Having first made an impression via a couple of chugging disco reworks on Common Edit, Khotin has spent the last couple of years delving deeper into the world of analogue-rich deep house, ambient and electronica. Here he continues this trend, returning to 1080p for the first time in two years. Naturally, it's a woozy, dreamy and occasionally intergalactic affair, with the Canadian producer doffing a cap to early '90s IDM ("Recycle (Drift Mix)"), acid-flecked dreaminess ("Human Voice"), and undulating, Mood Hut-ish deepness ("Recycle (5AM Reflection Mix)"). Best of all, though, is "Baikal Acid", which somehow manages to draw all these strands together on one picturesque, clattering gem.
Suitably refreshed after a post New Year breather, Canadian cosmonaut Dylan Khotin-Foot grabs a tasty "Aloe Drink" and throws his lot in with Public Release. There's much to enjoy on the producer's first EP of the year, not least the impeccably deep and dreamy brilliance of title track "Aloe Drink", where near horizontal chords, distant vocal samples and tropical noises gently rise above a killer, bongo-laden deep house groove. Japanese Balearic scene stalwarts Force of Nature deliver a looser and drowsier interpretation featuring a superb new synth bassline, before Khotin delivers a killer chunk of dub house dreaminess in the shape of EP standout "Friend". Finally, "Strange Plant" is a deliciously psychedelic fusion of swirling deep house dreaminess, jacking Chicago style drums and wonky, mind-altering electronics.