Audio Love 07.04.16
Leif – Macro Beat (Galdoors)
Ok if you read this column regularly then you’ll be well acquainted with the talents of Leif. Multi-album dropping, UntillMyHeartStops co-running, all round good egg. But you may not be that familiar with the excellent label run by Ian Tames called Galdoors. They’ve just enlisted the aforementioned Welsh wizard to put together their 6th release and it’s a fine record and no mistake. I first stumbled across Galdoors a couple of releases back when I chanced upon Tames’ release a year or so ago and I’ve been a big fan ever since.
This current EP sees Leif covering lots of bases musically, giving a nicely varied yet coherent package. We kick off with the title track which is a percussive builder. It has a pensive, pent up feel to it, with the energy building nicely. Next up, “Moment Beat” feels like it’s screwed up tightly, with all of the energy kept in the centre, wanting to break free. Over on the flip, “Tumbler” also has an edgy feel to it but this time the chords allow some nice dissipation. Add to this an understated, effortless groove and you’ve got a winner. It's the kind of track that people will move to without really realising it. We end the proceedings with “Untitled” which is a beautiful ambient excursion that you can really get lost in. Not stacks upon stacks of wishy washy chords. Just careful, emotive brush strokes in just the right quantity. Lovely stuff.
GOSUB – Sunday at Battleship Key (Barba)
Barba is the techno and electro focused offshoot of Burek, the most consistent Croatian label around. I’ve covered both labels quite heavily here in Audio Love and the quality just never seems to let up. This latest release comes courtesy of Miami originator, Shad T. Scott under his Gosub moniker. If you have a penchant for lush, warm electro that just washes over you then this will be right up your street. While a lot of familiar, yet welcome tropes are on offer this release still manages to feel relevant. They’re the kind of tracks you’ll turn to when you need to keep the momentum of a dancefloor but bring down the energy before heading in for another assault. The JTC remix of the title track takes things in a new direction entirely, and is a more that welcome addition. Highly recommended.
Various Artists – In House EP (City Fly)
The East Midlands House Maffia (yeah that would’ve been a much better name right!) have just dropped their 13th release and it’s a very special one indeed. Up till now they’ve been focused on digging up the best in modern house music from across the globe but now it’s time for the label crew to step up and shine. We have Jonna and Samwell, Last Trip to Gandahar and Darran P all coming with the goods, plus J’Shez turning out an excellent remix of Flori’s “Holloway” which first appeared on their 3rd release. Expect deeply funky, high quality house music throughout. More of this please!
Giorgio Luceri – Space Fire Truth (Uzuri)
Ok this is one for your radars. The legendary imprint Uzuri welcomes Italian artist Giorgio Luceri to the fold for a wonderful new EP. Giorgio’s been releasing quality music since 2011, with numerous outings on Jamal Moss’ excellent Mathematics label and this new offering is definitely up to the standards he’s set himself in the past. If I were to invent a long, German style, elaborate compound word to describe the release it would go something like this – Jazzfunkelectronicweirdmeltyourmindshitgoodyeah. Feel those organs baby. Coming towards the end of April so keep your peepers peeled.