Jacob Korn – You & Me [UVLP001]

‘You & Me’ turned out to be an amazingly fresh and versatile album, and in good old Uncanny Valley tradition, a highly collaborative affair that goes far beyond the deep house description, making it very well fit for both home listening and dancefloors worldwide. A track like the dark and dirty ‘Heteronomous’ with Uncanny Valley fellow Sneaker lines up alongside the bright and sunny anthem ‘Punta Del Este’ together with Belgiums San Soda. Artists like Christopher Rau or Mr Raoul K add their trademark sounds but there is always that specific approach of Jacob Korn that connects the tracks.

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Jacob Korn – You & Me [UVLP001]

Norm Talley – The Westside Project [VP003]

Number three on the french label Vibes & Pepper comes from Norm Talley and is called the The Westside Project. Lead track “Do What You Like” deftly weaves in some expert Voodoo Ray sampleage amidst a permanently punchy groove whilst “Greenfield Groove” has Talley in looser rhythmic mood, with busy percussion driving through a thick swamp of vocal pressure and ever twisting piano riffs.  B Side hugger “Grove Street Shuffle” was originally featured on the producer’s 1997 release for City Boy.

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Norm Talley – The Westside Project [VP003]

Juniper / Arnaldo – We Met In Manchester [SMALLVILLE030]

Smallville reach out to Manchester, welcoming Meandyou residents Juniper and Arnaldo into the fold with the excellent four tracker We Met In Manchester. “Quiet Moon” sets the tone, a blissful arrangement that gently coaxes itself into action and swerves delightfully when in full rhythmic flight. In contrast “Selenic” is a dreamier proposition with swirling melodic textures lying deep in the mix as Mumberson and Holt shift the rhythms in and out of focus. Arnaldo is in similarly reflective fashion with “A Song Name Of One Word” which momentarily pauses on some wonderfully chiming chords before a voice appears from the depths to drive the track on.

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Juniper / Arnaldo – We Met In Manchester [SMALLVILLE030]

Larry Heard – Black Oceans / Endless Flight [BM012]

Split release from the Black Market archives with tracks by Larry Heard and The It (with a main role for Larry Heard too). Two amazing tracks which actually 20-25 years later still sounds more futuristic as many releases nowadays. Spaced out jazzy keys on the mind blowing Black Oceans with trademark Larry Heard melodies. Flip side takes things to the darker chicago jack territories with the great Endless flight track by The It. This is one of their overlooked and more obscure tracks.

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Larry Heard – Black Oceans / Endless Flight [BM012]