In the mid '00s, Dan Lissvik caused the biggest waves in the Balearic pool with the now classic ‘West Coast’ album as Studio, and went on to score production points for the likes of A Mountain of One to Kylie. After somewhat of a hiatus, he makes a return and finds a suitable home amongst Smalltown Supersound with these three tracks of refined and sumptuously delivered disco-noir. Lush.
Progressive doyen Sasha returns with his first single in four years, and he makes sure it packs the requisite punch, with ‘Vapourspace’ reflecting his increasing willingness in recent years to embrace his trancier side. Though it simmers with lashings of techno, Sasha works mostly with pure progressive power here, the dark rumble of the bassline slowly swelling into the melodic boom that takes hold in the latter part of the track. Sasha isn’t afraid to unleash here, with ‘Vapourspace’ representing a peaktime indulgence.
As custodian of Sheffield's eminent warehouse venue Hope Works, Liam O'Shea wears his impeccable taste very much on his sleeve. The four tracks here for Never Learnt show, if further evidence were needed, that his recorded material is beyond reproach too. 'Apples' is a repetitive, string-laden expanse, like Pepe Bradock's benchmark for such things, 'Deep Burnt'. 'Schoolin'' with its loose, almost wild percussion is hefty party gear, but 'Take 2' takes it, a moody, shuffling masterstroke. Sterling work, this.
Existing on the hypereal peripheries of grime, Mr Mitch and his Gobstopper label continue to flex. And this two-track EP is a superb example of coming different. ‘Human Error’ is a sloppy, drugged-up episode. ‘She Was Loved’ is like James Blake on Prozac. I like.