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Hanko / Sync Dancehall

After releasing on Music From Memory sister label Second Circle, Androo starts his own label Poly Dance. As usual, his music is infused with percussive rhythms and emotive melodies and sits neatly under any outdoor canvas. "Hanko" is pure jubilation for the daytime, a relaxed conga pattern careering effortlessly through some seriously vibing piano licks, bouncy organ stabs and punchy b-line. Sublime!

"Sync Dancehall" offers some more abstract and digitized rhythms, a squelchy analogue bass underpinning it all while some obsolete vintage drum machine provides the forward momentum. Perfectly formed fx decorate the track beautifully as it jostles on in a non-linear and quite cerebral fashion. Strong stuff here, unique, intoxicating and pull of life. Recommended. 

Monster package of edits that standout from the rest because they are daring, off the beaten track and covering a wide range of genres. The last two Belpaeses set up the bar pretty high and this third instalment is no less. 

You are greeted on the A side (in its full splendor) by 'Vai di Samba', a gentle yet energetic 80s synth rich brazillian underrated tune with sweet vocals and that casio-flavoured piano typical from this era. The climatic sax mid way through this track is pure glory. 

On the B side you get an italo-tinged 80s Italian female pop beauty that could have easily come out from the 'Call Me By Your Name' soundtrack that, by the way, is also excellent. The beat is rushed but by no means stressful. It possibly can cause some heads to turn - for good reasons though. 

The third edit is the one for me. A drum reach, vocal free fest called 'Electrosamba'. The title says it all - althoug the emphasis goes on the samba and not the electro. A great tool for alternative peak times. 

This label does fly off the shelf. We are getting some copies but do get yours now or repent in future times!


Sil says: Part three of a label coming strong into the overcrowded world of edits. These ones, however, are pretty good and varied from the ordinary run of the mill stuff out there. Definitely one to go for.

There are some people out there who can't help but make you feel inadequate - fantastic, charismatic bastards whose boundless energy, brilliant talent and superior skill suggests they're actually just more evolved than the rest of us. So it is with Leon x Leon, a Parisian doctor, digger, DJ and producer, who climbs mountains, makes your earth move and grooves you greatly whenever he's up in the spot. And when he isn't ripping it up on a rooftop DJ set, saving lives or tackling a multi-pitch ascent without breaking a sweat, Leon x Leon can be found in his home studio, fusing italo, house and boogie into neon tinged heaters for the likes of Red Laser Disco or Good Plus, the label he founded with his friends at Les Yeux Orange. 
Now two years on from his last EP, our hero finds himself on Cracki, coming in hot and heavy with a five track frenzy of mature and diverse dancers for party people everywhere. The titular "Rokanbo" rocks your socks and sandals right off, bouncing out the A1 with an infectious fusion of acid, house and zouk. An intoxicating tropical tipple, "Rokanbo" delivers a string of bright and buoyant synth riffs, subtle percussion and a KILLER bassline, before blasting into the stratosphere via a bubbling 303 and massive synth brass solo - pure Rubicon tackle. Next up, "Formant Sweep" treats us to a squiggling bass line and spiralling synthlines, picking up a couple of classy keys on the way to mid 80s New York. If you're a fan of FK, Boyd Jarvis and Timmy Regisford, this proto-house peach will have you reaching for your Prelude jams. "Jungle Juice" transplants the party from Zanzibar to...well...Zanzibar, simmering sultry melodies, warm pads and a discoid bassline into a true techno-tropical jam, while "Red Footpath" and "Horizon" get deep, deep, deeper into this thing, balancing tougher NJ house percussion with atmospheric pads, tacky bass with trilling flute, Mediterranean optimism with New York grit.
Exotic, evocative and utterly irresistible, this is the Frenchman's finest work to date. 


Matt says: KP tip - double dose with a can of Rubicon for the ultimate party power up.

Patrick says: Beat the seasonal blues from the comfort of your own turntable with Parisian producer Leon x Leon. Ignore the EasyJet offers clogging up your inbox and invest in something way groovier. Acid zouk? Island disco? Proto House? If you're after a breath of fresh air and a blast of high end floor fuel, this is for you.

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