Monday, 19 January 2015

Various Artists - Collective Continents - Inner Shift Music

New year, new faces at Inner Shift Music [ISM]. But what isn’t new is the label’s commitment to high-quality electronic music as their latest various artists release, Collective Continents, ably demonstrates.

With the owners 2DeepSoul [aka Brad Peterson and Rai Scott] taking a back-seat on this occasion, it’s left to their handpicked line-up of four more-than-capable debutants to keep the fires burning.

Deep house poster boy Jacksonville - straight outta Glasgow via Yorkshire these days - marks his label début with the kind of glorious, infectious and sparkling groover with a soupçon of the eighties that he’s been delivering for some time now on his own label Doppler. The impressive The City Sleeps is arguably Inner Shift’s most full-throttle offering to date yet still sits comfortably within the imprint’s carefully-crafted sound and mindset. So much so that Jacksonville has also landed a forthcoming solo EP with the excellent Edinburgh-based label.

California-based José Lau [Altered Moods/Deepselect/Downbeat] serves up another début to remember although his cut I Can Yet Love is much more chilled and languid, less frenetic than our friend Jacksonville‘s number, yet still seriously catchy and promising enough to suggest Lau too will return at some stage.

Recently unmasked as Owen Jay [Batti Batti/Underground Quality] and Natan H [ManMakeMusic/Ethereal Sound], Gauss make a first appearance on Inner Shift with Denormal, the kind of superior, obtuse and devilishly-brilliant techno that has graced their own label of the same name and ear-marked that imprint too as one to watch.

In-form Marco Nega, fresh from an ear-catching slot on the latest Batti Batti EP, shines here too with the gorgeous Night Hiker (Boost ‘N Time edit), a beautifully restrained and emotionally-charged synth-driven production that floats effortlessly from start to finish and brings the EP to a close with the gentlest of landings. Hit ‘buy’ immediately.

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