Lewis Boardman, long time resident at Yousef's Circus club night in Liverpool has only just quit his regular employment to devote his nine-to-five activities to house music. Bugger only knows why he's waited until now, on this evidence. 'Consistency', all percussive and bass-loaded, is one of those gear-shifting tracks, which in the space of six minutes has the power to turn a good party into a great one. 'Work On Me', meanwhile, has something of a Masters At Work dub vibe to it, but darker and a little more dangerous. 'Stones' has, well, stones. Big fat ones. Do give up the day job. Please.
Oh man, when your ears are as old as mine the incessant diet of deodorised-noise and digi-cleanliness so much modern hip-hop production gives you can grow exhausting — see this as a nice deep bath to get properly cleansed in, Maylay Sparks and Jeru the Damaja adding a few neat verses to DJC's jazzy loops and post-hardbop abstraction. These cats can really swing.
It's great to see so many new artists and alter egos releasing on this label, with the Subground sound picking up more momentum worldwide now, having carved its own sound. Now that house music is moving away from the harder sounds, this is here to stay! Featuring big room house melodies and heavy subby pounding drops, this will pick up plays from all the acts across this genre.
After only a few releases, the four producers who make up G.H.O.S.T have gained real respect from fans and peers. 'Syrup' is a deep and atmospheric roller with soft, floating pads and a mysterious air. The deadly bass is omnipresent throughout. Light waves lap in the background along with a dulled layer of smooth white noise, which make the clean crispness of the breaks and strings gleamingly obvious in comparison. A beautiful drop of dark liquid.