Review: More from glassy-eyed deep house retro-futurist Michael Baltra, who returns to Of Paradise following a string of fine EPs for the likes of Lost Paradise and Tape Throb. In keeping with this previous output, "Can't Explain It" ripples with colourful, kaleidoscopic intent, with the producer serving up warm and melodious cuts that doff a cap to vintage records from Chicago, New York and Italy. The title track, where male and female spoken word vocals, dreamy chords and blissful synthesizer lines weave in and out of a crunchy drum machine rhythm, sets the tone, before Baltra tips a wink to Calypso of House and Morenas on daydreaming deep house anthem "Fantasy". Also impressive is closer "Track 4 (Omega)", a more chugging and lo-fi affair that nevertheless comes smothered in soft-focus synth-work and dreamscape chords.
Review: This time last year, Shedbug joined forces with fellow Melbourne producer Rudolf C to launch the Balearic-minded deep house imprint Salt Mines. Here, the Australian helps inaugurate another label, delivering a debut 12" on Paul Patterson's Of Paradise imprint. While the four tracks here are, by and large, slightly bolder and rougher than his previous material, most still come blessed with that trademark dreaminess and humid detail. The claustrophobic, percussive, sample-heavy "187 District" - kind of like The Orb's "Assassin" fused with tribal house - is arguably the most ear-catching, though the spacey, acid-flecked "Swim", and Mood Hut-ish loveliness of "Dial A Moose" are not far behind.
Review: It hasn't taken DJ and producer Trudge very long to establish a name for himself around the house blocks, and this latest appearance on Paul P and Lauren C's London-based Of Paradise label feels like right move at the right time for both artist and imprint. Much like the rest of this young catalogue, "Memorial For A Buried Hope" staggers to a rough analogue house groove that's been built from the ground up, and with the likes of AFX very much in mind. "Sad But Necessary" takes a similar sort of aesthetic to build its experimental groove, except here the beat has been torn to shreds and replaced with something a lot more UK-centric; the flipside opens with awesome power breaks slowed down to a reasonable house tempo through "Drop", while "And I'm Losing My Mind Again" really does feel like AFX's territory thanks to a wacky, off-the-wall blast of jungle breaks.