Javi Redondo
Lectures To Young Men
Meant Records

The standout track for me right now is this excellent release from Javi Redondo. It’s not hard to hear why with the tense Punk attitude of the title track sounding every bit a gritty as that suggests with spiky guitars and hard strummed bass feeling dangerous and tempting. Not only that but the powerful, smoldering vocals sound equally hot too. The excellent remix comes care off Bohemian Groove whose electronically fused take adds tough, pulsating kick drums together with shimmering synthesizers to highlight still further the charged expectation of the vocal. Next, Motorway’ delivers more edgy New Wave in similar irresistible fashion albeit this time instrumental, with Get A Room! lending it all an abrasive slant with fuzzy sythns and traffic directions!

release: Vinyl out April 21st, Beatport May 4th

Paul Bauer and Nakosta Yoris
No Joker

Another tack of note for me at the moment is It’s Not Enough which combines slinky basslines alongside deadpan vocals to great effect. Almost the darker side of the 80’s but then thankfully feeling a lot more contemporary than that, this also has some great lines about fame and calling an ambulance! Second track, Mr Joke explores moodier, syncopated rhythms with yet more impassioned vocals, though not quite as impactful, it is certainly good.

release: May 6

Rico Puestel
You Can’t Do That On A Record Anymore 1
Ponsactrilau Digital 001

Apart from the instant appeal of the title Rico Puestel’s beautifully produced music balances delicate textures together with some serious dancefloor kick. Belfryscape is as much about the ambience created as about anything else with dreamy echoed vocals drifting seamlessly across the beats and picturesque keys. Conversely, The Fuse Allocation feels techier though still retains its soulfull credentials via the emotive blend of reversed effects and ethereal moods. A stunning release of sounds.

release: May 7

Ernesto Ferreyra
Cadenza Records

With his next album due for the label in October, Ernesto Ferreyra provides a taste of what could be in store come the Autumn. Two tracks make up the release with the opening Voltage Poem sounding suitably charged amidst an array of sizzling electronic rhythm and dub poetry, care of one of the England’s very finest. There Is No Answer then completes with tougher beats hitting hard against undulating funkiness while mood enhancing voices echo the question posed by the title.

release: May 12

MiniRoyal Mbamba
Colours of Soul EP
Habitual Grooves

Meant to review this back at the start of the month but time flies and here we are. This is great and pitch perfect for forthcoming sunshine as the happily titled Spirit Of Joy sees smoky Trumpet play alongside cool Electric piano and sassy percussion for punctuation. Place Where I Can Belong proceeds to get jazzy over House beats, while How Can I Love gets spiritual with soulful vocals and irresistible drums. The deeper Soul Divine ends the EP feeling more intense with occasional jazzy overtones and commanding vocal snippets.

Solaris Heights

Originally released in 2002 Midnight now gets a timely update car of Neil Quigley and Rievaulx. The former’s Zero Dark version provides a captivating alternative to the original version’s bouncy, 80’s inflected grooves with, as the title suggests, an infusion of atmospheric sounds that accompany the vocal impressively well. The latter then injects a sense of funkiness into the bassline while also featuring more of the vocal, or of course you could aim for the full hit of the original mix which is included too.

release: Beatport Exclusive April 23 – General release May 7



Vinicius De Moraes
Modernism And Bosa Nova
el/ Cherry Red Records

VINICIUS DE MORAESIf the title doesn’t immediately grab you then music most certainly shake you upside down. Although almost despite its title the music owes as much to the film’s it sound tracked as it does to the bright lights and rhythmic swing of Rio de Janeiro. To put this into context Vinicius De Moraes wrote the play that became the infamous Black Orpheus as well as co-writing The Girl From Ipanema made famous by Joao and Astrud Gilberto. The tracks shuffle between the highly charged atmosphere opening Orpheus of the Carnival (Overture) from 1956 and the Latin flair of Ana Lucia’s Agua de beber, alongside the torch song vocals of Alaide Costa and Baden Powell’s acoustically strummed Sem voce. Occasionally words are spoken, but mostly sung while the music all contains a certain sparkle that transcends the time and language barrier remarkably well. Indeed, if the sun remains accompanied by Cocktails in the evening this could well be your winning spring/ summer soundtrack.


Alex Mine and Stiv Hey
The Paths EP

There is little else to say about Closen Path apart from it ROCKS. And if you get sucked in by the idea of grinding, relentless repetition then this is just perfect. Sitting somewhere between Techno and House, although frankly more of the former, these pulverising grooves are irresistible with dark voices teasing alongside crisp drums and a tense arrangement of sounds. Separate Path repeats the formula this time with more emphasis on the bass tones and again comes with twisted vocals adding colour.

release: March 17

Eduardo De La Calle
The Motorglider EP
Cadenza Records

Another slice of captivating music from Cadenza sees the Spanish producer once again stun you with an array of captivating sounds. Beginning with the delicate, rich textures of Somewhere In Your Arms which plays a set of original electronics over pulsating tribal beats feeling musical and progressive – in the sense that its transporting you somewhere new. Next, Altar De Sacrificio is altogether more Tech with sparkling synths offset by brooding pads in the cinematic sense, while final track Broken Bonus twits moody stabs over cool broken beats to complete this first rate EP.

release: March 4