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Talaboman: The Night Land Remixed

This isn’t a release where you’ll be plucking out one from the melee to slide into your sets, you’re going to be immersing yourself in each and every take.

DJ Healer: Nothing 2 Loose

Following on from our earlier review of Prime Minister Of Doom, we take a look at the lighter side of the mysterious producer from Planet Uterus as DJ Healer. Airy and childlike, ‘Nothing 2 Loose’ is easy to love.

Prime Minister Of Doom: Mudshadow Propaganda

With Prince Of Denmark, Traumprinz and DJ Metatron committed firmly to the past, we get under the skin of the darker of the elusive producer’s new alter egos – Prime Minister Of Doom. Focused, distinctly tribal, it is a heady dance floor journey.

Efdemin: Naïf

Let’s not beat about the bush: 2017 was far from a vintage year for the commercial mix. While all and sundry have been lining up to ring the death knell, 2018 is full of enterprising projects looking to buck the trend. The commercial mix certainly still has a few tricks up its sleeve and it would be a far poorer world without it. Efdemin’s ‘Naïf’ is an incredibly strong argument in its favour.

DJ Boring & Stanley Schmidt: Stay Young

With the lo-fi scene being accused of aesthetic first in the past, there is absolutely no evidence of that here. There is levity without ever resorting to dropping in nostalgic references that forcefully wink at you, nudging with pointed elbows. If anything, this is serious. Seriously good.

Jared Wilson: I Love Acid 017

Staying with the theme of fresh talent – in relative terms of acid house legacy – ‘I Love Acid 017’ sees Detroit producer Jared Wilson join the ranks. For the last ten years, he’s been cutting a path through some of the most boisterous labels on the scene, bouncing between his own 7777 imprint to the likes of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Dolly and Super Rhythm Trax.

Sonniku: Diamond Dust

With ambient often falling into one of two camps – aural representations of Jupiter or the unsettling tones of a cheese grater orchestra – Sonniku has hit upon an inspired niche. If your childhood was spent contemplating hit points and there is a little circular indent on your thumbprint that has never faded away, there may just be something here for you.

Lone: Ambivert Tools Volume Three

This third volume sees Lone in a mood that draws comparisons to Bicep’s award stealing album from last year. Where the Belfast born duo explored early 90’s progressive edged vibes through a crystalline lens, ‘Ambivert Tools Volume 3’ goes widescreen in its approach.