One of those tracks that lies in wait, doing not very much at all, before clocking you over the back of the head with one huge moment. When it comes, it's more than worth the wait.
If there’s a producer that deserves thorough revisitation, it’s Bay Area don Rasoul. For a decade, he did no wrong for the likes of Panhandle and Grayhound and thanks to Phil Weeks’ Robsoul imprint, we have two of his finest re-released. ‘True Science’ is incessant, a trippy masterpiece which drops deep jazz at the halfway point. ‘Rights Of Passage’, as SWAT with Kwai Le Chief and Nikola Baytala, is dark and delicious, tribal house of the highest order.
2013 was Jack Mumdance’s year, hands down, with huge releases on Tectonic and Keysound that pummelled the dancefloors across the globe. So whilst you’ll recognise the agitated machine swing of 'Its Peak' on the b-side, with its palette of weird scrapes, dystopian atmospheres and pneumatic drums, you’ll be most surprised by the melodious charms of 'Springtime', a mellifluously hazy tribute to the welcomed warmer months and, perhaps, a hint at a new sound for the producer?
Opening the score sheet for Solarstone's new imprint, a now conspicuously on-the-march Driftmoon locks his studio dial to pure trance. To be fair his output is already very much in the vicinity, but on 'Howl At the Moon' those keystone components come evermore accentuated. On his 'Retouch Mix' Solarstone adds his running/pummelling b-line hallmark and further beefs up the payoff. All in all, an impressive opener.