Various Floorplay Volume 2: Household Names

Play Records ups the ante with their second Floorplay compilation, giving us a tasty collection of deep, sweet house. The vibe runs from lovely, smooth vocal treats to tech-y, funky, percussive and back again as label founder DJ Peace Harvest beautifully blends 11 songs representing five different cities. Toronto's Richard Brooks and Brendan Costigane kick things off in fine style, with their exquisite trumpet and vocal led "Excited Souls" treating the ears and soul. Similarly, the UK's Lacarno + Burns bring deep vocal goodness with the aptly titled "Beautiful Things." Funky rhythms abound when Peace Harvest teams up with Cuban Canadian musicians Pan con Queso during the percussive "Wide Stride," which works its way fantastically into fellow Play artist Steve Yanko's crazy, fat, "bass meets vibes" gem "Fever." My mind screamed "rewind" the first (and tenth) time I heard Sweet Abraham's "Sahara." Herbert fans are sure to appreciate this deliciously sparse groover, where trumpet riffs over organ and echoed keys. The music remains 100 percent solid, with Pan Con Queso's disco-tech "Matacallao" giving way to the very fresh, understated, utterly mesmerising "Masquerade," where the vocals of Naomi N'sombi meet the production of Peace Harvest and Vancouver's Sean Dimitrie. Torontonian Martino Lozeg then comes with the ultimate in late, late night musical musing, "4am in the Mourning," a long-time personal favourite and the comp's uniqueness and vision is sealed with Legion of Green Men's tastefully broken remix of Marc de Breyne's "Torturous Solitude." Three cheers for the home team; it doesn't get much better than this. (Play)