Needs present Laurentius – Reminiscence

Let's go back to 2002 for a superb slab of premier league deep house from Lars Bartkuhn for Anthony Nicholson's Clairaudience label. By the time this was released the Frankfurt producer had already been making waves with the Needs crew, honing a brand of sumptuously produced and lavishly musical house that could go toe to… Continue reading Needs present Laurentius – Reminiscence

Pod – Northern Lights

Back to '92 for an absolute peach by Kenny Larkin, from the Vanguard EP on Belgium's Buzz label, who also released the seminal Virtualsex compilation. It's a strong record all-round - the title track is a beauty too - but Northern Lights really steals the show for me, and it's a reminder that Larkin really deserves… Continue reading Pod – Northern Lights

Headspace & Emoticon Retrospective

So here's something I've been meaning to do for a long time - a mix of tracks on Headspace and Emoticon, the labels I ran with Raeph Powell from 1996-2006. Since the whole operation kind of predates the internet as we now know it - none of this stuff is available digitally, and probably never… Continue reading Headspace & Emoticon Retrospective

Last Session – Sometimes I Feel Like

This blog's been a bit techno-heavy when I've managed to write anything over the last year or so, so here's a choice slice of house - from the mid-90s Chicago dream team of Ron Trent, Chez Damier and Alton Miller - to redress the balance. Featured on 1995's Collected Sounds of Prescription compilation, it was… Continue reading Last Session – Sometimes I Feel Like

Model 500 – Pick Up The Flow

It's hard to believe this Juan Atkins masterpiece is 22 years old when it still sounds more futuristic than 99% of techno released today. Recorded solo and released on Metroplex in 1993, it neatly foreshadows the immense Sonic Sunset and Deep Space material he recorded for R&S with Moritz Von Oswald, with a super-clean, otherworldly… Continue reading Model 500 – Pick Up The Flow

Elegy – Flights Of Fantasy

Here’s a slice of classic British techno soul from the golden era that’s the perfect warmer for an icy winter evening. On the fourth and final Likemind EP, Kirk Degiorgio is at the controls of this spaced-out groover which would easily pass for a lost Carl Craig masterpiece. The drums are killer - a classic… Continue reading Elegy – Flights Of Fantasy

Convextion – Premiata

Gerard Hanson's Convextion project is arguably most famous for the pair of mid-90s 12"s on Matrix that still fetch silly money on the Discogs market, but for my money his finest work has appeared elsewhere. A case in point is this cut from his self-titled 2006 album on Down Low, a timeless slice of techno… Continue reading Convextion – Premiata