Review: February & Mars are a "West Coast duo" that blends yacht rock, synth-pop, Balearic and analogue disco influences into a tactile, huggable style they call "spaced-out soul". This is their debut album, following a solitary 12" release way back in 2010. It's a predictably enjoyable debut, with the duo also touching on blue-eyed soul ("Jump City"), Claremont 56-ish nu-Balearica ("Lick The Bag"), and dewy-eyed Italo-disco ("Desert Winds") as well as their openly discussed influences. Their impassioned, often melancholic vocals dreamily flit in and out of the mix throughout, frequently rubbing shoulders with tumbling guitar solos, enveloping synthesizer chords and shirtless, muscular arpeggios.
Review: Since launching five years ago, Tirk offshoot Nang has been so successful that it now rather overshadows it's parent label. Their recipe for success has been pleasingly simple: delivering hazy, multicoloured nu-disco shot through with the sun-kissed charm of nu-Balearica. This fifth anniversary set gathers together some of the label's standout highlights to date, from the blissful shuffle and acid-flecked swing of Lasertom's "Call" and Pyschemagik's anthem-like remix of Situation's "Barcelona", to the nu-disco does-bleep flex of Si Begg's superb rework of Hiem and Phil Oakey's "2AM". Best of all, though, is Loudery, Derek Forbes and Mick MacNeill's delightfully Balearic cover of Electronic's Hacienda classic "Getting Away With It".