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Manhattan Drive
HAWAII 012
27 Oct 17
Deep House
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Manhattan Drive - (7:28) 122 BPM
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Missionaires - (5:06) 120 BPM
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A Woman's Aura - (4:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cloud Dancin' - (8:15) 123 BPM
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First Hour
HAWAII 005
21 Oct 16
Techno
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First Hour - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Sunny Jam - (6:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bonheur - (5:57) 120 BPM
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The Meantime - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Mechta
HAWAII 011
08 Sep 17
Deep House
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Mechta - (5:31) 118 BPM
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Rue De Saintonge - (6:56) 120 BPM
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I Want To Be There - (6:08) 125 BPM
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Deuce - (5:27) 120 BPM
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Review: Having emerged just over a year ago, Adelaide's Vlad Gavrilov - AKA DJ Heure - has yet to make a duff move. Deep house polished with class and driven by weighty production; every dispatch has been gold so far. Including this return to Distant Hawaii; "Metcha" makes itself known with strange percussive slurs and woozy chords while "Rue De Saintonge" and "I Want To Be There" strut and twinkly with an illustrious deep 4/4. Finally we hit "Deuce". The most startling cut of the set thanks to its stark fracturism and epic cascades of cosmicity. O la la.
Sky Sanctuary
HAWAII 008
28 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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El Bombo - (6:47) 127 BPM
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Sky Sanctuary - (6:21) 123 BPM
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Midnight Forest - (7:27) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Tony Donson's first EP under the Dj Sonikku alias, Secret Island on Distant Hawaii, had us purring on its February 2016 release. Happily, this return to Lobster Theremin's cheery house offshoot is every bit as vibrant, colourful and playable. It sees him tick a few boxes along the way; check, for example, the throbbing Italo-disco style arpeggio lines, energetic, cowbell-laden beats, exotic melodies and jangly flamenco guitars of opener "El Bombo" and the revivalist positivity of "Sky Sanctuary", where fluttering synth melodies and humid electronic motifs cluster around a bouncy, late '80s style house groove. Arguably best of all, though, is closer "Midnight Forest", a sumptuous stroll through Italian dream house territory that's as wavy as it is endearingly positive.
Secret Island
HAWAII 002
16 Jan 16
Deep House
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Land Of Sky - (8:00) 126 BPM
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On The Rocks - (6:59) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Secret Island - (8:22) 120 BPM
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Review: Lobster Theremin's Distant Hawaii offshoot, launched earlier this year with a fine EP from Hidden Spheres, seems to have been designed to offer a colourful, vibrant alternative to its' parent label's dystopian techno. Certainly, the bubbly and deliciously positive fare served up here by debutant Tony "DJ Sonikku" Donson perfectly fits the bill. Apparently it was partly created using a Sega Megadrive, and there's definitely a 16-bit feel to the whistle-happy percussion, drawn-out chords and cheery melodies of "Secret Island". The other two tracks are equally Balearic in outlook, variously utilizing sampled slap-bass notes, synthesized steel drum melodies, classic New Jersey organs, and eyes-closed solos in a bid to squeeze maximum sun-drenched positivity from each moment.
Ebb Vibe
HAWAII 010
01 Sep 17
Deep House
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Ebb Vibe - (3:01) 149 BPM
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Vermillion - (5:04) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Down Around - (5:43) 79 BPM
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Stewing - (4:01) 145 BPM
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Simple In Spring - (5:37) 120 BPM
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Review: Chicago's Garrett David runs Stripped & Chewed with Adam Rowe and works at infamous local institution Gramaphone Records. He returns to Lobster Theremin sublabel Distant Hawaii with a five track EP of 'beach bronzed cinematic house, delivered in his trademark unhurried style.' The Smart Bar resident serves up "Vermillion" a very 808 State sounding classic jam from the acid house era and the equally retro sounding "Down Around" which is more on the Balearic vibe: by way of early Rhythim Is Rhythim. On the flip, the lush and mysterious ambient house journey "Stewing" soon leads into "Simple In Spring" which is probably the EP's finest moment and sounds like another lost tape from the early Transmat or Planet E catalogue.
Octagon Blues
HAWAII 004
19 Aug 16
Techno
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Octagon Blues - (6:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Power Up - (5:45) 123 BPM
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Remedy - (5:05) 120 BPM
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Healing Channel - (5:20) 120 BPM
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Review: Distant Hawaii, the wavy Lobster Theremin offshoot, seems like the perfect home for Garrett David's lighthearted strain of house music, and we are very impressed with the Smart Bar resident's development over his last three EPs. The Chicago DJ and producer drops a pulsating little bomb in the form of "Octagon Blues", but "Power Up" is what truly brings his Chicago roots through thanks to its funky, jazzed 'out sound that never goes anywhere near being cheesy. On the flip, "Remedy" is sunken and aqueous in shape and texture, whereas "Healing Channel" eradicates the beats and percussion in favour of warm, hollow chords that spew neatly onto an off-kilter beat with a broken house edge.
Waiting
HAWAII 001
24 Jul 15
Deep House
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Waiting - (6:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Upsn Down - (5:59) 120 BPM
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Be A Man - (5:10) 118 BPM
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Bill Loves You - (5:26) 106 BPM
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Review: ondon's irrepressible Lobster Theremin label launches its new offshoot, Distant Hawaii, with Moods & Grooves signee Hidden Spheres. The mood is summery and the vibes are housey; "Waiting" kicks things into motion with a pseudo tribal beat and some lovely deep house action, while "Upsn Downs" goes a little off-kilter thanks to its rattling percussion samples and sporadic beat. "Be A Man" enters the Detroit house territories thanks to its gorgeous pads and lo-fi vocal samples, and "Bill Loves You" chuck groovy jazz instrumentation over a slick groove.
By & Bye
HAWAII 007
24 Feb 17
Deep House
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~~~~~~ - (6:32) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beachy - (5:53) 120 BPM
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By & Bye - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Movin' - (3:51) 117 BPM
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Played by: Tomasz Guiddo
Review: Since contributing Distant Hawaii's debut release back in 2015, Tom 'Hidden Spheres' Harris has showcased his dusty, musically expansive take on deep house on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International imprint. On this return to Distant Hawaii, he infuses MPC-driven deep house grooves with elements borrowed from synth boogie, Italian deep house, and tropical jazz. There's plenty to get the juices flowing, from the fluid jazz breaks, tumbling pianos and layered synth doodles of the barely-titled opener, to the saucer-eyed bliss of dream house shuffler "By & Bye" and sun-baked warmth of "Beachy". Closer "Movin", a jazzy deep house outing blessed with some killer keys, is also superb.
Turn Your Love Around
HAWAII 009
26 May 17
Deep House
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Turn Your Love Around - (5:51) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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NY Vibration - (5:04) 123 BPM
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The Arps - (5:23) 124 BPM
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Moonlight Drive - (5:24) 122 BPM
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Played by: Corbi
Review: As spring begins to turn to summer, Distant Hawaii is already in full-on sunshine mode. You'll certainly struggle to find a more cheery, sun-kissed and positive house cut than "Turn Your Love Around", the cut that opens this label debut from recent L.P.C debutant Mood J. Based around samples from the well-known 1980s dancefloor jam (we'll not mention the source), it's as colourful a chunk of boogie-fuelled party house as you're likely to find. The smile-inducing positivity doesn't end there, either: check, for example, the Balearic arpeggio lines and warm dream house vibes of "The Arps", the glistening Balearic house tunefulness of "Moonlight Drive" (all rubbery bass, cascading melody lines and life-affirming chord progressions) and the smoky deep house dustiness of "NY Vibration".
You'll Understand
HAWAII 003
10 Feb 17
Deep House
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Talk To Me You'll Understand - (6:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gettin' It Done - (5:06) 127 BPM
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Bootman - (6:05) 115 BPM
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Review: With his 2015 debut EP for Breaker Breaker, London-based deep house misfit Ross From Friends made a seriously big impression. Much was made of his dusty, fidgety, lo-fi sound, and his penchant for jamming out tunes using outboard hardware. This belated follow-up for Lobster Theremin offshoot Distant Hawaii takes a similar approach, kicking off with the loved-up chord progressions, clattering drum machine percussion, redlined tape hiss and heart-aching vocal samples of "Talk To Me You'll Understand". "Gettin' It Done" is an altogether more positive and Balearic-minded trip into dusty deep house territory, while "Bootman" makes merry with mutilated '80s soul samples, hazy chords and fuzzy drums.
All The Reasons
HAWAII 006
24 Feb 17
Deep House
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All The Reasons - (4:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Around - (8:15) 125 BPM
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Yes He Is - (5:04) 120 BPM
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Blue Faces - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Review: The Nice, France based producer and live act William Montana aka Sweely has appeared previously on dtape and La Chinerie and now on Lobster Theremin sub label Distant Hawaii. On the All The Reasons EP, he starts out with the lush title track; a deep and dusty tribute to the Kenny Dixon Jr sound with sultry Rhodes, rusty rhythms and a hypnotic vocal refrain. "Around" is a more straight up affair, bouncy and jackin' around in loopy fashion like the best of Motor City Drum Ensemble's Raw Cuts series. On the flip, we've got "Yes He Is", geared more for the late night on this evocative and bittersweet number relying on dubbier elements while "Blue Faces" gets stuck right into the known LT vibe with its overdriven/tape saturated aesthetic. Retaining the sombre dubbed out sounds as heard previously but expressed in more more vividly emotive fashion.
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