Review: Michigan producer John Beltran is a master of atmosphere and emotion. His ambient has been used for countless seminal TV shows, he's been cited as an inspiration to Four Tet and has put out key albums on labels like Delsin and Peacefrog. Here he is in a distinctively club-focussed mood, but the synths still very much speak to your heart. "The Lake" is pure Motor City techno soul, and the ambient reprise allows you to wallow in his pads even more. "Twilight" then bustles with shimmering metal hits while pixelated keys drift about like a million fire flies in a warm night sky. Lush.
Review: Following his "Late Night Sessions" earlier this year Detroit's Brian Garrett returns to Trouble Kids with another generous helping of straight up strutting house music. From the full-frontal jacks of "Ounce Is" and the divine vocal-looping "Say Summin'" we slip into something more boompty and comfortable on "Aquarius Swing" and tantalise our senses of "Life Of Love" before shedding more layers until we're writhing in otherworldly groove nudity on the re-shuffle. "Same Feelings" closes on a juicy Jersey garage warm organ vibe. Feeling it?
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.