Review: Returning to production with his first LP in 13 years, Will Saul's "Open Too Close EP 1" is said to be a journey through the influences that have helped shape the Aus Music boss' career and his forward-facing, unblinking passion for new music. It is a concept which reflects on Saul's extensive experience as a selector, with all tracks being dancefloor ready and exactly the sort of material he'd be proud to play in his own DJ sets. Split across two releases, the first volume features the deep and emotive swagger of "Openings" and "Visions", the evocative classic house vibe of "Pingalatu" calling to mind anthems of The Windy City from the late '80s and the hypnotic Todd Terry influenced rhythmicity of "Moorings".
Review: Inside Out is a brand new series from Aus Music label head Will Saul. It invites DJs and producers to blur the boundaries between traditional artist albums and mix compilations. The concept encourages them to showcase their own music, or the music of those in their own individual circles. Depending on who is curating, it will take different forms. The idea stems from Saul's own approach in the club, which often finds him seeking out brand new and unheard music to play for the first time. There's a strong Detroit techno aesthetic throughout his inaugural release for the series: from the emotive hi-tech soul of his own collaboration with Komon entitled "Positive", Amsterdam legend Gerd had no problem channeling similarly timeless retro vibes either, as heard on the funky techno-soul of "Echoes". They save the best for last on the flip, with the legendary Floorplan's riveting rendition of Primitive Trust's "Little Love" - perfect to get that 3AM style strobe-lit tunnel vision in effect.
Review: With the new Inside Out series, Aus Music is aiming to blur the boundaries between traditional artist albums and DJ mix compilations, primarily by asking chosen selectors to showcase their music and that of their close musical companions. To show how the series works, Aus Music chief Will Saul has handled this first edition, serving up a mix of previously unreleased music from his extended friendship circle that moves from woozy ambience and dewy-eyed downtempo electronica, to melodious techno and fizzing, electro-inspired broken beat jams, via a range of deep, atmospheric and rhythmically intriguing workouts. With the likes of Falty DL, Pearson Sound, Mr Beatnick, Lone and Move D contributing tracks, the quality threshold is impressively high throughout, with Saul's fluid mix sparkling from start to finish.