Australian producer Fantastic Man has already been fantastic for Brooklyn's Let's Play House — last summer in fact — and here he is again, parading his effortless fantasticness like a strutting peacock that has somehow mastered the use of virtual studio technology. 'Heartbreaker' has echoes — if not samples of — Electrik Funk's classic 'On A Journey', but slickly augmented with an expanse of sound best experienced eyes closed on a hot dancefloor without a roof. Over, both 'Zero' and 'Keep Out' maintain a seriously high level of quality control. Once again, sir, bravo.
PJU have been around for a few years now, had loads of releases on Kitsune and have never put a foot wrong with their output. Each one is a dead cert floor filler and has a hook that reminds you of something that you just can't place, and that's a great trick to know how to use so well. Yet they never really seem to get the recognition they deserve. Let's see if 'Fairlight' can do something to change that.
Chi-Town ledge Mike Dunn — God made him phunky, if you recall — teams with Garry Todd, the boss of the Contemporary Scarecrow imprint, for the third release on this classic-facing imprint, joining Boo Williams and Mr G on the roster. Todd and Dunn's original version is a towering, thunderous tribal anthem, heavy with stabs and Dunn's vocal laying down the drama. Meanwhile, the dub tones things down a little, and Manchester techno journeyman Trus'Me takes things very moody indeed, all vintage drums and heaps of basement atmosphere.
Reminiscent of the glory days of St Germain, Chocky loops up some jazz and lays beneath a 4/4 and some unctuous bass to rather devastating effect. Toby Tobias goes dark on the remix.