Dinas Oleu, Welsh producer Leif’s debut album, is as moving as the best deep house, but its sounds appear to have been laid in an isolation tank rather than planted in earth.
Ghettoville finds its creator staring into the fundamentals of his sound, which is to say the nuts and bolts of his poetics and the inky void they exist within.
With Links / Sun, Elgato applies his reptilian touch to deep-house tropes, and the results are finely balanced on the cusp of engrossing and uncanny as per usual.
Vortekz, Vril’s first EP for Delsin, offers relentless, tiered dub techno with the internal rhythmic logic of sneakers in a dryer.
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Family Vacation is a different beast than Axel Boman’s 12″s, and he clearly enjoys stumbling and slurring more than the briefer format allows.
Special Request’s Soul Musicis a kind of poetics of the style, a Simon Reynolds-influenced meditation on what made 90s breaks unique and thrilling the first time around, paced around 130 BPM for maximum mixing flexibility.
Following close behind Pt 1, Tin Man’s Underdog EP Pt 2 on Pomelo has the same leisurely gait that makes his Acid Test records effortlessly absorbing.
The technicolor fizz blanketing BNJMN’s Hummingbird EP throws the current fixation on “the death of rave” into sharp relief.
Sensate Focus meets footwork on LIES016.5, the latest installment of Ron Morelli’s between-the-integers series.
Following up Sabre’s Tasteful Nudes debut is WT 19 Sabre, a three-tracker for Willie Burns’s label that initially offers more of the same sundazed glow.
The third split 12″ on Singapore’s Midnight Shift pairs Recondite with relative unknown Julien H Mulder and finds both parties performing at a similarly high level.
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You wouldn’t mistake Fences for anything other than a John Roberts album, yet a direct comparison with Glass Eights makes clear how far the musician has come.
Each of the three tracks on Ten Walls’ Gotham EP touches a distinct style rooted in house, but each grows unpredictably according to its own internal logic.
Seven Lies, the debut album from Djrum, immediately lets you know you’re where you are: right there in the long, romantic middle of UK bass.
Savannah completes Mr. Beatnick’s Synthetes EP trilogy maintaining the mellow, memorable note the London musician hit by embedding hip-hop fragments, mosaic-like, between well-spaced kick drums.
Verging on unpredictable but coherent enough to find a place in DJ sets, Unstable Phenomenon is another solid entry in October’s discography.
Spectral Sound delivers this new Fort Romeau EP, pairing a track that’s been floating around since the release of Kingdoms with a dub version and a Lowtec remix.
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