Review: In the period since Lord of The isles first release on his Little Strong label back in 2011, the Scottish producer has graced all manner of impressive labels with his sumptuous, cross discipline styles, racking up credits for Tusk Wax, Firecracker, Ene, Shevchenko and Cocktail D'Amour. A second Little Strong release from the Lord is well overdue then and for fans of his productions Galaxy Near You is some of the best LOTI work to date. The brief opening gambit "Fey Folk" seems to be a soft rock number played in reverse with pensive results; it swiftly steps aside so that the Lord can lay down a wonderfully thick analogue mid tempo house groover in the shape of "Ossian's Hall" with the muggy bass and intricate percussion offset by the soaring leads that build to a captivating mid point crescendo. B side opener "Xatsiv" is a brief star gazing delight that adds an element of serenity which is expanded on with the swirling jazz techno epic "Nustron" - real cosmic Carl Craig vibes on this one!
Review: Having generally impressed everyone who heard his fromage free take on Tina Turner for Cole Medina's American Standard label, Scottish producer Lord Of The Isle serves further notice of his obvious potential on the Hot Blobs EP. Released via the Lord's own Little Strong imprint, there's an obvious reason why the A Side also lends its name as the EP title - it's really rather special! Sitting comfortably between classic Planet E techno and 80s soul chuggers, "Hot Blobs" squelches and bubbles in all the right places before riding towards the heavens for a gloriously shimmering finale. On the flip "Tell Your Soul" arises from the kaleidoscopic ether into a disjointed deep house rhythm befitting of a calmer moment on Mathematics whilst "This Way" splays jittering, subaqueous riffs over skittering rhythms and dirt encrusted splurges of sonic texture. A seriously impressive release from the Lord!