Review: Outsider house specialist Sei A has delivered some of Aus Music's most potent releases of the last half-decade, including two fine albums. Universal Love, his first release of 2021, is also impressive. It sees the Glasgow-based artist shuffle between bleary-eyed, early morning house hypnotism ('Open Spaces', where Tangerine Dream style synthesizer lines and stirring chords bubble away atop a locked-in beat), heavily electronic dancefloor melancholia ('Balance'), ultra-wonky, sub-heavy minimalism (the crackling fuzziness of 'The Other Side Of'), spaced-out sunrise deep house ('Warm'), and rolling, warehouse-ready fare ('Universal Love', where spoken word vocals and tactile synth riffs catch the ear).
Review: Sei A aka Andy Graham follows 2016's Space in your Mind long player with this expansive project. Once again, he has chosen Aus as the outlet for his work, with Will Saul's label providing him with the platform to deliver his distinctive take on dance music. Underpinned by dream-like textures, Kinetic Action unravels at an unhurried pace; there's the layered ambience of "Random Rules"; the muggy, seductive break-beat led "Halo" and "High", a dubbed out house groove. Graham's production throughout the album is flawless, which allows him to move effortlessly between languid pieces like "Foundation" and more urgent, break beat tracks like "Forget Now".
Review: Since signing with Aus back in 2013, Andy Graham AKA Sei A has become one of the label's most reliable artists. Impressively, the "Moving Shadows EP" marks his eight release on the imprint since then, with four of those coming in the last 12 months. This time round, he's in a notably deep and melancholic mood. Check, for example, the hushed and hypnotic drums, distant breakers' yard sounds, whispered vocals and spaced-out electronics of "Moving Shadows", or for that matter the late night intensity of "Wolf Moon", a sparse, minimal house affair that's as atmospheric as they come. Sandwiched in between you'll find the slightly bolder "Patter", a chiming deep house roller that subtly offers audio nods towards Maurice Fulton and mid '80s NYC proto-house.
Review: Andy Graham - aka Sei A - returns to Aus Music, where he's become quite the stalwart of the London based imprint in the last few years. His new EP entitled Mode Static is best described by Will Saul & Co. as featuring three deep techno cruisers' and does exactly what it says on the tin. From the the banging main room assault that is the title track and its true warehouse vibe, through to the deep and ubby entrancer "Inter Spaced" and the fittingly titled "Tunnels" that draws you down into the vortex with its hypnotic vibe - this one's a right killer on offer here.
Review: Aus Music welcome the return of London based Glaswegian and label staple Andy Graham aka Sei A, following up from last years Holding EP and some great ones on Life & Death, Turbo and OFF Recordings. These dubby and atmospheric cuts are some of his best works yet. From the deep and aquatic aesthetic of the title track and its textured/hypnotic qualities, the uplifting and melodic tech-house of "Shapes" or the gripping dancefloor drama of "Mangle" featuring evocative strings and powerful chords - this one's a killer!
Space In Your Mind (DJ Tennis remix) - (8:14) 118 BPM
Space In Your Mind (DJ Tennis Miami dub) - (8:45) 118 BPM
Review: Glasgow's Sei A is back on Aus Music, which is no surprise to us as he's truly proven to be one of Will Saul's go to guys for surefire tech house grooves over the last few years. "Space In Your Mind" is the title track from his album released in early 2016 and is an absolutely gorgeous serving of ambient house with rich synth tapestries and Will Sampson's angelic vocals: just made for drifting! A track like this was just begging to be turned into a dark journey track, wasn't it? And who better to perform the job than Life & Death main man DJ Tennis who turns this into a bittersweet anthem that'll no doubt be played on many a rooftop this summer. He also turns in the "DJ Tennis Miami Dub" for those of you less keen on the vocals, keeping them to a minimum and working the suspense factor that bit more.
Review: "Ancestors" is one of the standout moments from outsider house fusionist Sei A's recent Space In Your Mind full length, his first album for Aus, and third in total. Featuring the fragile, heart-felt vocals of Will Samson, it simultaneously feels both icily distant, and strangely personal - a testament to the drowsy melancholy at the heart of Sei A's melancholic, tech-tinged deep house production. The accompanying Edward Remix is, if anything, even better. For starters, it makes the most of the original low-slung, analogue bassline, brilliantly combining it with a clicking, popping rhythm track, minor key electronics, and spine-tingling breakdowns.
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Review: To celebrate four years of releases, Hemlock, the label run by Untold and Jack Dunning presents Chapter One, a collection of label highlights and unreleased exclusives. Moving through the glittery funk-leaning post-dubstep of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake, through techno contributions from Sei A, Randomer and Guy Andrews, and bass hybrids from Pangaea and Joe, the selections on offer demonstrate why Hemlock has been ahead of the game since its inception. As well as the individual tracks, a continuous mix is also on offer, joining the dots between their diverse releases with style.