E.R.P. – Afterimage (Forgotten Future). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww6ILcm8Wn8 Just in the nick of time for 2018 comes this virtually flawless collection of electro tracks by one of the most consistent cats in the game, Gerard ‘Convextion’ Hanson in his E.R.P. guise. It’s not reinventing the wheel by any means - it sounds like it could have been… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #18: E.R.P.
XVARR – Beyond Illuminism (Thuluth). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbrODeti1fs Yet another one I have Rubadub to thank me for: Mark ‘Mother’ Maxwell was playing this in the shop during one of my visits this year and it caught my ear in between listening to stack of vinyl on one of the listening posts. Beautifully packaged (including a CD… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #17: XVARR
Vakulism – Edelweiss Reflection (Bandura). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnIG5ibHctg This Japanese-inspired EP from Konotop’s finest was released under a new variation of his Vakula alias, and it’s truly beautiful stuff from start to finish. While the opening title track is a superb slice of late-night deepness for the discening DJ, I’ve found myself coming back again and again… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #16: Vakulism
Ex-Terrestrial – Urth Born (Pacific Rhythm). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqn1_yqDZPg Lush, dreamy breakbeat house from Vancouver, by an artist I’ve been digging for a while and who put out three solid EPs this year. Urth Man is my pick of the bunch, with a perfectly weighted bassline, sharp breaks, deep chords, twanging melodies and a touch of acid.… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #15: Ex-Terrestrial
Wasserfall – HESP005 (Hesperian Sound Division). Shades of Ultramarine and Jan Jelinek run through this ace EP from yet another artist and label that were new to me in 2018. The most DJ-friendly cut is probably Daniel Chavez’s remix of Stiv Heks, on side A, but it’s all about the two B-side cuts for my… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #14: Wasserfall
WINO-D – WINO-D (Wah Wah Wino). This week I managed to snag one of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-em represses of this phenomenal 12” after being too slow on the draw when it first emerged back in February and instantly sold out - although I probably would have ended up forking out top dollar for it on Discogs… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #13: WINO-D
String Theory – Modularity (Rhythm Section International). This excellent four-tracker from Glasgow, on Peckham’s always-interesting Rhythm Section label, dropped out of nowhere in April. Opening track Dirty High is the instant winner, channelling early Floating Points-style swung house drums with analogue arpeggios, live bass and light-fingered Rhodes keys, but the one I’ve returned to most… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #12: String Theory