Review: Keeping the London-based deep house sound alive and well is one Kempston Hardwick, a producer still wet behind the ears thanks to a deuce of debut records for Lobster Theremin and SITU Records. Keeping on that tip is a third release for Distant Horizons that sees KH throw down some power house chords and Chicago keys in "Roxy's Party" next to some stripped back rhythm tracks in "Cascade" and the percussive, vocal chants of "Leonila". And for that classic touch of UKG beit US garage, "Step With Me" fills in any blanks. Future classic UK house for the archives.
Review: Bouncy, peak-time-ready blends of deep house and UK garage are the focus of former clipp.art and Running Out of Steam artist M4A4's first EP for the fast-rising Distant Horizons label. For proof, check excellent opener 'Avera', where jaunty synth stabs combine well with wobbly analogue bass and skipping drums, and the cut-up vocal snippets, driving drums and woozy chords of 'Sunriser'. Even more wedded to UKG's champagne-fuelled past is deep two-step number 'She', which features Todd Edwards style female vocal chops and rich Rhodes chords, while 'New City' sounds like a long lost, late '90s Chez Damier/Ron Trent production. Rock solid!
Review: Making its way inland is a new label from the Lobster Theremin magnate called Distant Horizons, launched this year with Tom Jarmey's Amber Glass LP. Next up on the freshly minted platform is Sneaky Social Club mainstay Chavinski with a heavily house and discofied five-track EP infected with tinges of dub, bass culture and splashes of UKG. For your disco tip head straight to tracks like "Fantasy" and "Rushin" that bring back to life the Rush Hour Amsterdam house sound of the 2010s, with "Hit The Way" delving deeper into post-dubstep and sub-pop sounds. Calm and stormy two step with UKG sentimentality and heavier basslines hover and hum under lighter, inspiring tones in "Baby" whereas "Buy A Dream" treads into percussive, intelligent dub techno territory ala Mark Fell as Sensate Focus.