Review: Cadenza head honcho Luciano has arranged a special series of EPs to coincide with the 15 year anniversary of his revered imprint, launching the first one here to begin the festivities. This chapter is dedicated to the summer season and contains five enchanting tracks with exquisite sounds. There are moments of lush and hypnotic freefall like on "The Amazing Lilou" and equally impressive when he dives deep into the exotic like on "Hiding Hearts" or "La Tirana Del Oriente" - the latter featuring wonderfully employed classical instrumentation. Elsewhere, lose yourself in the sonic sorcery of "Magik Mechanics" and its superb melodic minimalism - classic Luciano. Each episode of the series will be released every season.
Review: Here's something we never expected to see: a musical hook-up between tech-house titan Luciano and veteran Def Mix sort David Morales, a man whose studio output has been rather limited in recent years. The duo wrote and produced the track together, before preparing individual interpretations. You'll find Luciano's Flow Latino Mix on side A. Clocking in at almost 17 minutes, it's an impressive exercise in percussion - think South American hand percussion underpinned by drum machines - with a thrillingly blissful three-minute ambient breakdown midway through. As you might expect, Morales' Red Zone Mix is a little "fuller" sound wise, with the veteran New Yorker wrapping picturesque synth lines and bubbly electronics around the duo's impeccable Latin percussion.