"House to hold on to summer with."
Not content with rewiring the Detroit techno code with Ike Release as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a killer analogue release. 'Has 1' is a driving, housey groove that gives way to eerie synths swooping in, while 'Has 2' sees him venture down a deeper route, back towards his Detroit techno sound. The highlight however is 'Silent Monk 2', a rough and raw percussive workout that centres on a searing bassline.
Daisy-cutting beats, zipline-ing synths, belching distortion and at least two monster moments more than your average — one of the current shining hopes for UK trance drops science here.
The talented Stephen Brown has changed direction since he returned to music-making. Gone are the hyper-kinetic rhythms of releases on Djax. Nowadays, he is more likely to be making the kind of reflective, bass-heavy grooves that feature on his latest Real Time release. ‘Micron’ features cinematic, textured soundscapes, but is lent some dancefloor bias thanks to its snappy percussion and nagging bassline. As its title suggests, ‘Swing Left’ is a swinging rhythm, full of jazzy nuances and sees Brown veer into the space once occupied by Ian O’Brien.