Yoni Yarchi – Subconscious EP – Loot Recordings

One of my favourite producers for this past while returns with another blissful, musically rich soundtrack whose very title track may just give the game away before we begin. The Subconscious, sequences startling landscapes across the stereo expanse as impactful drums deliver succinct rhythms to adorn the generous sprinklings of piano, mind-expanding vocals and soaring atmospherics. Exposing a certain fragility Yoni’s compositions stand out for me quite so much as they feel like they’re capturing moments that don’t dwell too long on the past while adhering to the time honoured traditions of life’s melody. Death On The Balcony’s excellent Remix plays with the theme, though adds a more robust ambient intensity via the increased use of trippy vocal alongside warmer bass. Kepler, follows with a picturesque series of chiming renditions, complimented by the darker edges of Don’t Think Loud completing the release with deeper, more electronically charged sounds simmering over pulsating percussion, which produce an almost psychedelic experience of West Coast proportions.

Release: November 30



Mike Kiraly – Si Mani Revisited / We Get Messed Up – Loot Recordings

Mike Kiraly’s brilliantly messed-up production is all at once inescapably funky yet defiantly probing, pushing forward House while also qualifying as an excellent, creative piece of music. Its strange and startling array of sound effects rush across the stereo while vocal hits punch at you amid robust bass and drums. A great production that always seeks to excite and challenge. Martin Landsky supplies the remix of Si Mani Revisited reworking and replaying the elements while delivering a tougher groove from which hot Detroit stabs are soon evolving. The aptly named We Get Messed Up follows with more twisted vocals doing your mind some aural damage as a wealth of ideas are injecting into what is a supremely funky arrangement. Again I can’t help but hear a Talking Heads influence in there somewhere yet this remains resolutely original – compliment! Robin Fett then remixes adding a more sane combination of deep keys and pounding bass.

Release: March 30



Yoni Yarchi & Tal Tager – In Another Dimension – Loot Recordings

So ok, we’re jumping the gun ever so slightly here as this is not released until January but then again why not, when music is this exceptional you just can’t hold it back. Yoni Yarchi & Tal Tager produced the equally stunning ‘Tel Aviv Morning’ last year for the label and if they’re distinctive, emotionally charged music turned up on your radar then, In Another Dimension will not let you down either. In fact, in ways this takes all that resonates with the pair and pushes it further still, exploring all that fervent sensibility until this appeared. Perfectly formed. The organic appeal of piano and guitar motifs are expressed beautifully as a haunting sense of expectation gathers pace against the backdrop of shuffling drum machines, alongside re-occurring pads and complimenting drones. Two excellent remixes enhance the original beginning with Powel who adds a more pondering application of melancholy accentuating the piano plus chiming, persuasive percussion and redolent dreamy escapes all the way home. Next, Rancido excites the darker aspects with moodier keys playing out across tough drums resulting in yet another great production. I suspect (and hope) there is an album forthcoming to let their imaginations fly free over an extended period of time!?!

Release: January 26. 2018.