Did Virgo ft. Joanna
Come to my Galaxy
La Dame Noir Records

Marseille’s La Dame Noir is not only a record label but also a club, blog and bar which most of all means that they have the nerve to release music like this. It’s not too often you get to hear something that actually says something different to you. It’s usually: let’s get high, love each other, isn’t the sunset lovely etc etc all of which is very good (of course) although tackling, as in this case,  the left field can be as equally rewarding. And so to my pick of the week (even though it doesn’t really exist) the very excellent Work Addict. Dangerous, sassy and words like that do this some justice – listen below, you may agree. The title track then eases the tempo down to reveal more deepness, while Where is She proceeds to get deliciously moody again with Javi Redondo’s first rate remix feeling much tougher via an Acid twist.

Greg Paulus, John Camp, Brian Derdiarian
Scenes from our Classic Future

If you think that the title sounds picturesque just wait until you hear the music. Released just in time for summer playlists the downtempo gorgeousness of Remo captures the spirit of what’s hopefully over the horizon. From the classy vocal delivery by Greg Paulus to the laid back jazzy trumpet and occasional percussion this is simply lush. The tasty Tanner Ross Radio Edit slightly shortens the experience but adds bigger beats to the equation while retaining all the necessary ethereal qualities. Next track, Fire In The Sky goes Balearic in full swing with the aptly beautifull Surf Song returning to ambient climes to finish by augmenting twangy guitar and smooth 80’s kicks. Excellence.

release: June 14

Helmut Ebritsch
Souls Transmitting

If you haven’t yet encountered Helmut Ebritsch then please do so immediately. Souls Transmitting, is an album full of outstanding music for all scenario’s and occasions from the title tracks darkly, brooding landscape to the uplifting chord sequences of Revelations this crosses all the relevant T’s. There is the odd splash of heavy sounding Techno on route although even in this context it works well, but back to the beginning with Melodies of Power and its sinister yet spectacular atmospheres that are hard to beat…

release: June 2

JazzClub_1_383_383Paul Murphy Presents The Return Of Jazz Club

Been very much looking forward to spending time with this ace collection of Jazz via the legendary Paul Murphy. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now but as a lot of the music emanates from the 1950’s and there abouts’ that doesn’t feel like too much of an inconvenience. Anyway, the selection is per excellence with music from Sonny Rollins, the proto-rap of Eddie Jefferson (from 1968!), plus the heavy-swing of Flying Home by Arnett Cobb so believe me you are in for a treat. It’s amazing how just how vibrant the music still sounds and you still get that sense of heady excitement by listening, which is precisely why this Return is so significant. Tempted to buy the vinyl version too partly because as you can see the cover is so damn cool!



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