A measure of collaboration, the Bristol-based Schmorgasbord label exists to unite slightly disparate producers and release the fruits of their labour. It’s a pretty simple manifesto and this time it’s the turn of London-based producer, Bass Clef and the Swedish trio, Frak who both swapped a sketch of a tune and then fleshed out each other’s work. ‘Bad Trip’ is a stomper with choked acid undertones while ‘Strange Gait’ stumbles along as if drunk, complete with seesawing limbs.
Under the production guidance of Dave ‘Joey Negro’ Lee, his boogie / disco troupe, The Sunburst Band, front the next Z Records release. The first release of 2014 for the London-based band sees new versions of previous, soulful faves, ‘Trust Me’ and ‘Only Time Will Tell’ get new production twists from veteran hip-hop to house DJ, Spinna, and house head Ross Couch. Spinna’s remixes steal the show, produced in a style that nods to vintage Trax and DJ International with their aptly names ‘Nostalgic Dub’ and ‘Nostalgic Vocal’ versions.
With a version apiece, there’s good artistic definition between Ruben and Louis Tan’s mixes. In both forms ‘Fernweh’ (Deutsch for ‘wanderlust’ apparently) is a suitably journeying, thermal trancer. Louis is the sleek melodic model; all phased pads, undulant bass and twinkling piano. With its timbale-like percussion, Ruben’s is looser and has more beachfront atmosphere. Which one is the DJ spinning? You probably only need check your watch.
This fourth release from Les Points — aka the Italo-Swiss axis of Nicola Kazimir, Audino, Louh and Barbir — is another quietly superb EP. It's easy to be taken in by the understated, warming-yet-unsettling wonderfulness of 'Rhodes of Kunlun', which bleeps and blips beneath soothing Rhodes keys, or the shuffling depth of Rozzo's remix of 'The Holy Mountain'. But then there's the wonky intrigue of 'Cosmointeruptus', which you should overlook at your peril, not to mention the mind-bending 'Transform'. Jeez, these guys have got it going on.