Review: The 30th EP on Omena is suitably special for such an occasion. The label bring in Twovi aka Vito Loperfido to the family, and he is someone who has been putting out interesting house since debuting on Bosconi in 2017, with follow ups on the legendary Inner Balance label overseen by Chicago great Chez Damier. The Italian native continues to innovate here with a house sound that is deep yet dynamic, melodic and dreamy. His drums are loose and funky, the sax lines bring some jazz tinges and a remix from Contours adds another dimension to what is a classy house EP.
Review: Stockholm label Omena raise a glass to celebrate one year of business with this special RSD 7" from the ubiquitous HNNY. Johan Cederberg was responsible for the label's debut release so it seems quite fitting he's back with more sweet HNNY business to usher in the second year of Omena. Up top, "Cheer Up My Brother" finds HNNY in laid back form, adding some subtle downbeat funk touches to the lazy afternoon groove of "Farther Along", transforming the gospel staple into an essential summer sizzler. It's complemented well by the B-side track "There Is No One Else" which ups both the tempo and temperature into something of a French Touch stunner.
Review: Joseph Spencer and Nicholas Church return from the table with another superb Casino Times session. Riffing off last year's "Decoded" EP, "Recoded" follows suit with more cosmic introspection. "Voices" is a springy upbeat thumper with just a touch of Detroit to its soul and enough vitality to have you shuffling around the finest carpet joints on the strip. Elsewhere "Sambra Heat" cashes in the deepest chips with rich Balearic palpitations while the electroid "This Is My Channel" puts everything on red then breakdances off without glancing to see if its won. Finally "Display End Sequence" hits the jackpot with a funky, almost tribal fusion. Feeling lucky?