Review: It's been a good couple of years since Japanese micro-house specialist So Inagawa released a solo single. The arrival of the Airier EP on Cabaret Recordings - a label he co-founded - is therefore cause for celebration. The title track, in particular, is rather wonderful. It's warm, sumptuous and spacey, with cascading electronics, disconnected vocal samples and gently dubbed-out motifs wrapping themselves around a tactile, bass-heavy groove. It's the kind of cut that should appeal to both deep house and tech-house DJs. On the flipside you'll find another deep space shuffler (the rather attractive "Petrichor") and a rolling chunk of micro-house blessed with super-deep chord progressions (the aptly titled "Head Over the Clouds").
Review: It's been two years since Evan Baggs and Katsuya Sano opened up their Ek Box. Fittingly, their latest show-and-tell arrives on CABARET, a label that has supported the duo's activities since they first emerged. There's much to admire, not least the unfussy old school techno bounce of "Mitsuboshi", where darting, jammed-out synthesizer lines and sustained organ chords dance enthusiastically above a simple but powerful drum machine rhythm. The acid-fired techno-funk of "Maukacho" is wilder and more energetic, while "Takikomi" sees the duo tiptoe the fine line between ballsy breakbeat techno and sweeping, cinematic bliss. As for closer "Shoganai", it's punchy, bass-heavy and pleasingly intergalactic.
Review: Cult Berlin favourite Binh heads to the Far East's finest minimal label, Cabaret, for his next outing He has been releasing here since 2014 and in that time has only subtle evolved his style. But when it ain't broke, why fix it? This EP features four more tracks of timeless house and techno for the underground connoisseurs. It is squelchy acid that defines opener "Mandarine", while "Rolli Glitzer Kurz" is more dark and paranoid as it journeys through the cosmos. "Beeboo" closes out with clunky metallic hits and detuned piano chords that make for a fresh vision of future techno.
Review: Le Loup makes a debut appearance on the mighty CABARET with some slickly executed rave-indebted workouts. Tightly clipped breakbeat roll, moody stabs and a wriggling acid line all make for party manna on "Real Talk" - certain to be a hit in all kinds of situations. "Digital Whisper" is more Detroit than UK, reveling in a shower of sumptuous synth lines tailored to maximum machine soul expression but with plenty of funk in the programming. "Acropoloup" brings the acid back and ramps up the boompty house vibes for another smart banger to work across the spectrum from minimal house nights to twisted acid sessions.