Review: Given that Tom "Contours" Burford has spent much of the last year making collaborative cuts for Banana Hill that draw on tropical rhythms and native African musicianship, it's probably unsurprising that his return to Shall Not Fade should also feature some of the same influences. It's nominally a deep house EP, but the set's three original tracks are much more nuanced and open-minded than that. Check, for example, the layered hand percussion and polyrhythmic instrumentation on the jazz-funk influenced deep house brilliance of "Lisbon" and the tropical-tinged, intergalactic sci-fi house of "5th Planet". The B-side boasts two versions of "North West": the lilting horns, music box melodies and soft-touch percussion of Burford's original, and the Herbie Hancock inspired bruk-up business of Kaidi Tatham's superb revision.
Review: Following a string of well-regarded EPs - mostly on Emotive - Silk 86 joins the growing Shall Not Fade family. The Other Side is a wholeheartedly positive and melodious affair, with all four cuts sounding like they could ignite any house-centric party if dropped at the right time. While the title track, a bouncy roller full of jammed-out electronic piano solos, lazy Rhodes chords and elastic synth bass, is undeniably ace, our pick is probably the low-slung, bass-heavy deep house/disco-house fusion of "Rhapsody" (though opener "The Shine", a breezy piano-heavy affair full of authentic disco percussion, is also fantastic). If that wasn't enough to set the pulse racing, Mall Grab's remix of "The Other Side" is a sweaty, bass-heavy, late night delight.