Review: West Country heroes Situation have kept it local on their latest EP, which offers up a suite of previously unheard re-rubs of Andre Espeut hook-up "Beyond Compare" by Bristol-based house hero Sean McCabe. The A-side boasts vocal and instrumental interpretations built around warming, mood-enhancing chords, jangly piano riffs, unfussy beats and the kind of slick, ear-catching electronic bassline more associated with Atjazz productions. Over on side B, McCabe offers up a superb "Vocal Reprise" take that sounds a little "fuller" and more energy-packed (thanks in part to his use of more urgent-sounding vocal snippets and grandiose chord sequences), as well as a brilliantly dreamy and locked-in Dub that sounds a little like one of Frankie Knuckles' classic remixes.
Review: Situation are a collective of DJs, producers, editors and musicians hailing from the The Five Valleys in the UK. After some great releases by Andre Espeut, they offer up some lo-slung/boogie-down vibes abound on the new EP by Sugardaddy: a new collaboration between Tom Findlay (half of Groove Armada) and singer/songwriter Tim Hutton of Hybrid and Way Out West fame. Be captivated by the sexy slo-mo soul vibe of "Hypnotise" which features one super-fly vocal performance by Hutton that has to be heard to be believed. The legendary Greg Wilson leads the remixes with his respectful extended rendition, followed by a hypnotic dub by label bosses Situation and BetterSuite's smooth nu-jazz perspective.
Review: Situationism's latest EP is the audio equivalent of an over-stocked buffet where the curly-cornered sandwiches and mediocre vol-au-vents have been replaced by heaps of high-grade caviar and Michelin-starred amuse-bouche. Or, to put it more simply, a killer collection of dancefloor jams. Our pick of the bunch is probably the throbbing nu-disco/Italo-disco fusion of Peza's acid-fired flipside smoker "On It", though George Kelly's warm, horn-heavy dub of Katzuma's summery disco-funk number "All Night" is almost as good. Plenty will opt to spin Dr Packer's on-point remix of Groove Armada offshoot Sugar Daddy's "Hypnotise", while Ashley Beedle's revision of Situation/Andre Espeut jam "You Gotta Move" is a sweet, jazz-funk fuelled chunk of boogie/electro fusion.