Review: It would be fair to say that Kaffe Creme is a producer on the rise. There was rightly much hype around his 2016 debuyt on Moonrise Hill Material and it's likely that this belated follow-up on Vertv will be equally well received. He hits the ground running by wrapping muted blues trumpet around a crunchy MPC-house groove on "I <3 U", before brilliantly alternating between woozy sample manipulation and dusty deep house beats on the odd-but-ace "Jonny Hartman". On the flipside, he first charged off towards 140 BPM territory on the stop-start dancefloor insanity of "Umusa", before proving his Pepe Bradock style deep disco-house credentials on the sublime "Passacaille", which rounds off a fine EP in stunning fashion.
Review: The free spirited sound of underground Parisian house soul; Neue Grafik, Hybu and EVANS' new label hits release three with a new homegrown concept; "Icone" is a home for the city's kindred spirits to unite and share smoky, soft-focus narratives. The woozy horns of Rafiki's "La Fourche", Monomite's somnambulant soul on "City Life", Neue Grafik's broken-drum cascades on "Moutons Electriques", Lieu Saint's subverted Jersey-scented filtered house on "Sale Paradis" and the iconic drum machine technoid stutters and oceanic washes of Mad Rey's "Travail De Porc". Each cut unrestrained and hugely versatile; Vertv are not to be diverted from.