Having previously impressed with a string of "jam house" 12"s on Philpot, Stuttgart producer Sebastian Lohse pops up on the ever-reliable Uncanny Valley with his first EP since 2009. It's a fascinating listen, offering a skewed take on house that's hard to accurately define. The epic "Desert Flight" is a fidgety, maudlin vision, all uncomfortable Chicago house rhythms, woozy atmospherics, odd bleeps and curious vocal samples. It's rather good, even if it does sound like house music beamed down from another dimension. "Amorphed Limits" sounds like early Orbital or Meat Beat Manifesto making jazz-influenced deep house, while "Beercase Song" is as loose and organic a concoction as you're likely to find on a house 12" - all simple organs, snappy jazz percussion and unlikely vocal samples.
There's something pleasingly calming about this EP from Philpot regular turned Uncanny Valley contributor Sebastian Lohse. While the EP's most impressive moment is arguably the sparse but deliciously melodic "Malstroem" - think starburst electronics, woozy chords and tactile analogue grooves - for the most part Atlantic Ocean is a warm and immersive affair. There's something suitably glassy-eyed about the near Balearic chords and breezy melodies of "Atlantic Ocean Road", while "FM For Life" pairs jaunty, Detroit-influenced bass and rolling rhythms with picturesque melodies. As for the guitar-flecked "Trocadero", you'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful deep house track this year.