Review: Joseph Spencer and Nicholas Church return from the table with another superb Casino Times session. Riffing off last year's "Decoded" EP, "Recoded" follows suit with more cosmic introspection. "Voices" is a springy upbeat thumper with just a touch of Detroit to its soul and enough vitality to have you shuffling around the finest carpet joints on the strip. Elsewhere "Sambra Heat" cashes in the deepest chips with rich Balearic palpitations while the electroid "This Is My Channel" puts everything on red then breakdances off without glancing to see if its won. Finally "Display End Sequence" hits the jackpot with a funky, almost tribal fusion. Feeling lucky?
Review: Given the hype surrounding HNNY over the last few years - fuelled, primarily, by a string of celebrated singles on Puss, Local Talk, Let's Play House and YUMMY - it's somewhat surprising that Sunday marks his first foray into the album market. Wisely, the Swedish artist embraced the opportunity for eclecticism that the format provides, filling his debut full-length with a mix of tracks variously designed for sofa-bound listening and dancing in clubs. There's a jazz-flecked beauty to the crackly downtempo grooves offered up by the title track, while the dreamy, guitar-laced head-nodder "Sylvia" recalls the best of his Balearic-influenced work. It's these luscious moments, such as the twinkling ambience of closer "My Baby", that really resonate.
Review: Stockholm label Omena raise a glass to celebrate one year of business with this special RSD 7" from the ubiquitous HNNY. Johan Cederberg was responsible for the label's debut release so it seems quite fitting he's back with more sweet HNNY business to usher in the second year of Omena. Up top, "Cheer Up My Brother" finds HNNY in laid back form, adding some subtle downbeat funk touches to the lazy afternoon groove of "Farther Along", transforming the gospel staple into an essential summer sizzler. It's complemented well by the B-side track "There Is No One Else" which ups both the tempo and temperature into something of a French Touch stunner.