At the time of going to press, ‘Speak Out’ was the only track available from this EP, but judging by the strength of that nugget alone the EP should be a blinder.
Inspired by the pioneering hound Laika, the unfeasibly brave Russian space dog who became the first animal to orbit the Earth, this gorgeousness from Robert Panthera Krause pays a most fitting tribute. 'Through My Mind' is blissful, yet strangely melancholy. The throbbing 'Isla' is all minor chords and building textures too, resplendent with soothing flutes. 'If' wilfully breaks up beats, before hitting its pulsing rhythm about halfway through. 'Dubček', meanwhile, is delightful dub house disco, loaded with ghostly orchestral stabs.
Beautifully arranged and executed Rhodes-soaked, soulful jazz from Washington DC export Jonathan Meacham. Puts me in mind of Stevie Wonder for some reason!
Such a cracking little album released a few months ago by Freestyle Records, it wasn’t going to be long before they set some of the bass scene’s luminaries upon the cuts. Pulling out one of the standout tracks for a tasty bass cubed remix is Kahn, immediately sliding the fader into dutty dancehall licks with an exotic Middle Eastern spice and extra dread sauce.