Review: Having previously impressed on Argot and Home Taping Is Killing Music with her blends of evocative deep house and floor-friendly Chicago rhythms, The Black Madonna tries a different approach on this debut for the recently launched Night Owl Diner label. You could certainly describe both tracks as "Balearic", and there's a real air of wide-eyed positivity about the tumbling melodies, swirling synth-strings and mid-80s pop production of head-nodding deep house cut "Stay". It's pretty darn tasty, all told. Almost as good is "Requiem", which appears to be built around a loop lifted from Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal's "Saturday Love" (with, of course, additional synths and tuneful electronics).
Review: Berlin producer Rising Sun serves up a full length release on local imprint Fauxpas Musik but this is on more of a broken soul tip. Starting out smoothly with the blissed out breaks of "The Light And The Dark" he soon launches into the breakbeat driven deep house of "Entrance (Live)" and the trancey house-dub crossover of "Pressure". Elsewhere there's a variety of moods and grooves on here that are equally as splendid such as the heavenly chill-out electronica of "Parade", the pitched down liquid drum and bass of "Brighter Day", the lovely and majestic ambience of "D.E.T.R.O.I.T" and the emotive and bittersweet trip-hop of "Hold The Line". A solid effort over its entirety of 14 tracks that deserves your attention.