Various Artists – Fear Of a Rose Planet – La Vie En Rose

It’s always with a sense of anticipation to hear what Terence:Terry’s La Vie En Rose imprint has next in store. And in this instance it’s the labels second compilation of sounds which in this case explore deeper moods across eight tracks with contributions from Liou, Baby Ford, Fr!sky Business and more. What sets the selection apart is the care and attention to detail plus of course the sheer quality of the music which feels contemporary, international and very much of the moment. I love all the soulful, emotive and thought-provoking ambient references contained within the arrangements as they expand and exert themselves, and the fact that with each new play something else is revealed in the process.

http://lvrose.fr

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Louie Fresco
‘So Good E.P’
No.19

Mexico’s Louie Fresco has not only produced one of the most tense intro’s so far this year (albeit only two minutes, nineteen seconds long) but also successfully spins Sylvester’s timely words of wisdom off a deliciously heavy-duty bassline with life-affirming electricity. If all that feels life a bit of a mouthful, then trust me by listening to the track – volume up. Plus with an added bonus, So Good also has a cowbell! Next is the Russ Yallop Remix which coolly builds up more profound feelings with insanely looped voices and undulating deep tones complimenting each other most compellingly. The curiously titled Owl Night finishes with yet more sinister bass notes and cut-up vocals designed to cause serious consternation, which it also does amply well. 9
 
http://soundcloud.com/no19music/louie-fresco-so-good

http://www.no19music.com/

 

Manuel Tur
‘Back To Me’
Freerange

On so to a more melodic note which seemingly samples something so beautifully familiar I can’t quite remember what it is. None the less Manuel Tur’s sublime production conjures up various sorts of emotion – all of them positive – as this Balearic infused delight sits perfectly on Freerange with temptingly breathy vocals and swirling pads all feeling gorgeous. The Jimpster Dub retraces the elements in typically deep style with a flurry of striking touches being suitably impressive. Next, Odsidian gets tougher and moodier with almost Rock drumming sounding big alongside acid tones and twisted vocals, while the Damiano Von Erckert remix adds a techno flavor to the equation. Watch out for his forthcoming album: Elephants Reflecting Swans sometime in late April. 9

release: 19 March 2012

http://soundcloud.com/manueltur

http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk/

 

Franck Roger & Terence: Terry
‘This Is Now’ E.P
Real Tone Records

The name which has, I think, appeared here more often than not is Franck Roger who along with Terence:Terry once again gets the thumbs up with this thoughtful Deep House production. The words to the opening Hustling Peoples do just that with its rumbling bassline and addictive synth lines adding extra sparkle to the seemingly moody vocal. The title track follows with organ bass and some poignant fx filling the spaces in-between, leaving the excellent Beaucoup La Fete to complete the release by frequenting the sounds of Chicago to Detroit yet all the while feeling fresh and original – not always an easy feat. 8

release: 15 February on Traxsource & Beatport

http://www.youtube.com/user/RealToneRecords

 

Sid Vaga
‘Brazuca’
Wonderwheel Recordings

What a way to finish! As Sid Vaga’s explosive workout in Latin catches all the rays of rhythm going with sassy piano and vocals playing the party out in style. It may not be rocket science but the Original mix certainly works in terms of expressive energy and also contains some extra cool percussion and guitar flair. The d’sol Remix turns it all on its head with a much deeper interpretation that explores the more subtle elements (if you can believe that) in the original, especially and thankfully the emotive guitar and wind instrumentation all of which really strikes the perfect note to end on. 8

release: 15 February 2012

http://soundcloud.com/sidvaga

http://www.wonderwheelrecordings.com/

 

for inspiration Joe Bataan ‘Latin Strut’ (1974) 

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