Leftroom's sister imprint designed for one off signings, Leftroom Ltd, serves up the strident 'Sourire du Sphinx' two-tracker from Alex Celler just as Winter gives way.
In just a few years and a handful of standout releases Celler has established himself as one of the new school of tech-house lynchpins. Whether alone or with Anthea, his output for Area Remote, Cecille, Tuning Spork, Freak n' Chic and Soweso has made him one of the most charted artists around (just check Resident Advisor).
Celler's ability to craft tight, engaging dancefloor grooves has made him popular but, always one to push forward, we see the London-based Greek develop his sound in 'Sourire du Sphinx'.
The brawny and athletic drum programming Celler has made his name with remains intact for the perfectly suited 'Sourire Du Sphinx' and 'Conundrum', but an unhurried and playful use of melodies bleeds through like never before.
In 'Sourire Du Sphinx', the tunes unfurl from a cornucopia of pitched percussion that switches from jarring to tuneful throughout and makes for an enthralling, jazz infused listen.
The rhythms of 'Conundrum' are joined by a gentler set of chiming melodies and further augmented with haunting, drawn out vocals. Poignant and dancefloor is a rare combination but
'Conundrum' manages to pull off both with aplomb.