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



You & Me/ Girl Get Up
Something Different Records

As the label suggests this original sounding production from Aartekt does a whole lot more than simply replay Deep House numbers in sequence. In fact You & Me owes more to Europe than it does to America with its robotic twisted chords, electro beats and ice cool vocals all going to make this release one of the more original so far this year. As Harold Heath begins to redefine it all it suddenly occurs that this is what the word remix is meant for. However it’s not that this is better, just tastefully different with heavy bass tones and swinging rhythms producing ice cold perfection – on both versions. Girl Get Up then sends tech stabs into orbit with melodic odd-ball percussion and more distinctive voice, followed by Kirby’s punchier take which again squarely hits the button. 9

release: 13 March!/S_D_Records


The Veda Rays
All Your Pretty Faces
God Within Recordings

The Veda Rays sounds like they should be some uber cool new-wave band sometime after Punk rock but who thankfully live up to their name and time with this exquisitely late night song. Falling nervously somewhere between Dance and Indie Scott Hardkiss once again dispatches a selection of interpretations which does all of the elements justice, most notably the guitar. Try the full Vocal, Instrumental, or for total proof James Stark’s tripped out Acapella and you may well agree. The Q-Burns Abstract Message Edit then re-tweaks the arrangement for much more of the same artistic merit. 9

release: 13 March


Nathan G
Future Proof 2

Having reached an impressive/ incredible 150th release Large have expanded the possibilities still further with this second instalment from Nathan G, which not only features an explosive cover but has the music to match. Generate Fire creates the sort of impression that something strange is happening with its futurist combination of assorted instrumentation and electronic creativity which rushes headlong to a climatic conclusion. Leaving Come & Get It to twist Disco through filters for a smoother ride, while the Boogie Rapture Remix of Night Time Is The Right Time slows down the pace to an intelligent head-nodding sequence of events. 8

release: 21 March


Henry Mancini
Moon River And Me
El/ Cherry Red Records

The legend that is Henry Mancini scored the theme song Moon River for Blake Edwards’ Breakfast At Tiffany’s back in 1961 and is a romance which will either leave you cold, or in fits of heart-warming envy. Personally, I can’t stand Moon River but then it is widely regarded as a classic – Mancini won two Oscars: one for Best Original Score and the second for Best Film Song Of The Year – so what could I know. Although what appeals in every sense of the word, and it’s hard not to get carried away on the waves of emotion, are all the sumptuous Jazzy-Latin incidentals which sound so uniquely dated that they define this particular moment in celluloid. Try the crazy swing of Party Three or indeed Party Four with horns blazing and heaps of sassy percussion. You’ll find it’s hard to beat. Along with the films’ music also come various versions of the theme from luminaries such as Jerry Butler, and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers who masterfully make it feel all the more edgy. 9

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