Review: Curiously, Anchorsong's sophomore set Ceremonial didn't appear on vinyl when it first appeared back in February 2016. Happily, Tru Thoughts has finally relented to pressure and pressed it up on wax. It remains a beguiling and beautiful set, with the Japanese producer somehow managing to create audio gold out of little more than an MPC-2500 workstation and a keyboard. While there are plenty of moments of fluid, eyes-shut beauty dotted throughout - see "Eve", "Oriental Suite", "Butterflies" and the outstanding "Monsoon" - the set also contains some crunchy beats ("Expo"), a thrillingly bass-heavy, steel-drums laden groover ("Rendezvous") and a seriously humid, tropical workout ("Last Forest").
East London Street (Hidden Orchestra remix) (7:07)
Western Isles (Throwing Snow remix) (8:22)
Still (Floex remix) (6:21)
Stone (Matthew Herbert Spring dub) (6:20)
The Lizard (Skalpel remix) (5:04)
First Light (Nostalgia 77 remix) (4:07)
Serpentine (Wrongtom Rotten Row dub) (3:07)
Long Orchard (The Physics House Band remix) (9:12)
Review: For this reworked edition of Joe Acheson's most recent Hidden Orchestra full-length, Tru Thoughts has enlisted the talents not only of some of the label's most prominent artists, but also a handful of genuine heavy hitters. Check, for example, the epic, string-drenched atmospheric techno rework of "Wingbeats" by Traum Schallplatten regular Max Cooper, Throwing Snow's rubbery, flute-laden dub disco take on "Western Isles" and Matthew Herbert's typically glitchy Spring Dub of "Stone", which neatly recalls his early years as a maker of distinctive deep house. Elsewhere you'll find a gently unfurling jazz version of "The Lizard" by Skalpel and a thoroughly blazed, out-there rendition of "Serpentine" by dub maestro Wrongtom.
Review: Tru Thoughts' Shapes series enters its tenth year with another wide-armed creative assault. Unifying the label's many members, tying the tethers between seemingly disparate genres, label founder Luis makes sense of the many amazing records they've signed in recent times. Flexing from icy, whimsical jungle (Jonny Faith's "Zheng") to warm, bubbly dub version science (Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77's "Medicine Chest") via squidgy synth boogie (J Felix's "101 Reasons") and the classic, gutsy soul of Alice Russell, it's yet another eclectic experience that focuses on the very best of modern, rooted music. Tru say.