Shanti Celeste / Funkineven – SSS [APRON020]

In recent times, Bristol’s Shanti Celeste has proved more than adept at blending tough, body-popping electro beats with picturesque electronics and luscious, eyes-closed melodies. She’s at it again here, following up two excellent outings on Future Times with the brilliant “SSS”. Expect just the right blend of tactile, eyes-closed melodiousness, snappy drum machine work, and a fluid bassline that subtly doffs a cap to Syclops’ “Where’s Jason’s K”. Apron boss Funkineven offers his own interpretation on the flip, bringing it closer to early 808 State territory, while adding some neat, boogie-influenced synth touches and saucer-eyed piano flourishes.

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Shanti Celeste / Funkineven – SSS [APRON020]

Fred P – Modern Architect [EOS001]

For the best part of a decade, Fred Peterkin has impressed with his ultra-deep, soul-flecked take on deep house and techno. Here, his Soul People Music imprint gives birth to a new sub-label, Energy of Sound, with the New York producer delivering a double-pack’s worth of previously unreleased cuts. Naturally, the standard is abnormally high throughout, with Peterkin variously serving up sumptuous, dreamy fare (“Down Under”, the San Francisco ’90s deep house revivalism of “Don’t Be Afraid”), chunkier deep house rollers (“Memory P”), crunchy dub house (“Dub In The Sky”), and throbbing, tech-tinged brilliance (“Tokyo To Chiba” and the European-sounding “Sybian”).

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Fred P – Modern Architect [EOS001]