Last time out Kieron Ifill AKA K15 was sharing vinyl space with legendary British techno producer Mr G. This time round, he's back on a solo mission, laying down three deep and expansive tracks for the mighty Eglo Records. Opener "Sunbeams" is undoubtedly a slab of hazy summer sunshine, with Ifill encasing a jaunty samba groove in lilting Rhodes riffs and Kaidi Tatham style synthesizer solos. The influence of Tatham's Herbie Hancock-inspired approach can also be heard on the intergalactic jazz-funk positivity of "Sunbeams 3", while "Essencia" is deliciously woozy and glassy eyed, with yearning melodies and analogue synthesizer chords rising above skittish jazz drums.
Under the K15 alias, Kieran Ifill has been responsible for some wonderful deep, expansive and soulful music on Eglo, Wild Oats, Lo Recordings and WotNot Music. Here he returns to the latter for the first time in four years. He hits his stride straight away with "Be Glad You Create Anything", a sparkling, mid-tempo shuffler that wraps darting, Kaidi Tatham style jazz-funk synth motifs around loose and languid beats and a suitably warm and attractive bassline. Ifill's love of fluid piano lines, eyes-closed electronics and dreamy chords once again comes to the fore on 120 BPM deep bumper "Communion", before the producer treats us to the deliciously loved-up, poignant and sumptuous head-nodding bliss that is fine closer "You're Alive (There's Still Time)". In a word: superb
Lo Recordings has taken pride in exploring a wide and broad range of sounds. To mark 20 years of their imprint, they've taken a bold approach to their output, further exploring developments in electronic music today. As known users and fans of the MPC, both Mr. G and K15 were given the same samples dug out of the Lo Recordings archives to create a track which would showcase their techniques and methods. This then became the theme in a series of three releases to come out throughout the year from the pair. The legendary Colin McBean delivers the funk as always on his contribution "Navigate" where tribal rhythms face off with mesmerising chords and rolling bass; not to mention those crashing Mr. G hi-hat rides that are his trademark. K15's "The Guilt Within" goes for something deeper and emotive: geared more for the early evening or the chill-out alike, channeling the vibes of classic Larry Heard with its melancholic pad sweeps, immaculate rhythm programming and stylish Juno 106 bassline.
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