After Hakim Murphy and Ike Release inaugurated the Innerspace Halflife project earlier this year with a sublime debut on the former's Machining Dreams imprint - they now grace Aroy Dee's ever excellent MOS Deep label with a further enthralling journey. Even if the aforementioned Cosmology EP passed you by, you should be familiar enough with the respective solo endeavours of both producers to be suitably excited by "Wind". You won't be disappointed either, with the track unfurling from its icy origins into a monstrous arrangement dominated by the fluctuating acid bassline and razor sharp hi-hats, while the soaring chords that intermittently spread expansively over proceedings add brief moments of Utopian calm amid the relentless jacking pressure. This is complemented by a solo Ike Release cut in the shape of "Phazzled" which adopts a more atmospheric tone as ever present clouds of analogue fx add a hazy sensation to the strident drum programming and woozy chord arrangements - quite aptly described by MOS Deep as "classicist house with a future perspective".
Comprised of noted producers Hakim Murphy and Ike Release, the Innerspace Halflife project commenced in late 2011, and since then the duo have released a slew of records on labels like Syncrophone, MOS, Latency and Skudge White. Although not the only project in recent times to make music with an analogue hardware setup and live approach, they very much create music that evokes the spirit of classic house and techno without attempting to slavishly recreate it. Astral Traveling is the duo's debut album, which the label suggests is a conceptual experience inspired by the cosmos both real and imagined, containing "nine tunes straight from the universal psyche, yet articulated with the tools of human perception through waveforms". Cosmic concept aside, Astral Travelling is a seriously fine album, packed with the kind of lush detail most hardware techno producers can only dream of.