18 for 2018, #17: XVARR ‎– Beyond Illuminism

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 a stack of vinyl on one of the listening posts. Beautifully packaged (with the LP including a CD copy), it’s… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #17: XVARR ‎– Beyond Illuminism

18 for 2018, #16: Vakulism – Edelweiss Reflection

This Japanese-inspired EP was released under a new variation of the Vakula alias, and it’s 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 to the psychedelic, beatless closing cut, The Eve of Metaphors,… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #16: Vakulism – Edelweiss Reflection

18 for 2018, #13: WINO-D

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 eventually. There’s a unique sound world… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #13: WINO-D

18 for 2018, #10: Cosmic Handshakes – In the Mist

Going Good has become a ‘buy on sight’ label for me, and this wonderful LP from Detroit duo Cosmic Handshakes, released at the start of the year, is one of the reasons why. It works perfectly as a home-listening experience, segueing from beatless interludes to hazy Balearic jams and jazz-inflected beatdown house, with a loose,… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #10: Cosmic Handshakes – In the Mist

18 for 2018, #7: Perko – NV Auto

Sneaking onto my list of the year's best records just in the nick of time is this seven-track debut EP from a 23-year-old artist which blows most of 2018’s music out of the water. The standout cut is probably Rounded, which updates the classic dub techno template with fizzing breakbeats and bowel-quaking bass blasts, but… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #7: Perko – NV Auto

18 for 2018, #6: Loidis – The Floating World (& All Its Pleasures)

I have Rubadub to thank for alerting me to this stunning three-tracker released under a new alias for Huerco S. I’ve always liked his stuff but this feels to me like a step up from his previous output - it keeps the hazy ambience and loose arrangements but with a slightly more hi-fi sound, a… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #6: Loidis – The Floating World (& All Its Pleasures)

18 for 2018, #5: Other Lands – Pattern Transform

Another belter from the mighty Firecracker crew was this four-track EP by Edinburgh’s all-round good egg Gavin Sutherland. It includes a vintage from-the-vaults house gem in the shape of Late Feeling Yourself - which I’ve been desperate to own ever since hearing it dropped on a DJ mix a few years back - alongside three new… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #5: Other Lands – Pattern Transform