Iona Fortune – Tao Of I [Optimo Music]
Optimo Music’s output continues in similar vein to their previous release Miracle Steps, with the fantastic Tao Of I from Glaswegian producer/composer Iona Fortune. Exploring sounds with origins in the far east, this release really is something to behold, utterly beautiful in its make up and a very welcome addition to the vast cannon of music being assembled by JD Twitch and his crew.
Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft – Passive Aggressive [Melody As Truth]
The latest release from Amsterdam based label Melody As Truth comes from the pairing of Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft. Featuring an abundance of calming, cleansing music Passive Aggressive see’s two artists at the top of their game coming together to create something truly brilliant. Where many contemporaries tend to dawdle through records, Nash and Kraft have created a concise, exciting example of modern classical composition.
Shanti Celeste – Make Time [Idle Hands]
In keeping with what has been an excellent 2017 thus far for the Bristol-based artist, Shanti Celeste drops yet another fantastic record. Make Time, released on the Idle Hands imprint whom the producer is often affiliated, is a two track 12″ of pounding house music, dripping in heavy reverb, and sparse, glittering synth chords. With the title track in particular sure to be a hit across festivals over the summer, we are listening to an artist at the peak of her creative powers.
Tapes vs. Superstar & Star – Spirit World [Porridge Bullet]
The latest release on the Estonian imprint Porridge Bullet is a collaborative effort from Jackson Bailey and Neville Lawrence, a.k.a. Tapes and Superstar respectively. Blissed out dub is the policy on Spirit World‘s original and ‘riddim’, lo-fi percussion and gentle keys straddling simple, bloated bass notes. Lawrence’s distorted, contorted vocals add colour and vibrancy to a wonderful gem of a tune.
Pip Williams – Outer Limits [Central Processing Unit]
Pip Williams graces the effervescent Central Processing Unit with Outer Limits, a four track EP so fitting for the electro label it hurts. Each cut exploring acidic broken electro with such grace and elegance as has become customary for CPU. Our choice here is the fast paced Cutty Told Me, synth lines bobbing the listening along, a very fun bassline to complement and jittery percussion to absorb the listener in. Another great release to add to a very impressive catalogue for CPU now.