18 for 2018, #17: XVARR

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

18 for 2018, #16: Vakulism

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

18 for 2018, #13: WINO-D

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

18 for 2018, #10: Cosmic Handshakes

Cosmic Handshakes ‎– In The Mist (Going Good). 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… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #10: Cosmic Handshakes

18 for 2018, #7: Perko

Perko ‎– NV Auto (Numbers). 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… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #7: Perko

18 for 2018, #5: Other Lands

Other Lands ‎– Pattern Transform (Firecracker). 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… Continue reading 18 for 2018, #5: Other Lands