Review: Second Hand has made solid moves over the course of its first five Eps and the sixth is another dazzler. Atalanta's hotly tipped Stefan Ringer is the man on the buttons and brings with him a breezy house. 'Get Rite' is a balmy opener with nice warped synths and gentle chords over scuffed kicks and hits. 'Body Language' gets more steamy with its muffled vocal sounds and skipping beats and 'Freethought' then unhinged itself from reality with a melange of loose Rhodes noodling, off-grid has and beats and alate night charm that you cannot resist. The roughed up but late night house of 'Trysheen' is the icing on the cake.
Review: Patrice Scott's third and final solo EP of 2018 is packed to the rafters with high-grade material. Perhaps most notable is A-side "Movin In", a fluid, funk-fuelled affair bristling with jazzy electric piano motifs, swinging, New Jersey garage influenced drums, liquid synth bass and some decidedly Larry Heard style musical flourishes. Over on side B, the long-serving Detroiter layers sumptuous jazz-funk synths and jazzy analogue bass over a sweaty deep house beat on "Come Inside", before showcasing his hip-hop style beat-making skills on the beautiful, deep-as-an-ocean head-nodder "Are You Conscious?". In a word: superb.
Review: Sometime Sound Signature regular Specter (real name Andres Ordonez) should be regarded as a genuine underground hero: a talented and hard-working producer, whose regular vinyl missives are regularly a cut above the rest. For proof, check out this four-tracker on Brooklyn's Second Hand Records. He dives straight into spacey, off-kilter deep house warmth on the smooth but slipped opener "Peace of Mind", before wrapping more starry, spaced-out synths around a muddy bassline and hazy machine drums on "Front & Center". The B-side is all about "Cold Sweat", a minimalistic Larry Heard style emotive deep house number that's also successfully given a breezy-but-beefy makeover by remixer Byron The Aquarius.