Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ben Boe - Leagues To Light Years - Boe Recordings

For those that know, Boe Recordings has been one of the tidiest labels on the modern house underground for more than eight years already. Inspired by Chicago and Detroit, owner Ben Boe (aka Ben Parkinson) runs a tight ship and has cherry-picked now-rated artists either early doors or even ahead of the game, respected talent such as KiNK, Kris Wadsworth, Leif and Perseus Traxx. 

His own productions have until now, however, been restricted to much-accomplished appearances on V/A releases on his own label, due in part to the man’s determination to get things just so. By his own admission, Parkinson is a bit of a perfectionist. But at long last he has reached the point at which he is comfortable in making what is, it must be said, an assured solo debut on the very excellent Leagues To Light Years EP.

It’s three tracks of superior-grade spaced-out deepness. Opening track Ganymede is a raw and bold journey that trips along with real purpose, burbling cosmic chords and swathes of shimmering intergalactic synths holding their own against the chunky kick and heavy vibe. 

DEEeep-r does, perhaps not unexpectedly, exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a journey of a slightly more gentle kind, the heavy bass cushioned to perfection, the sub-aqueous layers mesmerising and the chopped-up vocal incantation to “go deeper, stay longer” pushing home the message. It is a truly absorbing and classy track and one of the best heard round these parts so far this year.

Rounding off proceedings is Atomic Fuzz. Breakbeat in style and with a more intense and heavy feel than the rest of the EP, it rather neatly underlines Parkinson’s undoubted range and ability, as well as portend very well indeed for future output from the Yorkshire-born producer.

Check out:
Leagues To Light Years @ Juno

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