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14 Mar 11
Review: Atmospheric Existence Recordings keep up their annual release rate with label boss Miles Sagnia inviting 1Dan and Bittersuite to join him on only the third release. Newcomer 1Dan opens proceedings with the sprawling soft machine funk flex of "Foundations", a track driven by gutter deep bass movements, steppy syncopation and rich sonic textures that no doubt helped influence the title of the EP. Bittersuite then step forward with the upwards acid dub pressure of "Squeeze In" which steadily accrues an acidic overtone before a delightful left turn into a futuristic mechano soul rhythmic thrust. It's left to Sagnia to provide the final moment with the tightly relentless throb of "Can We Heal Them" that slowly reveals its inner acid brilliance.
25 Aug 11
Review: Aybee is one of those rare few that has managed to conquer a range of styles within his work from soul, techno, house and hip-hop under his many monikers. This time we see the artist team up with Miles Sagnia for two cuts each on the Eternal Radiance EP on Sagnia's Atmospheric Existence imprint. First, Aybee serves up "A Glance" which oozes with classic US house charm. Acoustic piano chords and are layered on top of a chugging bassline and electronic melody, tightly produced and melting in its warmth. "Isis" gets heavier with a more underground vibe of crashing echoes and tinny drum arrangements. Up next, Sagnia's "Journey 2 Forever" fuses multi-tracked choral chants, the impeccable sound of the Hammond and a rapid techy groove. His Visual Foci Reprise of "Journey 2 Forever" ditches the chants, instead opting for a sensual male vocal.
03 Sep 12
Review: Miles Sagnia's Atmospheric Existence label is a source of constant frustration for those who believe that quality deep house music is hard to find. The label's releases are never less than excellent, yet they're extremely infrequent - once or twice a year, if that. This second volume of the occasional Refined Textures series is another superb release. Throughout, there's a hint of classic Detroit futurism mixed with the emotion-rich compositional skills of Larry Heard. Both influences are strong on Bittersuite's spacious and evocative "Rituals", while Life Recorder's "Better With You" is even more intergalactic in its far-sighted approach. Sagnia and Paramthea's contributions are more obviously dancefloor-focused, but both are dripping with futurist charm.
22 Nov 10
Review: Miles Sagnia, who already has a release on Keith Worthy’s esteemed Aesthetic Audio label under his belt, continues to explore the more melodic end of deep house on the Astrobiological Funk EP for Ornate Music. Acid squiggles underpin pleasant piano stabs and vocal snatches on "Interplanetary Visitors", a track steeped in oven warm Detroitisms. Flip over for "Bounce Theory" which got Juno pulses races thanks to its deeply submerged vocal groans and beefy drums, while "Twilight" closes out a fine release with a gentle shuffling rhythm.
14 Feb 11
Review: German label Great Stuff's championing of sun-kissed house music continues on "Fly With Me". A good time Balearic groove full of breathy vocals and underpinned by an irresistible bassline, it's hard not to imagine it becoming an Ibizan staple. Great Stuff's choice of remixers is also astute and will appeal to a variety of tastes. The Filthy Rich and Nicole Moudaber takes are rolling, disco-led house grooves aimed at mainstream DJs, while the Dirty Doering version, with its deft cut-ups and gypsy violin-sampling, is suitable for minimal DJs. Best of all though is the Giac Le Groove remix, based on hardcore breaks and ravey stabs.
29 Apr 13
Review: The Atmospheric Existence label puts quality before quantity; therefore a new release from Miles Sagnia's operation is always something deep house enthusiasts should cast their sensory receptors over. Their first release of 2013 sees Sagnia feature alongside Thug Records artist Jacksonville and the mysterious Tales Ov Rossi for the Altitude EP. Label boss in call shotgun shock! Sagnia takes the lead with the wonderfully inventive "Alchemy" which drops a singular 303 tone intermittently between a hurried array of broken house and rushing chords; the results sound remarkably refreshing. Alongside it, Jacksonville is in full on star gaze house mode with "Tokyo" whilst Tales Ov Rossi 's "Flatpress" takes proceedings a whole lot deeper on the virtual flip.