The Waveform Transmitter‘s editor, Ste Knight, returns with a new selection of his favourite releases from the past week or so, featuring Overland, Bryan Chapman, and The Narcoleptic on singles/EPs, and Timmy Regisford on album of the week.
The past week-to-ten-days has proven fruitful, once again, in terms of the new releases that have landed across the sonic landscape. Generally, when there is such copious amounts of bounty on offer, I really struggle to whittle down my favourites when it comes to the Editor Selects column. However, this week it was relatively easy, as the productions I’ve rounded up here shone out, shoulders above their peers.
As usual, we have three EPs and one album that have made the cut for this edition of Editor Selects. So without further ado, lets see what we’ve got.
Overland Forever in Transit EP (Naive)
Opening track Anxiety starts off on a heavier tip, with industrial kicks embedded in a seething snake pit of dark, squirming acid. Virtuous takes on a more warehouse-y, acid techno vibe, with pulsating rhythms underpinned by a tremendous bassline from the little silver box – reminiscent of Hardfloor.
On the flip, the acid enters a more ethereal vein for the standout track on the EP. The 303 incorporated into this composition is nothing short of beautiful. Haunting, and rich in melancholy, Trance Dream is one of those tracks that generates arms-outstretched moments on any dancefloor as the sound whisks you clean out of the room and into an alternate dimension.
The closing track, Transit, is another exercise in low-slung electronica, as the crunching claps pierce through some tribal synth work, before the sound bursts open like a euphoric sunrise for the final third. This is a stunning EP, buy it.
Bryan Chapman Sila EP (Monotony)
The back end of 2018 saw Bryan Chapman release his debut album, 7 Shadows and Iron Lungs, on his own Monotony imprint. His Sila EP follows suit, with a four-tracker that stands firmly in the techno domain.
From the off, Gallus takes you firmly in Chapman‘s grip. Echoing beats rattle hypnotically over a driving kick, before a devilish synth rises in intensity to deliver a killer break. This segues us nicely into the equally mesmerising Aim Your Arrows at the Sun. Whether we are Bryan‘s arrows or not, he fires us onto an interstellar trajectory with track two, our soundtrack panning around the headspace in a most mesmerising fashion.
Headless Angels of Rotterdam is heavy on the bottom-end, with a thunderous kick and booming sub carrying aloft crackling clouds of static. This ushers in a wildly oscillating acid synth that drops in and out of the track, becoming muted one moment and then screaming into the conscious the next.
The last track, Hunza, seems to behave organically. The bass and lead synths dance in unison, with the lead reminding me of Aphex Twin‘s Digeridoo, in a tribal sense. The closer treats us to several peaks of intensity, ending the EP with messianic gusto. Get it, here.
The Narcoleptic Way Back EP
Underground Chicago house producer and DJ, The Narcoleptic, hits Cassy‘s brilliant Kwench Records with three tracks fresh outta the Windy City. If you are after a triple header of tasty house morsels, then this retro-dipped infusion should really get your earbuds zinging off in all directions.
The Dub Run of the title track, which opens the collection, is the kind of house music that really makes your neck snap. If anything was to be described as jacking, this is it; an ass-bouncin’ beat and pounding bassline giving this mix the kind of oomph that gets parties started. The Deep Run treats Way Back to a healthy dose of quintessential house organ, which evokes Innerzone Orchestra‘s Bug in the Bassbin.
The three-pack is rounded off with an energetic acid workout that crams a delightfully excitable bassline under some hi-NRG percussion. This is a peak time track if ever there was one, combining the 303 with some classic rave sample-ry to give those dancing muscles a serious dose of post-party jitters. I’d go mad to this shit in a club, and you would too, guaranteed. Grab it here.
Album of the Week
Timmy Regisford 7PM (Quantize Rcordings)
New York house producer, Timmy Regisford, heralds a return to the long-player with a sumptuous album, packed with delectable deep house that is guaranteed to yield genuine soul. Coming eight years post-At-the-Club, the album draws on the tropes of the sound, offering up several connotations that range from Big Apple Afro-house to significantly smokier jazz vibrations.
The skill of a producer lies in their ability to tell a story with their music, irrespective of genre. Regisford does this perfectly with 7PM, whether he is enlisting the heartfelt vocal embellishments of Tiger Wilson in album opener, Falling in Love, or taking on a more instrumental house vibe with the synth-drenched riff-out that is Rain Man. The album is rich in meaning and it is clear to the listener that Timmy has poured his soul into producing this record.
Felicia Graham layers her stirring delivery over two tracks; the epitomic deep-house of Smile, and the fluttering, disco-strung I Need You, and it is the use of soulful vocals on a number of the productions that makes this album stand out as a contemporary example of the classic house sound. Arnold Jarvis lends his talents to Lie to Me, a trip that no house-head is going to ever want to leave alone.
The album, too, has wonderful, cosmic moments, such as the other-worldly Mia Journey, that combines futuristic synth flourishes with string swells and a funky-as-hell drum pattern, or the mysticism incited by the captivating track, World.
This is an LP that I can safely say I will return to in the way I return to many of my favourite house albums. For me, it sits comfortably among deep house classics such as Theo Parrish‘s First Floor and Moodymann‘s Silentintroduction. Get a copy of the record, here.