Midland’s production work has gotten meatier lately — as his recent outings on his own Graded and the Phonica White series have proven. He’s always been adept at balance though — like he’s never gotten too fucked up wild with it. But in ensuring that even the nastiest of sounds are proper in the mix he produces tunes like ‘Reflex’, tracks that’d get blackout drunk and offend your girlfriend if he ever let them off the leash.
Expanding at a roughly exponential release rate over his four-year production lifetime, the timing of John Dopping’s debut ‘Words In Colour’ album is prime. This is the fourth and last sampler from it. ‘Dissociate’ and the title track are both John’s thrill-filled Goa-meets-psy-meets tech-progressive model, endlessly listenable and danceable, while ‘Malady’ is a sumptuously toned and arranged chillout piece. If these appeal, the album is almost certainly for you.
Part EP, part LP, part mini-mix?! It’s a curious little nugget this. Suffice to say, it’s too good to let it slip by unmentioned. In essence then, what we have is a whistle-stop tour of French electronic pioneer Bernard Szajner's 1979 — soon to be re-issued — concept album (based around Frank Herbert’s cult Dune Trilogy.) Expect therefore the usual mix of breaks, beats and left-of-centre, psych oddities. Support from Dan Snaith, Carl Craig, Optimo and Prins Thomas.
Waverider is back with a bang after a break away from releases with this big vocal hit, very much on the same tip as his past releases, very catchy festival music.