Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Belfast boys Bicep, namely formidable dancefloor fare variously influenced by bumpin' US garage and vintage Italian house. This two-tracker for Aus is, though, a little different. For starters, lead cut "Circles" bites classic Detroit techno, adding woozy, picturesque electronic melodies to a typically in-your-face techno groove (check the relentless scymbals for proof of the track's Motor City credentials). "Track 2" is a deeper proposition, but no less fluid. Like its predecessor, it's more musically rich and enveloping than many of their tough, stripped-back productions. It's an intriguing new direction, and proves once and for all they're no "one trick" ponies.
Review: Bwana aka Nathan Micay has already seen a release on Will Saul's Aus Music and his fluid, freeform house music returns with "Tengo", a melodic progressive house nugget that's both spacey and fit for any dancefloor. The same goes for "Drop Mechanism", an ethereal house stepper, while "Due West" goes in a lot harder with a vicious bundle of Power House drums punching and kicking their way across its chords. Effective floor bombs.
Review: Geeeman is arguably one of Dutch producer Gerd's better-known alternative aliases, thanks to occasional - but well regarded - EPs on Clone's Jack For Daze offshoot. Here he dusts off the pseudonym for its' first outing for two years, surprisingly popping up on Will Saul's Aus Music. The original version is a loving tribute to the glory days of ghetto-house, with chopped-up, pitched-down vocal stabs combining with a booming bassline, thunderous drums and sleazy synth-sax to create a sweaty, basement-bothering mood. There's a little more vintage Chicago swing to the bouncy Tribute Instrumental, before Clone veteran Alden Tyrell delivers two brilliantly intense and slamming ghetto-acid-meets-Joey Beltram style interpretations.
Review: Leeds legend Paul Woolford is an unstoppable force. Taking a break from creating retro flavoured warehouse bombs under his well received Special Request alias and returning under his birth name for some clean cut tech house for Will Saul's always reliable imprint. It's all in the name of the cross on here, if you catch our drift. Religious overtones aside: "Holy Ghost" is deeply emotive groove, carried by a strong arpeggiated bass and haunting strings; seductive and functional. On the flip, "Father" goes for some electro driven, early '90's, UK IDM vibes (which we found particularly charming) until "Son" closes the EP out in true style on this beatless ambient acid journey.