Review: Hot on the heels of "Mission" earlier this year, Shuya Okino's Kyoto Jazz Sextet troupe present another gem from last year's Unity album complete with a remix of the highest calibre. This time the cascading, Latin rhythm and frenetic horn leads of "Rising" are given the midas dancefloor touch by none other than Ron Trent. Maintaining the wily spirit of the original while coating in warm organ blasts and subtly bumping kicks, it's a precision translation that brings the original into a whole new context.
Review: House and disco don Soulphiction has been busy cooking up more of his loveably loose, love fulled and intoxicating grooves for Local Talk. We're now treated to part three of his Love Affair series and once more it is chocked full of grooves. There is slight winky early evening house on "Blueprint" then brilliantly steamy and intense loops of busted jazz, house and beatdown on "Raw Truck". It is Detroit music through and through. "Feelin' Good" gets you riding high on late night chords and "Smurfin" closes things down with a ramshackle beatdown that oozes soul.
Review: Local Talk hits the rather significant catalogue number of 100 with a forward thinking EP that stays true to its MO over the last few years. It finds MLiR aka Modern Life Is Rubbish joined by Arnau Obiols to serve up a brace of brilliant tunes that blur the lines between a myriad different dance styles. "Lajbans" is a playful, fun tune with tooting arps and cosmic melodies all married to a chugging beat that Todd Terje would be proud of. The Bellaterra dub on the flip reworks it with plenty of space echo, knob twirling effects and sci-fi atmospheres. A tidy little package.