Review: With this superb EP, Geoff Wright AKA Kemback is finally fulfilling the promise shown on his previous outings for Omena and DBA Dubs. In short, the "Moving Through Clouds EP" contains the Bristol-based producer's best material to date. Check the string-laden majesty of opener "I Need You", where sumptuous violins and dreamy vocal samples tumble down over a bustling house groove, and the melancholic, slowly-shifting deep house bliss of "Moving Through Clouds". Equally as impressive is the loved-up, bass-heavy hustle of "Stepping Back", a gorgeous fusion of "Pacific State" style dreaminess, early New Jersey deep house and more forthright breakbeat-house bottom-end. The flipside remixes are tasty, too, with Soulphiction's subtly acid-flecked but similarly sumptuous revision of "I Need You" and Kim Brown's dusty, atmospheric lo-fi remix of the title track.
Review: Alex "Kiwi" Warren has barely put a foot wrong in recent times, with a superb DJ Rocca collaboration and some fine EPs on Disco Halal, Cin Cin and Paradise Palms. Here he adds another record label to the CV via a second outing on Needwant. In its original form, "Kiya" is a baggy, sunrise-ready house cut drive forwards by low-slung bass, chiming melodies, layered percussion, twinkling pianos and choice snatches of vocal apparently borrowed from an old African record. The "Rave Mix" is a more driving excursion smothered in intergalactic motifs and trance-like synth sounds, while the Brian Ring revision is looser, sparser and altogether more glassy-eyed. Warren rounds things off via the "Dreamscape Mix", a stunning ambient interpretation for those who like their sounds swirling and beat free.