Manchester's Aficionado label passes on the blunt to Stratus. Self-professed purveyor of "warped soundtracks, fuzzed-out psychedelia and Balearic tendencies", it's hard to argue with him when you listen to this one. On the first side is "Axis" with its spaghetti western vibes spread out over a chilled out and funky break. "Oxwich" is utterly sublime and utilises the sounds of a dreamy acoustic guitar on this imaginary film score. "Solstice" is the blissed out trip-hop vibes of yesteryear, but executed pretty damn well. Finally "Tisno" with its nice bongo rhythms and boogie bassline over dreamy early eighties synth work is as good as anything Max Essa's done.
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