponentially and transformed into a no-nonsense house cut. It's a pretty simple idea executed perfectly and you are likely to hear this all over the festivals this summer.
Review: Studio Barnhus don Kornel Kovacs returns to his birth year with three beautifully repurposed tracks from the mid 80s for the Puss label he shares with HNNY. It's nice to see the humour evident in all Barnhus output transferred here, with each of the three shimmering, gymnastic synth workouts peppered with a pop sensiblity. Indeed, they are guaranteed to raise a wry grin from anyone old enough to remember them. With "Ivan" featuring in sets from the likes of Tensnake and Jackmaster, the hype on these limited 10" is already justified.