Mr Tea is Michael Devin, a veteran UK producer from Liverpool that now resides in San Francisco. Over the years, he has collaborated with legends such as Andrew Weatherall and Jagz Kooner and released on imprints such as Leftfield's Hard Hands, Engrave Ltd, Discotexas and Paper Recordings. His new full length comes courtesy of long running Offenbach based institution Connaisseur - who present Make Yourself At Home. It features nine offerings of sleek tech house grooves. From the moody bounce of dynamic opener "Schnick Schnack Schnuck", the sun-kissed melodicism of "Asking For a Friend" to the evocative/balearic-tinged ambient bliss of "Tears In The Sun", this is truly a cohesive effort.
Mr Tea is the alias for Michael Devin and on Asking, which is a taster for his debut album, he demonstrates why he is such a respected new producer. The title track revolves around crisp drum beats, a loose funk bass and organ playing that bring the listener on an epic voyage. Add in just the right amount of tripped out acid and you've got a proper cosmic arrangement. By contrast, "Syncing" is more stripped back and sees him focus on a jittery electro rhythm and squelchy bass. Connaisseur has also commissioned a number of remixes of the title track. Johannes Albert's club mix is a niggling, Chicago influenced jam, his disco version is low slung and suitably cosmic, while Shayde's take works the organs over a tight house groove.