Review: Last summer, Regularfantasy and Void Mirror joined forces in the studio for the very first time. The result is this colourful, dusty and loved-up debut EP on Mood Hut. They begin with "Gemini Month", a wholeheartedly spacey and positive affair in which dreamy deep house pads, ethereal chords and sci-fi electronics bubble away above thrusting, techno-tempo beats and bustling, post-Italo bass. "Trance Breaks (Club Mix)" is an altogether deeper - if no less intergalactic - affair, where a rising and falling bassline and psychedelic analogue synth lines wrap around relaxed electro style breaks. Arguably best of all, though, is the sunrise-ready glow of "Hits From The Bongo", another deep, melodious and dreamy deep house trip that sounds like it could have been recorded at the turn of the '90s.
Review: Aquarian Foundation man Chad Thiessen first donned the Neo Image alias two years ago, delivering a pair of hazy, head-in-the-clouds cuts for Pacific Rhythm's second Rhythms of the Pacific EP. While there are few surprises on this debut solo EP, it nevertheless comes packed with the kind of warm, fluid, drifting and emotion-rich gear that Mood Hut does so well. Highlights include the poignant, slowly unfurling deep house dubbiness of "Winskill Dub", the horizontal house bliss of "Positive Pressure" - all hushed, delay-laden drum machine beats, meandering electronics and enveloping chords - and the glistening, freshwater ambience of "4B (Dab Mix)". "Crystal Pool", a barely percussive shuffle through ultra-deep ambient house territory, is also superb.
Review: Chris 'CZ' Wang has long been part of the extended Mood Hut family, so it's nice to see his People Plus project transfer to the Vancouver label following an impressive debut on Incienso last year. All five tracks are as spacey, dubbed-out and out-there as you'd expect, with Wang effortlessly blurring the boundaries between sun-baked jazz-funk, Pender Street Steppers style deep house, intergalactic ambient jazz and hypnotic, dub-wise soundscapes. Pigeonholing Wang's instinctive and hugely inventive musical fusions is nigh on impossible, so we'd advise taking the time to listen to the extended clips all the way through. We promise that you won't be disappointed; in fact, it could be Mood Hut's strongest release in years.