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Compilations - Issue 589

Back To Mine: Nightmares On Wax

Various

Back To Mine: Nightmares On Wax

Back To Mine
8.0
It’s surprising one of Leeds’ finest gifts to the musical world hasn’t already contributed to the planet’s best post-club-inspired mix series. Soulful hip-hop, sultry neo-R&B and general smoked-out beats are the scores he first gained recognition for, making this a somewhat inevitable and long-overdue meeting of minds. The wait proves worthwhile, opening with one of the North’s best current urban outfits, Children of Zeus, setting a laidback, if not downright lackadaisical, tone for things to build from. The tempo wastes little time in beginning to increase, mind, Bosq and Induce’s ‘Step Into Midnight’ emerging seamlessly but purposefully into preceding laziness, pianos creating a vibe that’s more sun-soaked than the 5am Sunday morning ethic that usually defines this series. From there it’s a case of sucking ears further and further into deeply amore-ish rhythms that veer from broken future soul to slo-mo cosmic disco, poolside house and deep, woozy fours as sights are set on a finale that’s as easy going as it is euphoric. Perhaps not in the upper echelons of Back To Mine’s landmarks, nevertheless if yours sounded like this as nonsensical twilight turned to dawn few would be complaining.
Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
Graeme Park Presents Long Live House Vol 01: 1980s

Various

Graeme Park Presents Long Live House Vol 01: 1980s

Warner

House work
9.0
If house is a feeling, Graeme Park knows what it is. Resident at The Haçienda, this compilation draw together favourite tracks from 1985 to 1989. It’s littered with classics like Sha-lor’s sublime ‘I’m In Love’ and The IT’s plaintive ‘Donnie’, alongside lesser-known jackers, like Peter Black’s ‘How Far I Go (Acid)’, which capture the joyous energy of the time. What’s also apparent are gems that today would be labelled techno: the sinister strings of Rhythim Is Rhythim’s ‘Nude Photo’ virtually define the early sound of the Motor City, while Reese & Santonio’s ‘Bounce Your Body To The Box (Power Hit Mix)’ reflects the industrial pump of its hometown. Add early UK house hits, like Annette’s alluring ‘Dream 17’, and some freestyle, with The Beat Club’s darkly sexy ‘Security (Midnight Club Mix)’, and you have a genuine time capsule from someone who really does remember house before it was house.
Joe Roberts
James Heather - Reworks

James Heather

Reworks

Ahead Of Our Time

Close companion
8.0
Released last year, contemporary pianist James Heather’s ‘Stories From Far Away On Piano’ is a fragile, arresting body of work in the vein of Max Richter and Nils Frahm. Such is the calibre of those sparse tracks that a remix album is a curious step; can any of these fresh interpretations eclipse the originals? The short answer is no, but the wildly varying approaches make for a fascinating listen nonetheless. Brooding and atmospheric, Aparde steers ‘Biomes’ into more beat-driven territory, while DJ Seinfeld demonstrates an unexpected and delicate touch on ‘MHope’, a beautiful, swelling six minutes that sounds plucked from a moody film soundtrack. Sarah Davachi’s ‘Bad Role Model’ rework and Chihei Hatakeyama’s channeling of ‘Blueprint’, too, feel particularly cinematic in scope, somehow remaining subtle yet devastating in understatement. A worthy, intriguing companion piece to a stunning record.
Lee Wakefield