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.
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.
Life Recorder - "Better With You" - (6:50) 124 BPM
MIles Sagnia - "Gravitate" - (7:16) 122 BPM
Paramartha - "Sparticus" - (6:58) 120 BPM
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.
Review: If you're sick of winter and pining for sunnier times, this three-track blast of positive goodness from the Atmospheric Existence crew should help. Each of the three tracks offers a smile-inducing blast of audible sunshine. Japanese producer Tomi Chair sets the tone with "Sunstroke", a jazzy fusion of rolling drums, hissing cymbals and relentless feelgood pianos. Experienced studio boffin Simon Tappenden dons his Ourra guise on "Marine Morning", a Detroit techno-influenced trip into deep, spacious, sun-flecked house territory (think picturesque melodies and hypnotic rhythms). Finally, Miles Sagnia moves further towards Motor City futurism territory on the intoxicating, upbeat "Elements" - all darting synths, subtle acid tweakery and heady late night grooves.
Review: Apart from Ministry Of Sound and Fabric, the Late Night Tales crew is perhaps the best and most respected compilation series these days. Moreover, these guys have invited some of the biggest names in the game over the last fifteen years, a highly impressive catalogue which includes the likes of Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, AIR, Arctic Monkeys, Sly & Robbie, and many more of the same calibre. This September is Germany's Nils Frahm who takes care of the selection, and the DJ/producer serves up a gorgeously vast selection of sounds from around the globe and from all corners of time. Inside, you get shreds of house and techno from Four Tet and Nils Frahm himself, among others, but the mix explores much wider terrains; Miles Davis makes an appearance with the masterful "Concerto De Aranjuez", electronic dub maestros Rhythm & Sound join the party the timeless "Mango Drive", and even Nina Simone's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" gets selected. It's as excellent and compelling as you would expect from this sublime mix series. A class act.