Ignorance Is Bliss (Healing Force Project remix) (8:10)
Love Lost (Musephased by Area) (13:06)
Review: When commissioning remixes, the best labels think outside the box. That's exactly what Firecracker's Lindsay Todd did when seeking out producers to rework tracks from Linkwood's excellent Expressions album. On this second 12" in an ongoing series, that faith has paid dividends. Whereas the original version of "Ignorance Is Bliss" was a warm, woozy, sun-kissed deep house affair, Healing Force Project has reinvented it as a stargazing chunk of 21st century space jazz, complete with twinkling chords, low-slung double bass and reverb-laden drum solos. The Musephased interpretation of "Love Lost" by Area sticks closer to the ultra-deep, melancholic vibe of Linkwood's original, but adds a frisson of excitement via bubbling, Detroit-influenced electronics and hypnotic rhythms.
Review: Next up with his take on the electro sound is Firecracker Recordings co-head Linkwood, who looks to Motor City greats like Drexciya and Japanese Telecom on the aquatic future-funk of "Fresh Gildans" which is quite majestic in all its soulful and bass driven feel. On the flip are two deeper and more introspective cuts, with the immersive "Solar Panel" going for a hypnotic ambient house vibe, or the sublime deep techno journey "Another Late Night" taking its cues respectfully from Detroit like on the previous side. Another great EP by this stalwart of the Scottish scene, which the label best describe themselves as designed for the dancefloor, the sofa and all points in between.
Review: Firecracker Recordings first Mac-talla Nan Creag release - a collaborative ambient and drone affair shot through with audible references to traditional Celtic music and ancient rituals - was something of a triumph, so it's little surprise to find that this follow-up is just as good. Producers Lord of the Isles, Hoch Ma Toc and Other Lands (AKA Fudge Fingas) have once again delivered the goods, serving up some sensational, otherworldly sounds inspired by an archeological dig on Ben Nevis. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the slowly unfurling brilliance of "Ballad Of Glen Nevis", a 17-minute epic full of delay-laden Celtic vocal harmonies, gentle pianos and out-there ambient refrains, but there's plenty of similarly inspired material to be found elsewhere on the set. Just give the clips a listen - you won't be disappointed.