Review: As the majestically matter-or-fact title suggests, this EP sees Cottam swap his dusty drum machines and classic synthesizers for a scalpel and reels of quarter inch tape. The results are as on-point as you'd expect, with the experienced producer delivering two tried and tested reworks. Perhaps the most arresting of the pair is flipside "Jigsaw", a wonderfully percussive rearrangement of a sparse but heavy tribal jam that sounds African in origin. It's little more than drums and a lone vocal, but it works so well. In contrast, A-side "Love Affair" sees him make merry with a deliciously glassy-eyed and celebratory mid-tempo disco jam full of glass-cut strings, punchy horns and seductive female backing vocals.
Review: Detroit producer Bale Defoe is up next on Ele Records, which was established in Hanoi in 2016 and now based in Manchester, UK. They are sourcing and sharing dusty, sample based music inspired by the rich soundscape of early hip hop and house productions. Defoe seems like a good fit for the label, following up label owner Sameed's smoky and lo-fi exploits with some of his own. Starting off with the emotive swing fuelled shuffle of "Deeper Love" with those hands in the air house organ stabs and diva vocals loops mixed to magnificent effect, while the looped up and disco-fied DJ tool "Teddy Pendergrass" will appeal to fans of the Robsoul sound. On the flip, "Work #1" and "Work #2" respectively reinterpret ghetto-tech and ballroom aesthetics into a deep house framework in impressive fashion. Finally, there's the EPs standout moment in the form of the smoky and seductive late night mood lighting of "Breeze".
Review: The unstoppable Detroit legend Brian Garrett is back with a new one for Berlin by way of Manchester and Hanoi imprint Ele. Keeping in line with the label's love of dusty, sample based music inspired by hip hop and house productions, Garrett brings that unmistakable Midwest deepness of "Love Without You" and the sultry "Sweet Midnight" featuring Nikki O's sensual vocals into play. On the flip, you are treated to some deep and driving dub versions of each respective track which make the perfect late-night soundtrack.