Paxton Fettel & Takuya Matsumoto - "Afloat On A Sea Of Nothing" (5:21)
Solitary Returns (4:02)
Review: Paxton Fettel is a Danish producer whose been crafting a sound that falls somewhere between the drum machine and melodious sounds of Smallville's records and the convivial and classical tones of what can be heard in Giegling's music. Following 12"s for Greta Cottage Workshop and Barcelona's Apersonal Music, Paxton Fettel's debut album returns to the UK for a release on Matt Densham flourishing label. You'll find whimsical, summery house vibes on album opener "Amber Light Burns", while tones are slightly colder but equally heartfelt on "Afloat On A Sea Of Nothing", made with Iero artist Takuya Matsumoto. The mood gets deeper while offset by the slapped-out bass-funk of "Beyond The Sapphire Surf", and for a dalliance in instrumental hip hop tempos check out "Future Adventures".
As He Fell Through The Sunrise (feat Olivia Lincoln) (3:44)
Aurora (Siren Song Of A Counter Culture) (4:10)
Let Go (4:34)
Truffle Majic (3:32)
Rise & Funk (feat Olivia Lincoln) (6:51)
Lift Off (part 2) (7:12)
Comedown Cosmonaut (3:23)
Review: Theo Conrad (better known for his work under the Paxton Fettel alias) has long been one of Greta Cottage Workshop's most intriguing artists. His first full-length for the Devon imprint, Everything Stays The Same, inhibited similar territory to the classic deep house/downtempo/soul/jazz fusion of fellow West Country dwellers The Rurals. This follow-up is, if anything, even better. Described by the label as "instrumental contemporary jazz-funk", the album sees Conrad combining loose jazz breaks and jazzy synths with the kind of rich grooves, fireside textures and dreamy electronics more often found in vintage deep house productions. It's a formula that results in a string of brilliant tracks.
Review: Mudkid is a pseudonym for German producer Franklin de Costa and this is his third 10-inch release under this name for house label Greta Cottage Workshop. While he initially gained recognition during the minimal boom of the mid-00s, this release resounds to a different sound. Both tracks are robust and rolling, underpinned by tough tribal drums and system-levelling basslines. However, it's what De Costa adds to these basic arrangements that really make this release stand out. Swirling textures, outer-space bleeps and sonic whooshes that glide in like airplane on their final descent over a housing estate towards the flight path, all make this a most unusual house record.