Review: Sahau is a quintet comprised of Bucharest scene hero Dan Andrei, with locals Paul Agripa (Ragrip) and Serban Goanta under their AK41 moniker - all highly respected DJs and producers within the Rominimal scene. The third collaborative effort on their Zimbru imprint and following up 2017's "As It Wasn't There EP", "Cielo EP" is awashed with mesmerising vibes from start to finish. The off-kilter broken beat hypnotism of opener "El Senor De Los Cielos" is as esoteric as you like over its meandering 15 minute duration, while B side "Fresno" is a deeper and groovier minimal funk effort which is perfect for getting weird at the afterhours. Closing cut "Cablung" is an introverted and bass-driven affair that takes a much darker and experimental turn but equally suited for one of those sleep deprived Sunday afternoon shenanigans.
Review: White Peach daddy Zha returns to his own persy bakery for more dread bread bass. Every bit as tasty as previous Naan excursions, it's another eastern banquet; "Floating" is soft, spacious, spongey, singular and liable to sweep any wavey people right off their feet. "Shower" flips the vibe entirely for a bashy, reverse string splash-about while "Father" is a head-first drive down a shimmering sitar rabbit hole. "Jaan" sends us packing on a magic carpet of hang-drums, deep mystic pads and gentle strings. Life affirming.
Review: All aboard the Zion Train for a fantastic first single from the artists' forthcoming 2020 album "Illuminate". This one features Prince Jamo of Black Rose studio working the rhythm and a host of musicians including Paolo Baldini of internationally renowned Dubfiles project on live bass and guitars and production from Perch. "Politrix" boasts chest pumping and rousing militant vibes with flabby bass and roots trumpet calls getting you up and moving. The dub version on the flip is just as hot and makes for a fine taster of what promises to be a standout album next year.
Review: It would be fair to say that Montreal duo Essaie Pas don't have a particularly positive view of our planet. "Earth, what a shithole," they moodily grumble on the title track from their latest EP on DFA, their first since the release of last year's "New Path" LP. The cut itself is perhaps not quite as dark as you'd expect, with its throbbing, dark Italo-style arpeggio bass and crunchy drum hits being peppered with sharp, trance style synthesizer motifs, bubbly electronic riffs and female vocals that add an extra frisson of positivity. Italian scene stalwart Marco Passarani delivers a flipside interpretation that brilliantly re-casts the cut as a Bobby Orlando style mid-1980s Hi-NRG club cut, while bonus track "Corps Etranger" is a pleasingly sparse, bubbly and alien-sounding chunk of intergalactic electro.