Review: The full impact team behind Auslander count Wax'o Paradiso resident Andy Hart, 'Melbourne's number one party boy' Tom Lally and Fantastic Man among their numbers. Their self-titled debut comes via Hart's own emergent Voyage label and features a triple hit of bristling eponymous electro mood setters. Hogging the A side, "Auslander" is quite the cosmic epic at seven minutes, intensity levels deftly rising and falling as the track progresses with some fine arpeggio work on display. On the flip, the "PM Dub" adds a bit of grit into the mix along with the expected delay, whilst the "First Contact" version opts for a widescreen new age panorama.
Review: Melbourne's Andy Hart is known for heading up the Voyage imprint, which over the last few years has pursued the many shades of deep house with releases by the likes of Harvey Sutherland, Urulu and Youandewan. Here he inaugurates his new Voyager sublabel, which sees a noticeable change of tune. On "Neutron Capture" he delivers a slow burning deep space transmission aboard the acid express, while the functional B side cut "Lftrr" is a dubby and hypnotic techno jam suited to heads-down moments in dank warehouse spaces. If this is a sign of things to come for Hart's new outlet, expect a string of club ready and dancefloor orientated cuts.
Review: Having contributed a track to the split 12" that announced Voyage Records, founder Andy Hart has since largely focussed on building the label through some canny A&Ring that's seen singles from the likes of Harvey Sutherland, M5K and Urulu. There was the introduction of Hart's Auslander project with Tom Lalley and Fantastic Man in the label's 2015 output too, but the recently-settled Berlin resident hasn't offered up any solo output in some time! Which makes the clutch of brushed deep house burners that feature on this Mistress of your Mind 12" most welcome indeed Andy. There are hints that Hart's new surrounds and regular gigs in Berlin are starting to bleed through into his productions - see the heat-treated "Sorayama's Mistress" and full throttle percussive onslaught of "Vienen." It's a development we wholeheartedly approve of!
Review: Its early days for M5K, and equally Voyager Recordings is slowly emerging with a particular style, but already the future looks rosy for both artist and label on the strength of this synth soaked release. "Sassy Typhoon" comes on like Space Dimension Controller, before "Marcy Ave Parlay" and "Ford Capri" ramp up the Moog basslines and let the 80s electro funk shine through in a classy house framework. IMYRMIND drops a bugging remix of "Ford Capri" for all the wonky beat heads out there, and then M5K rounds the EP with the peppy strut of "No Time For Sheisty Types" and the low-slung breeze of "Rockaway Beach".
Review: Melbourne's Rory McPike wears many hats: whether it be Bleekman, Dan White or Pickleman - he certainly proves there's much diversity within his sonic repertoire. By comparison, his Rings Around Saturn alias hones in on his ambient and IDM influences, as heard previously on full length releases for Hidden Waves, Rhythm Works and Indole. Taking his bow on Voyage, we hear McPike venture into deep and introspective territory on the "Circling Architecture", featuring tracks such as "Engineered Ruins" with its intergalactic broken beat hypnotism reminiscent of Peacefrog's seminal back catalogue, the emotive "Decompression" coated with the aesthetic of Aphex Twin, and the slo-mo techno of closer "The Edgelands" which crosses into a deep and introspective territory that would work as well on the dancefloor as it would in the armchair.
Review: Melbournian producer Katie Campbell has turned a few heads since donning the Roza Terenzi alias last year. She's yet to put out a duff release and this latest excursion - her first for Aussie label Voyage - is every bit as alluring as its predecessors. Check, for example, the rubbery deep house funk of opener "Weakest Link", where far-sighted bleep melodies and alien synths dance gently above an elastic groove, or the far-out late night hustle of analogue-rich workout "Seminyak Dream", which sounds like the Mood Hut crew making 1990 bleep techno. The EP also boasts a luscious slab of dusty deepness (the wonderfully spacey "Lill's Dream") and a bustling, sub-bass heavy tweak of "Weakest Link" by regular Campbell collaborator D. Tiffany.
Review: Those who heard Harvey Sutherland's excellent debut EP for Echovolt, Edges EP, will be familiar with his trademark sound - a toasty, analogue style take on deep house marked out by jazz-funk chord progressions, warming synthesizer melodies and shuffling grooves. He changes the script a little on this EP for Voyage Recordings, though there's still plenty of seductive deep house to enjoy (most notably opener "Oscillate" and the Inskwel style, boogie-influenced loveliness of "Bamboo"). Where the EP really comes into its own, though, is when he tries a different tack. "Old Wars" sounds like Moon B's electrofunk explorations wrapped in a snuggly duvet, while "Close Quarters" successfully fixes Herbie Hancock style synth melodies to loose, cymbal heavy beats.
Review: Berlin dwelling Los Angeleno Urulu is back on another EP chock full off smooth deep house grooves after releases on Exploited, Dirt Crew and Let's Play House. "Night Tube" is rolling late night business with rusty rhythms and some serious rumble in the bass. "Orion" is a real highlight on this release; the kind of sultry, summery and feel-good house music reminiscent of John Beltran's excursions in house music. On the flip is the rusty retro business of "9045XY " which is pretty nice and closing things out with another Beltran influenced number on the emotive high-tech soul of "Lullaby".
Review: Scotsman in Berlin Ewan Smith aka Youandewan is back, after releases on the likes of 2nd Drop, Ornaments and Secretsundaze but this time for Australian label Voyage. Kicking off with some high tech soul in the form of "Ciel" traversing that same universe as Space Dimension Controller, he then gives us the emotive, slow-mo deep electro of "Vessel" featuring spacey pads, huge bass pulsations and dreamy melodies. Finally "Stranger (Glad Eye mix)" gets into some dusty, jazzy/soul business but still keeping that beautifully bittersweet melancholia intact like before. Watch out for his upcoming LP on the mighty AUS too!