VA – Psychic Advisor [SMALLVILLE049]

Psychic Advisor, is a worldwide affair: mysterious Makybee Diva from Down Under, Snad – hailing from Chicago, L’amour Fou on B1- the project of Move D and his friendsf rom Taipeh (Benoit and Marco), plus Arnaldo closing down the compilation on B2. You might consider this record as a clubnight from start to finish. There is everything from slow euphoria to crystaline deepness, from shake-moments to different states of a sweet dream, but it all fits as if it was bound together.

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VA – Psychic Advisor [SMALLVILLE049]

Arnaldo – Your Favourite Colour Is Green Yet You Dress In Black [SMALLVILLE042]

Arnaldo drops his first EP for Smallville for three years. This is a wonderfully fluid delight, with all three tracks offering a near perfect balance of lolloping grooves, glassy-eyed melodies and eyes-shut chords. A-side “Moving On” sets the tone, layering dreamy pads and cascading melodies atop a shuffling groove. He gets a little more forthright on the cymbal-heavy deep house pump of “Never Used To Be Better”, before calming things down with the heavenly throb, woozy spoken vocal samples and cyclical melodies of “Million Mile Love”.

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Arnaldo – Your Favourite Colour Is Green Yet You Dress In Black [SMALLVILLE042]

VA – Halal Prepared Vol. 2 [BOE022]

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Arriving back in the spring of 2010, the first edition of Halal Prepared from London label Boe Recordings featured Iron Curtis, KiNK and Ladzinski and has remained a 12″ the more considered selectors at Juno HQ keep in their record boxes. Primed by Boe as the onset of a new V/A series, it’s taken the label three years to decide on what artists to feature on this second volume, with a great online mix series of the same name available for those craving some Halal flavoured house. Smallville graduate Arnaldo calls shotgun here with the playfully named A side hogger “A Shop That Sells Everything But At Twice The Price” filled with the sort of texturally deepness that made his Blank Slate record from earlier this year such a popular 12″. Label boss Ben Boe deems the time right to surface with his first original production and “Low Rider” fits snugly in with the refined house aesthetic the under-rated Boe Recordings has developed over the course of it’s five years of releases. French producer Anaxander rounds out Vol 2. In fine style with the deep and dubby “Dance Et Cetera” showcasing his percussive chops.

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VA – Halal Prepared Vol. 2 [BOE022]

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]