Jimi Jules – Equinox [ZKR005]

Swiss producer Jimi Jules has a small but perfectly formed discography. Within it, you’ll find collaborations with Berlin-based big hitter Oliver $, as well as releases on both Defected and Watergate. Equinox is his debut album, and sees him successfully expand his musical repertoire beyond the club-ready deep house he’s known for. Thanks to the use of musicians – drummers, guitarists and such-like – there’s a loose, warm and quietly soulful feel throughout. Highlights include the dusty, tech-tinged deep house shuffle of the effortlessly soulful “Lost Love”, the head-nodding, trumpet-laden modern soul warmth of “Too Young For Me”, the Innervisions style atmosphere of “Truth Light”, and the dubby, dusty-eyed stumble of immaculate closer “Sirup”.

Quentin – Mirage/Rain [HVN037]

A collaborative EP from John Talabot and Marc Piñol will come out on Hivern Discs this month.

Due out October 21st, it’s the duo’s first full single as Quentin. (They previously contributed a track under that name to a split 7-inch in 2014.) “Mirage” has been on heavy rotation in the Hivern crew’s sets for more than a year, and it’s paired with a tune called “Rain.” It’s John Talabot’s second collaborative release of 2016, following an edit 12-inch with Pional as Lost Scripts.