Review: Long-time Ibiza resident Steve Miller has been making sparkling, White Isle-inspired music - especially languid chill-out and Balearic fare - since the mid 1990s, though his productivity has naturally cooled a little in recent years. There's much to admire on his second Afterlife EP of 2022, from the sustained synth-strings, electronic marimba melodies, ultra-dreamy chords and tactile digi-dub grooves of title track 'Mother Nature Land', to the slow-motion, sunrise-ready ambient dub brilliant of 'Ibango Dub', a collaboration with fellow Ibiza resident Ken Fan. Sandwiched in between you'll find a glistening, afternoon-ready deep house mix of 'Rising Up' courtesy of pal James Bright, and the immersive textures, bubbly TB-303 acid lines and organic beats of 'Unity Gain'.
Review: Steve Miller's Subatomic label returns this week with a new one by the label chief under his Afterlife alias. The result is the deeply hypnotic tribal house of "Mahalo" which will entrance you from the first beat. Also included is the nu-disco journey "Sundrops" awash in a rich tapestry of sublime melodies, as well as the dramatic atmosphere of "Liberty Cap" underpinned by chilled, swing-infused beats, and closing it out with the poolside bliss of "Morning Dub" - the perfect sound of balearica served best before sunset.
Review: A veteran of the balearic scene, Steve Miller brought his Afterlife project to life in 1995 with a self-titled debut album. He is is back on his very own Subatomic label here with the deep sundown groove of "Rising Up", then things get slo-mo (and low slung) on the smooth heater "Casual Bungalow", while the rather evocative "Medicine Man" will mesmerise you with its celestial atmospherics. Plus, there's one more glimpse of the sunset, pina colada in hand, on the emotional closer "Way Out West".
Review: Under the Afterlife alias, Steve Miller (no, not that Steve Miller) has been making sun-kissed downtempo grooves and Balearic beats longer than many Juno Download customers have been alive. 2020 remarkably marks 25 years since his debut single hit stores, so Miller has decided to celebrate by offering up a new summer-themed EP. As you'd expect, there's much for weary minds and bodies to savour throughout, from the tactile, Italian dream house style soft-focus grooves and twinkling pianos of opener "Summer of Love", to the sax-laden ambient jazz bliss of "The Quiet" (featuring Tudor Moore), and the jaunty, kaleidoscopic dub-meets-electronica warmth of closing cut "Code Red".
Review: Epic summer balearic haze, blaze and beats amid a mirage of finely tuned melodies and 3D bass from Afterlife. Always at home on Subatomic, this is a most impressive Afterlife record yet! Combining Pantha Du Prince-like percussion with the hippy-ness of new age pan pipes in "Jolly Up", find thrumming 808 drum machine sequences that give maximum weight and pulse to the low end nostalgia and deep seated, dusty percussion funk in "Into The Heat". A quality EP of new age dub that should appeal to fans of Fantastic Man, Tornado Wallace and Running Back, with DJ Rocca's Dark Art mix to "Si Si Si" offering an ambient, broken beat, and exotic breaks alternative to this EP's thick island vibe. Get ya hammock!