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John Shima

Renegade EP

Distant Worlds
John Shima has been releasing classic deep techno for the past seven years, but ‘Renegade’ looks set to introduce him to a wider audience. Both the title track and ‘Veloc’ are fine, melodic techno grooves — the former reminiscent of Aril Brikha, the latter Kenny Larkin — and will have the most appeal. However, for a real insight into the UK producer’s talent, look beyond these undoubted dancefloor burners. The mysterious synths and metallic drums of 'Machine Works' and the late-night melancholy of 'Troglodytic' ensure this is a sublime, stellar release.
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