These bits do the business. All out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise.
Omar S – Annoying Mumbling Alkaholic (FXHE US)
The EP is a beacon of simple beauty. The opening track is particularly picturesque, with beautiful, new-age influenced melodies and immersive pads riding a cymbal-heavy Detroit deep house groove. There’s more Mood Hut/Future Times style synth work on the Tangerine Dream influenced “Track 2”, which contrasts deep, sun-kissed melodic loops with a fuzzy drum machine groove.
Talaboman – Sideral (Studio Barnhus Sweden)
“Sideral” – dedicated to a genre-straddling Barcelona DJ who passed away back in 2006 – is certainly special, with the original version offering an intoxicating, bright-eyed fusion of dense, African-influenced percussion, attractive chords and thrilling, upbeat melodies.
Nu Zau – Fortuit EP (UVAR)
“Fortuit” is a wistful, dreamlike workout that maximizes on elegant sweeps of pad and gurgling found sound decoration for a truly hypnotic end result. On the flipside, “Perpetuum” has a more forthright groove to latch onto, coming over all techy without selling short the hypnotic atmosphere that Nu Zau has made his own.
Floating Points – Sprinkling controversy (Eglo)
“Sparkling Controversy” is a previously unreleased dub of “ARP3” from 2011’s expansive double-EP Shadows. Its every bit as immersive and touchy-feely as the 2011 original, just a little weightier, with added punch to the percussion.