Review: Between Unthank, Firecracker, Cocktail d'Amore Music, Mule Musiq, Permanent Vacation, and ESP Institute, it is safe to say that Lord Of The Isles is a much coveted artist. It would also be safe to say that he makes pretty damn good music that has landed on some pretty damn good labels. But, this is no surprise, each one of the man's releases is drenched in quality, and he has a knack for delivering spaced-out house music that sits at the very outer edges of disco. He returns with a new LP for ESP, a label that is constantly on our radar these days, and it feels like a match made in heaven; fifteen tracks of pure electronic freedom, whichever lens they're being filtered through, and from raw, disjointed boogie, through to kinetic ambient scores, or even segments of shimmering deep house, this is the stuff you need. A masterful and perfectly executed album.
Review: Amsterdam-based graphic designer turned producer Young Marco has previously shown hints of greatness, most notably with a pair of superb 12" singles on ESP Institute that layered picturesque melodies atop huggable analogue grooves. Here, he delivers his debut album, Biology, and it's every bit as warm, imaginative and luscious as his previous work. Each of the album's seven tracks is something of a gem, from the crystalline, new age house of "Sea World" and Vangelis Katsoulis-inspired ambience of "Out of Wind", to the Italo-influenced dancefloor pulse of "Suzaku" and rush-inducing, synth-heavy brightness of "Can You Really Feel It". It's one of those albums that will brighten up even the dreariest of days, and those sets are arguably few and far between.