Review: It's been a good couple of years since Japanese micro-house specialist So Inagawa released a solo single. The arrival of the Airier EP on Cabaret Recordings - a label he co-founded - is therefore cause for celebration. The title track, in particular, is rather wonderful. It's warm, sumptuous and spacey, with cascading electronics, disconnected vocal samples and gently dubbed-out motifs wrapping themselves around a tactile, bass-heavy groove. It's the kind of cut that should appeal to both deep house and tech-house DJs. On the flipside you'll find another deep space shuffler (the rather attractive "Petrichor") and a rolling chunk of micro-house blessed with super-deep chord progressions (the aptly titled "Head Over the Clouds").
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Nico Lahs, the accomplished Italian house producer with drops on Rawax, Ovum, Poker Flat and many more in his back catalogue. Now he's shoring up on US label Adeen with a double pack of seriously bumping, soulful joints that point to a hefty amount of work refining and defining his sound. The drums skip and skitter with a gorgeous, live looseness, while the plush Rhodes and synth lines drip with full-fat warmth and funk. This is a deep rooted sound that will have fans of 2000Black, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Warren Harris all nodding in satisfaction.