Review: John Dimas is surely one of the freshest operators in the minimal house scene - his One Against Time album on Elephant Moon last year being a crowning glory in his storied career to date. Now he's back on the EP tip with this high grade hit of floor-focused funk, making his first appearance on scene-leading label Half Baked. "5putn1k" keeps the beats tough and bouncy, peppered with plenty of playful zips and wiggles for the peak time party people. "@L5d" takes a deeper, spaced-out approach, while "5p@c3 T@lk" nudges back towards a full-fat tech-house sound. "@rkyn" seals the deal with a crafty 2-step configuration for the subliminal set to get hypnagogic to.
Review: French maestro Shonky is one of the most consistent players in the game, endlessly delivering playful, imaginative 12"s for Apollonia, and more recently Third Ear. Now he's making his debut appearance on Half Baked with some truly individual tracks that point to his continued evolution as a seriously unique producer. "StudioOne" centres around a wonderfully unhinged set of synth wobbles and a skittering beat, while "Brazilienne" takes a more mellow, harmonious tone. "Fido Dido" harks back to the golden age of minimal, all oddball micro tones wriggling around a steadfast beat, which Robin Ordell nudges up into an electro-flecked strutter of the highest order.