Review: Couch Acid Recordings chief Paul Graham doesn't release many records, but what he does put out under the Booshank alias is invariably excellent. Graham's latest outing - a label debut for Butter Sessions that marks his first release for two years - is certainly quietly impressive. All three original tracks are melodious, atmospheric and evocative, with Graham wrapping attractive synthesizer lines and vintage ambient techno style electronics around fizzing drum machine rhythms (see ace lead cut "FTH" and sludgy closer "Come On Honey". The centrepiece is undoubtedly the chiming, mesmerizing ambient wonder that is "Andys", a track that Gonno brilliantly turns into a breakbeat-driven club stomper on his must-check B-side remix.
Review: Fresh from a sublime, suitably psychedelic EP on Sophie Sweetland's Planet Euphorique imprint, Melbourne twosome Sleep D returns home to their Butter Sessions imprint with two robust chunks of glassy-eyed techno. A-side 'Freak Of' is particularly weighty and forthright, with psychedelic electronics, hallucinatory electronics and trance-inducing synthesiser sounds rising above a chunky bassline and seriously jacking beats. 'Nature' is a little deeper and more melody-driven - all hypnotic synthesizer loops, sunrise-ready chords, tactile synth-bass and blissful keyboard melodies - but no less energetic. It's basically a loved-up dancefloor treat, albeit one from the more gently psychedelic end of the dance music spectrum.
Review: Ryan Hunter, also known as Midnight Tenderness, has previously released on Aussie labels such as Ken Oath and ILIO. This EP will be his second offering on Down Under label Butter Sessions, following up the Turner Street Sound collaboration with Dan White. The Melbourne-based producer/DJ maintains his fixation with dub-wise rhythms and heavenly melody, delivered with his signature silky smooth production on 'Digi Modes'. It features the bass-driven high tech funk of "Dub Dreams", followed by the evocative and echo-laden stepper that is "Crosswinds".