Frederick – Take My Hand EP – Lazy Day Recordings

It can be painfully apparent when music is this good as it transcends the dullness of everything else around it. Peter Oakden aka Frederick has produced something that is both soulful (in the real sense of the word) and yet challenging, vibrant. Understated drums and the gentle roll of keys create a questioning atmosphere for Take My Hand with which the emotive vocals fit perfectly in. The wonderful 6th Borough Project version then adds heavier kicks alongside Detroit flavoured basslines, all of which provide a warmer glow to the arrangement while retaining the essential essence. The chiming resonance of Looponic follows with deeper moods explored via the first-rate All Is Well edit, leaving the rigorous rhythms of Ruled By Fire to complete with a heady sequence of flashing keys and uplifting moments care of Selina Campbell’s soaring vocals.

Release: December 13


Chasing Kurt – Cloud Dancer (The Remixes) – Peppermint Jam Records

An outstanding piece of work from Kiko Navarro who we haven’t been featuring enough of but has certainly stamped his impression all over this great vocal from Chasing Kurt’s Lukas, who together with together with DJ & producer Wojtek have produced the soulfully resonating original. Shuffling percussion, hints of punctuation via the crafted synth stabs plus the sense of building intensity all score high on his remix, while underscoring the impassioned vocal delivery perfectly. 6th Borough Project then lend their distinctive flavour to three versions including a standout Percapella for obvious reasons.

Advance Promo at Traxsource: September 1. General release: September 15