Review: Rennie Foster – ‘Childish Things’ EP (RF Music)

Rennie Foster - Childish Things

★★★★☆

With the summer (finally) in our sights, it’s high time we banished the winter blues and enter more laid-back times. Say hello, then, to Rennie Foster, who really comes up trumps here with the sumptuous effort that comprises the Childish Things EP, a fascinating jaunt down the more thoughtful and considered side of his production arsenal. Warm, fuzzy and full of good vibes aplenty, the title track leaves the listener basking in a celestial glow, the likes of which will see it perfectly suited to Balearic dance floors especially. A real winner, it’s matched only by “Traders” in the quality stakes. On the latter, Foster calls on the trumpet again, but this time, it’s married with a far more up-tempo sound signature. On paper, that might sound like an odd pairing, but on the ear, it’s a very different story.

“Grass Roots” is the other track on offer, and thanks to its otherworldly twists and turns as well as its many smoldering hues, it too intoxicates the listener, while its title (presumably?) gives us a sneak peak in to Foster’s trail of musical thought. A real delight from the off, this one deserves all the plaudits it can muster.

Swiss Watch: Round Table Knights Are On the Rise

Round Table Knights

Round Table Knights are Biru Bee and Marc Hofweber, a Swiss duo who’ve released tracks on labels such as Defected, OFF, Exploited and Made to Play. With a roll call like that, you’d imagine this duo to be one that’s brimming in quality – and you wouldn’t be half wrong either. On that note, theirs is a sound that’s indebted to full-on forces and is very much made with the dance floor in mind. It’s a fact that comes to prominence quite brilliantly on their latest outing, the delectable tale that is the Midnight Spark EP, which is out now on Shur-i-Kan’s always on-point Exploited label. And with this one, it’s no exaggeration to point out that it’s some of their best work yet. Here, we catch up with Biru Bee to find out more.

How are you? What’s on your mind now?
Biru Bee: All good here. We’re just working on some new music in the studio and getting slowly ready for the weekend.

How long have you been involved in music? Are you full-time DJs right now?
We’re involved with music since over ten years. Right now we work as DJs, producers, radio makers and club owners.

How do you find the traveling? Does it still excite you or do you now officially hate airports?
We still love to travel! We are so happy that we have the chance to see so many great countries and meet new people almost every weekend. Of course, sometimes airports can be really annoying but we already have a few tricks to making the waiting time at the airport go by faster. Still, I’m very excited to explore new cities like Seoul a few weeks ago. We often try to stay a bit longer when it’s possible.

So what’s your daily life consist of? Is it just music, music, music? Or what else do you guys get up to?
Mostly our daily life is about music. But like with every business you have to deal with other stuff too. Some paperwork, etc. We try to do as much stuff ourselves as we can.
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Review: Balcazar – ‘Between The Airports’ EP (Desertor Gang)

Balcazar - Between The Airports EP

★★★★☆

Marco Balcazar (a.k.a. Balcazar) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and has since had his music heard all around the world. He has released music on Blaq, Prisoner of Love and Neim Records and has a deep, stripped back dub-house sound that is for the heads. Here he serves up two more such jams that will find favor with the more discerning DJs out there.

First up, “Air Side” is a breezy cut with subtle atmospherics floating about the airwaves above a somber bassline. Celestial night sky melodies come into focus and lighten things up in fascinating ways that send your mind into sci-fi overdrive. The other track included is “Land Side,” a slightly more up-tempo track with ominous sounding melodies and paranoid bass hits driving the thing along. It’s a back room basement track for the dead of night, but despite being so stripped back still packs a heft punch.

Review: Round Table Knights – “Midnight Spark” (Exploited)

Round Table Knights - Midnight Spark Exploited

★★★☆☆

Former turntablists Round Table Knights have long churned out popular club tunes, but on the Swiss duo’s EP on Berlin’s Exploited label they get a lot more sensitive, musical and darn right jazzy, especially on the first of the two tracks on offer.

Said first tune is “Midnight Spark,” with its tooting trumpet lines, cutesy chord stabs, swaying drums and claps and airy synth work. It’s a great house track that will truly stand the test of time and is certainly one of the pair’s finest jams. On the flip side is “Morning Delight,” a little more lazily stuck in its groove, with lots of piano stabs and criss-crossing synth lines hinting at old-school vibes and subtle acid alike. It’s a fine effort but the A-side is the one that really stands out and sticks in the memory here. Tip!