18 for 2018, #15: Ex-Terrestrial

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

18 for 2018, #14: Wasserfall

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

18 for 2018, #12: String Theory

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

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, #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

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