Liverpool-based producer Bantam Lions has long been part of the Scenery Records family, helping label boss ASOK launch the imprint with 2012's One To One EP. Here he returns with his third release for the label. Lead cut "Recollections" is particularly good, delivering a deep and attractive fusion of fuzzy analogue warm, dreamy melodies and intoxicating chords. He ups the tempo further on "Many Years Later". Which layers dubbed-out chords and swirling textures over an energy-packed techno groove. The accompanying remixes are pretty tasty, too, with The Cyclist particularly impressing with his Detroit techno-goes-lo-fi interpretation of "Recollections". That said, the dreamy, new age-influenced downtempo take from Mood Hut regular Cloudface is pretty darn good, too.
New label Scenery drops the debut EP from Bantam Lions which features two special remixes from John Heckle. "One To One" opens with piqued pan pipes, funky synths and subtle saxophones allowing John Heckle to bring the jack and analogue persuasion in his high energy remix. Shuffled hats, dusty scraps and spooked out rhodes make up "Control Tower Observations". John Heckles this time pitches down the original's rhodes, throwing in some extra claps to ensure his trademark percussion concussion drum programming is kept in tack.
In space, can anyone hear your orchestra? Well maybe Deep Space Orchestra know because they sound like they've taken a cosmic trip or two. "We Held On" has that rolling, late 80s Clink Street rave sound with lashings of spaced-out acidic squelches. "Arif" on the other hand is a linear jackin' thing with intense bongo samples and deep, swooping pads. Elsewhere Bantam Lions' retro-electro noodle-houser "No Going Back" gets a deep tom-tom heavy workover by Cottam. Proper house basically.
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