Review: Without attracting much hype, Das Komplex was responsible for some of the most enjoyable, dub-fuelled disco and Balearic releases of 2016. He's started 2017 in pretty confident fashion, too, delivering more fine fare via Father & Son Records & Tapes, People Must Jam and, now, Love On The Rocks. Interesting, this outing is a little bolder, woozier and weirder than some outings, though his love of reverb and delay remains a constant. "Szlugi" is an eccentric fusion of clattering drum machine percussion, trippy synthesizer motifs and lo-fi electronics, while "Polenz" effortlessly joins the dots between cosmic disco, jazz-funk and sample-heavy deep house. Best of all, though, is epic flipside "Flauta", a musically rich, Clavinet-heavy dub disco affair that rises and falls for 13 spellbinding minutes.
Review: Two years on from his much-admired debut EP for Utopia Records, Planet Sundae co-founder Alex Kassian returns to action via a pleasingly colourful outing on Pasiphae's saucer-eyed Love On The Rocks label. In its original form, "Oolong Trance" lives up to its name, with Kassian wrapping psy-trance style acid motifs, tactile chords and restless organ stabs around a densely layered, tropical house groove. Even more celebratory and mind-altering is the accompanying "Paradise Mix" - a trance-inducing affair peppered with the kind of bold piano stabs and trippy electronic lead lines that recall early '90s sunrise parties. Arguably even better is Telephones' kaleidoscopic flipside remix, which in typical fashion turns Kassian's cut into a Balearic-minded chunk of peak-time dancefloor colour.