Here’s the first in an unapologetically nostalgic sub-series of my Sunday Selections mixes devoted to ‘golden era’ deep UK techno. I have to admit I was feeling pretty miserable about the state of the nation last week; digging out the records that blew my mind in the early/mid-90s transported me to happier times and I… Continue reading Sunday Selections XII: Golden Era Techno, Pt. 1
Three years ago I started a series to showcase some of my favourite jazz, soul, hip hop and downtempo records, with a smattering of ambient electronics and deep techno. I hesitate to call them DJ mixes, as there wasn't much in the way of beat-mixing, but they were carefully programmed and designed to reflect what… Continue reading Sunday Selections
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