Review: Various Artists – ARG 104 (Alumni Records Glasgow) // House

Alumni Records returns with their latest EP featuring four tracks from DJ Oakland, Lifecoach, Drew Miller and Meraki. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to a quartet of delectable cuts ranging from electronica to house.

Glasgow’s Alumni Records returns with ARG104 – the fourth in their series of recordings that showcases the talents of students at subSine, also known as the Academy of Electronic Music. The latest installment in the series, released on October 28th, features a quartet of impressive solo productions from the former Shoogle Studios imprint.

First up we have DJ Oakland, who gets things moving with the acid-flecked Pier Jam. The track kicks off with a breathy vocal – “Seduction” – before lush, lilting keys marry up perfectly with a neat 303-style bassline and a relaxed breakbeat playfully dominates the top end of the mix.

This takes us nicely into LIFECOACH‘s track, Things You Do, which takes on a more 4/4 structure. Synth and percs open the track up nicely, before a bass guitar comes into the fray. Flute flourishes and horn refrains dance around each other. Dreamy!

Drew Miller (whose name you may recognise from our previous reviews, namely those of Gibbon Records and Astir) brings us a retro-infused production with Moon Bugs. This is the most vocal-infused track out of the four, with soulful snippets firing off over the organ pattern, while a jazzy bassline underpins the track and more flute maintains the jazz sensibilities of the track and gives it a light-hearted edge.

Meraki closes the package out with Vexed. This is a proggy little number which builds nicely at the start with treble-heavy percussion, before the break introduces a vocal sample and a bulbous bass kicks in to take us into the ‘track proper’. Swirling pads rise up through the mix like tendrils of incense while the synth arpeggiates, ebbing and flowing throughout.

Fans of the likes of PBR StreetgangGolden Fleece, and Casino Times will certainly enjoy this production as much as we did. Grab your copy, here.


Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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