The perennially excellent Irish label Lunar Disko goes conceptual to celebrate the tenth release in a peerless discography, with regular contributor Automatic Tasty on board to "tell a tale through his machines of a lonely Wicklow field from dawn till dusk". Across this neat release the erstwhile Automatic Tasty works through various musical moods to successfully fit the imaginary periods. Thus the A Side draws on bright analogue textures amidst playful think break on "Field In The Morning" with the mood increasing in upbeat tone on "Field In The Afternoon". The flip slowly plunges towards the dusk the bubbling clouds of "Field In The Evening" while the mysterious acid-tinged "Field by Night" neatly leads us into the darkness.
This may well be the strongest release on Lunar Disko yet. Created by Wicklow-based producer Jonny Dillon, it moves from cheeky, Cassetteboy-ish sample silliness ("Keep Your Receipt") to glistening, "On"-era Aphex-ish electronica ("Small Hours") via a series of glistening, synth-laden jams. There's great beauty on show throughout, from the classic break and fluid synth combo of "Beannach Mhar", to the Italo-goes-IDM rush of "Over The Hill". Arguably the strongest cut, though, is "Tropic Exchange", which sounds like an unlikely hoedown between Global Communications, Orbital and Bottin. Like the rest of the release, it sounds simultaneously dated and gloriously fresh.