Returning with a huge 21-track compilation that features people like The Range, Pixelord, devonwho, Natasha Kmeto, Free the Robots and DJAO, the Dropping Gems label are proving they’ve got as many links as they’ve got talent. The quality does waiver though.
"Such a dark tune, really hit me first time I heard it."
The Frenchman has always surprised with an ever-changing style — from house, to disco to new wave and curious pop — and this new single release continues Joakim’s vital and brilliantly original style. ‘Bring Your Love’ is a collaboration with The Rapture's Luke Jenner, realising new experiments with late '80s-style pop music. If this wasn’t enough, then there are some excellent remixes from the likes of Young Marco, Sam Tiba and Cut Hands’ William Bennett, with a superb Liquid Liquid pastiche.
Scandinavian disco nobility, Lindstrøm, returns to the console after an almost two-year studio hiatus. Albeit not original material, these buoyant remixes of bluesy rock troupe, Band of Skulls, function quite charmingly. If Russell Marsden’s vocals don’t appeal, then there’s a useful instrumental remix for you which is assisted by a dub-disco mix from Blue Lotus and an alternative from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.