2020 Vision mastermind and 'king in the north' (as far as house music goes), Ralph Lawson busts loose for Jonny White's No. 19 with a moody, unctuous houser, co-produced by long-time cohort and Random Factor mastermind Carl Finlow, and Italian stallion Tuccillo. There's a wealth of mixes and dubs to choose from, but the 2020 Vision remix is stunning, with echoes of Round Two's seminal 'New Day', with all its pulsing, fuzzy synths. The piano-flecked vocal is no slouch either.
The third release from the mysterious Shoebox is superb, let's not mince words. And its whole mysterious vibe only serves to make it more exciting, so well done there. There was a twisted-up disco feel to the previous releases, where 'Electric Blue' — the track 'Blue Heat' in particular — aims for ethereal house, while 'In Between States' is an unsettling dub for the dark dancefloors. 'The World of Aquarius', with its rattling hats will have you yearning for a Croatian beach to go all Balearic on. Larry Heard is a fan, so maybe that's all you need to know.
Agoria’s latest single is a brooding and soulful affair, its piano and string samples gifting it a certain earthy charm. Explore the B-side though and you’ll find something even more extravagant, with DJ Tennis, Luke Jenner and Agoria himself delivering a rework that boosts the melodic elements, adds a stunning new vocal and launches the original into dizzying new emotional altitudes. An already great record becomes something even more spectacular.
Never a label to churn out the same old stuff, Terrorhythm releases material that often exists on the fringes. Denver resident, Gunkst, personifies this perfectly, delivering a kinetic blend of classic American EDM with plenty of trap and footwork notes, but with blurs of dubstep and some nicely leftfield vibrations.