Some people seem able to make any rushed session sound like one of the most vital things ever and that fast and loose approach pays dividends for Helix, as his three-track 12” for Templar Sound as DJ Vague showcases.
This has been out a while, but with all that Christmas/New Year stuff, it got a bit lost in the melee! We thought it would be a shame not to give it a little plug, so here it is: a killer three-track EP from LA duo De Lux, which is laced with infectious and inviting disco-not-disco in the spirit of Talking Heads, Brian Eno and all things DFA. A touch of class.
Pachanga Boy, Rebolledo, takes a break from writing with Superpitcher for a whimsical collaboration with Munk. As the title hints, expect a tongue-in- cheek combination of disorienting surf rock and weighty disco rhythm, steeped in a showering of sleaze. A touch of acid-disco creeps in with the lively bonus track, 'Got It Baby', but it's the controlled chaos of Rebolledo's wild, wigged-out giddy dub version of the title tune that steals the show.
Buzzin' Fly and Freerange alumnus Lodemann drops two skilfully constructed tracks for Defected's diffusion imprint DFTD. Lovely things they are. 'Coming Your Way' finds the East Berlin-born producer building and layering like a master craftsman, creating classy understatement where others would perhaps just go all out with its bassy synths. On the flip, 'Feeling Good' oozes class too, with its gentle pianos, vocals swirling, samples appearing and then disappearing in the deep. There's a lot to love here.