Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Miles Atmospheric – Ascendance – Common Dreams

LO-FI schmo-fi. Perhaps it’s my age but I have absolutely no idea what the hype is with the much-discussed latest house genre nor DJs Boring and Seinfeld, Ross From Friends or The No. 137 Bus. Ok, so I made up the last one. But honestly, I don’t have a Scooby Doo what’s going on and have decided ignorant is in this case bliss.

Instead I will remain holed up safe and sound in my deep house and techno man cave. So praise the lord for fresh supplies from Common Dreams, sister label to the also very excellent Inner Shift.

It’s release number four for the Edinburgh-based imprint and the same deal as before: one artist, a track-a-side and beautifully done.

This time it’s the turn of Miles Atmospheric, the artist formerly known as Sagnia, who has won plenty of admirers in recent years with sterling efforts on the likes of Aesthetic Audio, Flyance, Ornate and his own tasty label Atmospheric Existence Recordings.

Side one cut Heal is all that is great about both the artist and label. It’s smart, thoughtful and emotional techno crafted with real love and care. Beautiful synth lines and the transcendental quality that envelops the entire piece offset the track’s loopy foundation handsomely.

Checking in on the flipside is Plight, an eight-minute flight of interweaving rhythm and melody. Less insistent than Heal perhaps though every inch as emotive, considered and, ultimately, rewarding. Uplifting and seriously-deep techno at its finest.

Pick up here.