Review: By now Future Nuggets have surely been established as one of Romania's leading exponents of leftfield electronic oddities, and they don't disappoint on the surprising delights of this new 7" from Renato Din Sala and Ion Din Dorobanai. There's an Eastern lilt to the vocals and melodies on both tracks, but they're framed by some wonderfully quirky synth parts and budget drum machines. "Nu E Injoseala (N-am Carti De Credit)" in particular capitalises on cranky monosynth squelch and organ wails, while "I Love You Viata Mea (Lema)" takes a more energetic approach and works some Rhodes-like sounds into the mix.
Review: ATA founders, Neil Innes and Pete Williams, appear here under their collective The Magnificent Tape Band moniker, and serve up two ice-cold soul nuggets that'll rock any system from here to Sheffield. In fact, to bring in an extra element of Northern Soul funk, the Steel City's Rachel Modest features on the vocals of both "Patterns In My Mind", a slow-burning charmer of a tune with dangling melodies and a lo-fi touch, and also on the gorgeous, swingier groove of the majestic "Golden Shades". Two stunning hits that are bound to stay up here in the soul chart for a while.
Review: Since 2003, Rachel Modest has been a fleeting presence. We're not happy about that. The soul vocalist has only sung over a handful of EPs, including one on Phil Weeks' Robsoul Recordings, and this new single is really her first solo appearance. Thanks to the young ATA label, we are graced with the majestic tones of "I Try", a powerful soul ballad that instantly cuts to the core and leaves you yearning for more. On the B-side, "Forbidden Love" is similarly seductive in its approach, but this time Modest's tactic is smoother, more contained and sexier. Whichever side you prefer, we think both are fantastic, and that this EP is a true gem among the contemporary soul releases. TIP!