Review: It's amazing to think that Jay Daniel is still only 25. Since making his debut five years ago, the producer has been responsible for some of the finest house music to emerge from Detroit in recent times. Interestingly, he's slightly modified his woozy and gently soul-flecked blueprint on this hotly anticipated debut album. For starters, many of the tracks - standouts "Paradise Valley" and "Knowledge of Selfie" included - feature live drums, played and recorded in his mother's basement. This rhythmic adjustment gives Broken Knowz a far looser and warmer feel than his previous work, in the process elevating his deliciously rich and musical deep house to a whole new level. In other words, it's an impressively assured and entertaining debut album.
Review: Via well received releases on the likes of Ghostly International and Kompakt, Berlin-based Dauwd Al Hilali has spent the last six years releasing increasingly impressive forays into deep house and techno. Given that many of these combined effortless musical warmth and mellow grooves with nods to more experimental electronic fare both old and new (Terry Riley, the Radiophonic Workshop, krautrock, Detroit beatdown etc.), hopes are naturally high for this debut album on Ninja Tune offshoot "Technicolour". Happily, it's exactly the kind of gently melodious and rhythmically persuasive set you'd expect, with his usual rich and hazy workouts being joined by tracks that variously look to ambient music and Theo Parrish for inspiration.