Late Night Tango – Two Sides To Every Story – Mr. Nice Guy

Feeling like a warm indulgence this plays perfectly to accompany today’s hot September sunshine. The bonus is that Jesse Perez, operating here under his Late Night Tango guise, delivers a feast of music, drums and atmospheres rekindling memories of yesteryear, fuelling possible tomorrows. Nothing is quite revolutionary electronically but it is succinct, soulful and life-assuring. From the breezy shuffling rhythms of Two Sides To Every Story (Intro) marking Balearic, to the inescapable grooves of Bom Bom, through the West Coast haze conjuring up a beautiful Magic Daydream, to the emotive vibrations of What’s Gangsta moments are never wasted. There is a timeless element to all this generating a been here before sensation circa 1990 but good music will still elicit the same emotional reaction in any decade. Hit play, lean back, enjoy.

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Acid Pauli – MOD – Ouïe

Immediately creating the strange sensation that past and present are inexplicably one and the same this collection of quivering, boisterous notes transform themselves into a wealth of science. The evolution and celebration of synthesizers is what is at play here as the artist redefines his obvious love and admiration for the sounds created. However, this is far from an exercise in dry emotion as excitable motifs are found on the opening, Propagating Flip Flops. Jazzy basslines and oddities on Intellijel Bell. The squelch of leftfield rhythms on Acid On Yusef. And so the journey continues apace. Perhaps it is the shimmering eloquence of Sublime Frequencies Of Cairo swirling like the height of ecstasy as waves of emotion are endlessly intertwined becoming realised as beautiful, classical melody. Or maybe the watery intensity finalised by the fiery sequences of No Kick, No Cry. Either or in all ways this is a stunning listen.

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Release: September 18

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Sable Blanc – Have Faith In People – Salin Records

It’s always such a pleasure to hear music like this as it celebrates not only the occasion but also a sense of joy. The opening track, the breezy Jazz tones of Amour Girls are underpinned by energetic breakbeats plus the fiery fury of undulating Acid and are all at once rather wonderful. The remix by Christophe Salin adds the pulse of dancefloor urgency while keeping the essence true, contrasting the mood with tough beats and probing bass. Just Goodbye is next and caresses the word disco as soulful vibes are explored, with the more introspective Les Hirondelles De Mai complimenting notably. The twist of drums then informs the final number, Easy Living as low-slung elements get criss-crossed through the vision of night-time to complete.

Release: September 18

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Midiminuit – Hôtel Costes Presents…The Key Boost – Hôtel Costes

Midiminuit comprises of: pianist Julien Quentin, bass player Yonatan Levi and electronic musicians Cesar Merveille & Adrien de Maublanc (Masomenos). They sound like the escape of Free Jazz expanding into the electrical mainframe. The sounds fizz, sometimes agitate, sometimes soothe and yet there is always the explosive flair of musicality running throughout the duration. This is the second album created by the collective and is a furthering exploration of all things possible. It plays like soundtrack to an evening’s intrigue in a location you would actually like to find yourself in as moods and intensity find increasingly exciting places and spaces to tempt, tease and evolve. The place in question of course being Hôtel Costes in Paris, where incidentally the album was also recorded. Neat. No point in going through the process of describing each individual track as this is best enjoyed in its entirety, perhaps with a stiff drink or something robustly tasty at hand.

Release: November 20

https://www.hotelcostes.com/en/music/studio-hc

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Beije – Deciduous (The Remixes) – Holy Grail Music

Resonating with the pulse of defiance these new versions of Beije’s sublime Deciduous echo the originals defining ambience but are this time fused with a heavier intensity. First is the Steffen Sonnenschein remix adding a heavenly brush of ethereal atmosphere, underpinned by brutal bass plus crisp percussion, all proving to be quite something special. Next, the tribal dance of Doan’s dark drums travel across eight minutes of contrasting light and shade as the delicate keys are redefined by alternating moods, again something special.

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Vince Watson – Via – The Mixes – Everysoul

Returning to Vince Watson’s 2018 Via album this set of remixes carves out fresh interpretations featuring luminaries of the calibre of Joe Clausell, Osunlade, Steve Bug & Langenberg plus Manoo. For me it’s the latter’s sting in the tail as repeating synth lines, accompanied by an assortment of rousing strings and piano, capture that rare essence. Likewise is the Bug and Langenberg version which sequences a funky shimmer into the climax of building, stabbing keys assisted by the gentle soar of atmospheric pads.

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Lapis – Possy – Loose Lips

Two words this time, intoxicating alongside beauty. Though let’s deposit ethereal into the mix of heavenly treated voices too. I grew up (sort of) in the 1980’s so an obvious touchstone for me is Liz Fraser but only in the way Lapis’ vocal dances around the quiet shuffle of drums and yearning keys crafted by Dr. Pudding. All in all this proves almost perfect leaving you with a breathless sensation which you only want to return to. Nuage then compliments the original telling with the fuel of breakbeats and darker bass while not disturbing either the feeling or intention.

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Guhus – Mahalo EP – Dreamers

The funky shuffle which ignites Elun is soon joined by the warm rush of keys producing a choir of heavenly experience which touches upon being sublime. Thoughtful yet provocative the arrangement chimes with a sense of ambience that pulls on the heartstrings. The heavier The Eternal Sunshine follows in similar vein again feeling serene and is likewise an enticing production of ideas, imagination and purpose.

Release: September 7

Listen / pre order https://www.beatport.com/release/mahalo/3099078

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Phew – Vertigo KO – Disciples

Vertigo KO isn’t really about words, although of course they are helpful in describing the experience. They also feature heavily, though are not always coherent. Consequently Phew’s latest album is magnificent just as it is unsettling, defiant leaving little to the imagination as a series of sonic manifestations present themselves to you. It can be weird, it can be exhilarating. But never, never boring or uninteresting. Connecting the breath of sound together with grainy electrical interference each piece conjures up an illusion of another time and place. Sometimes mournful, sometimes reaching for joy. Try throwing convention out of the window and draw a line between the electronic experiments of the past to now. I guess you could perhaps say meditative or contemplative but that choice it down to you…

Seek out the warm embrace of The Very Ears Of Dusk, along with the haunting Hearts And Flowers to highlight the continuing expectation of contrasting moods and colours. Try it all.

Release: September 4

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RNDTXTR – Random EP – Rekids

Music like this doesn’t always work for me. But this certainly does. It’s the brutal, uncompromising drums and bass yet warm musical reflection of its keys which serve RND009 so well. Followed by the equally brisk RND007 (Dub Mix) complete with super-hot snares, then ending via a twist of funkier organ plus accompanying beats on RND004 which create dots connecting past and present.

Release: September 11

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