Outstanding full-length statement from the young Swedish producer. The record maintains a melancholic, bittersweet tone reminiscent of classic Kompakt releases, while maintaining the adroit, joyful sample work of Detroit house. The record's first single is the excellent Fantastic Piano, which bears out the Cologne/Detroit connection, yet the album's clever pacing and dynamics include moody Rhodes on Barcelona and the sad carnival music of Animal Lovers. A fulfilling journey.
Reissue of the 2001 mix that positioned Harvey as the fearless and rightful heir to Danielle Baldelli's cosmic legacy. What's fascinating about revisiting this record some 12 years later, is the Venice dj's unquestionable role in the revival of many of the track's contained. Antena's Camino Del Sol emerges early in the mix with its lackadaisical brilliance. Holger Czukay and other legends whose late period work is well-suited for moonlight beach parties appear throughout. Transportative.
Mark E returns with an outstanding disco house ep on Running Back. Opening The King's Hearth possesses the insouciant organ bounce that has made Arthur Russell's Dinosaur L material lasting classics. The rest of the ep seems loosely organized around a driving or road trip theme, with cosmic sirens ringing throughout the title track and Midland Nights . The sirens are even included as a bonus sound effect.
Clone Classic Cuts
Timely garage house reissue from Clone. All of these tracks are infinitely playable, perhaps more so today then anytime since their conception. The highlight here is the classic I Can't Make Up My Mind, Jovonn's ode to club confusion where his voice is a paradoxically cathartic monotone.
Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
Raw, ghetto-house indebted tracks from Marquis Hawkes and the bubbling Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Hawkes gets diverse on this one, beginning with the nimble roll of Big Papa, before hitting the cowbell heavy Get Your Ass of My Grass, which gets way more than you would think possible out of a silly vocal sample. The record's highlight is Hold On, an accomplished and soulful vocal track.
Brilliant dig from Golf Channel. Orange Cloud Nine compiles the best recordings from Spike Wolfers - a bedroom pop genius from the Netherlands who issued several holy grail private press records between 1981 and 1984. The difference between this record and most reissues is that it holds up against virtually anything released during that period. It's a clever combination of euro dub, classic rock striving and early, expansive new wave. Sometimes apes Eno's ambient triumphalism while Can You See Me sounds like a budget version of Pink Floyd's Fearless. Highly recommended.
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