Valdovinos – Memories from Montmartre – TENAMPA

This spine-tingling, imagination regenerating production from Valdovinos is more than enough to blow out any lingering doubts as to today’s musical resilience. Powered by a strident bassline and drums it’s the addition of powerfully atmospheric sights and sounds that also fuel the arrangement, ranging from trippy voices to repeating temptations and frisky stabs. Remixed by Neil Flynn who heightens the mood further via held, synthesized strings and punctuating electronic drum machines. To end, Vision plays out with combinations of 90’s styled keys looping plus a heady sense of occasion. PS check the accompanying fine Art-work by Xavier Fajardo.

Release: April 9


Siopis – Way Of Light – TENAMPA

Siopis pitches this exquisitely moody number in your direction scoring high again for the label in the process. I like it when you know a track is good enough to command just its own original version of itself. That all the ideas contained are executed to the best potential. And so is the case here. The words dark and atmospheric trip easily off the tongue as rolling drums are offset by sleazy synthesizers and devilishly, edgy voices. Artwork is from Xavier Fajardo. And you can get lost in there too.

Release: January 29


Nhar – Unkindled EP – TENAMPA

Another sure-fire release from the Mexican imprint this time sees Frenchman Nhar deliver suitably late-night grooves tinged with Acid, spiked with atmosphere. Unfussy, punchy drums drive it all forward as the undulating electronics add funk to the equation backed-up by tastefully treated voices on the title track. Next is the first class remix from Dubspeeka who adds deeper bass and additional space to the reverberating soundscapes. Contrasting all of the above is Praise The Sun which plays with melody, feeling breezy in the process.

Release: May 29