The typically packed Owain's Lagoon EP marks the final chapter in Crow Castle Cuts hugely enjoyable series which have touched on all corners of the techno and house spectrum. Luv Jam maintains his 100% appearance record on the series, opening up with "Turnipple" a sublime dusty house production that sets the tone nicely, with Schmitt Finger's "Bethsedia Bison" offering slightly more punch whilst still resolutely deep in its approach. Mr Tophat & Adam Stromstedt go star gazing on the expansive analogue cosmiche of "Tingeling," whilst "Valley Crucis Radio Party" demonstrates Cy in equally esoteric mood.
San Soda, Luv Jam and the wonderfully named Schmitt Trigger team up for the King Elisedd EP on Crow Classic Cuts. We Play House starlet San Soda opens up with the understated euphoria of "Do It Like This", all pleasing late night chords, swirling synths and barely-there vocal cuts. It's one of his oldest tracks, and those who have witnessed a FCL or San Soda set in the past four years will know it well and no doubt be delighted to see it appears on digital. Then Luv Jam, who lays down reverberating chords and a ridiculously good bass line on "Fairytale Melody". It's stripped back, raw business that will please fans of Levon Vincent and the like. Finally, it's left to Schmitt Trigger on "Speichreich" to bathe a granite hard kick in white noise swooshes and deftly arranged clicks and clacks for a late night jam that strays cheekily into techno territory.
A change in the regular modus operandi for Crow Castle Cuts here as the excellent label introducer the CCCRAW series; tracks from the CCC archives are reworked in a live and raw fashion from a stellar cast of outsiders in Marquis Hawkes, In Fields and Zoovox. Hawkes is up first, paying homage to the label that's served him so well on a tuff 'Dixon Avenue Basement Jam mix of "Falcon Pass" by Studio Swiss - killer wubwub bassline on this one. London duo In Fields turn in a typically hypnotic acid drone 'Nip Replacement' version of Flypost's "Niple" whilst Lectric Sands duo Zoovox go all proto house on their excellent remix of Luv Jam's CCC classic "Romeo". Finally, Burek's rising talent Gnork lends the release some considered deep house caress with a 'First Bison In Space" rework of Schmitt Trigger's "Bethesda Bison".
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