Review: After the top-notch jazz fusion acrobatics of his long-player, emergent producer Royal Dust gets the remix treatment from two top shelf practitioners, and the results are as essential as label, artist or listener could hope for. First up is Ricardo Villalobos, who takes a more full-bodied approach compared to his usual stripped down ways, twisting "Royal" into a psychedelic whirl of dubwise, krautrock-inflected instrumentation that meanders through 8 minutes of strung out perfection. Paul Frick meanwhile drops some rolling, broken beat science on "Truco", letting jazzed-out synths curl around a limber set of drums that belie his learned musicality. In addition to these fine versions, there's also a sequence of parts for each original track included for would-be remixers to lift from the wax.
Review: Tobi Neumann and Marco Unzip's ToCo project unveils itself with deft subtlety and relaxed restraint. Both respected in the techno realm, "Right Place" sees them switching to something a lot baggier, spacious and fun. "Right Place" is a slow palpitation session with cosmic overlays and dense bass plods ebbing and flowing, "Supafly" is U.F.Orb era synthetic funk while "Sweet Elisa" is a Map Of Africa-style soiree into cushioned cosmic disco. Some side projects shine with so much creativity they outweigh the sum of their parts, ToCo is definitely one of them.