'Escapism 2' is a must album for all lovers of liquid. It quite literally, has to be heard. One of the LP highlights ‘Baby It’s You’. This is a hot slice of sunshine that will definitely warm up your soul this winter. Reminiscent of everybody's favourite Canadian Mutt, the breaks are jazzy, the bass is mellow and the vox is soulful. There is simply nothing not to like about this track, bringing the Motown back.
The new guise from DFRNT takes his penchant for the dubbier side of the music continuum that little bit further, deeper and more echo chamber-drenched than ever before. ‘While the Lady Sleeps’ is certainly the closest you’ll get to that archetypal Rhythm & Sound aesthetic, but nicely updated. ‘Dwelling’ drops a little touch of Amen to spice things up, whilst ‘Cosy’ is so far into the echo sludge, it's almost static.
Ben Watt reactivates his Buzzin' Fly label for a one-off release, a clutch of joyous mixes of 'Golden Ratio' and 'Nathaniel' from his album 'Hendra'. Charles Webster and Ewan Pearson do the honours.
We’ve always had a soft spot for the soulful persuasion of Everett, and this continues to build on his rich catalogue. The title track and opener blend soulful house and stepping hi-hats with the velveteen tones of Erckert, whilst ‘A Lot of Love’ shows his flexibility with the boom-bap downbeat. ‘Diamonds & Girls’ rounds off the package in a resplendent fashion, notwithstanding a stealth-like remix from Max Graef on the title track.