Review: 2019 is proving to be a busy year for French deep techno producer Erell Ranson. With the Artificial Paradise 12" freshly dropped on Distant Worlds, he also steps up to Subconscious Algorithms to join Derek Carr and Norken in exploring genuinely interesting avenues of machine soul. There's an electro flavour to "Sensitive Person", and a subtle house pulse to "Who You Are & Who You Want To Be," while "Unthinkable Destiny" snaps with a sharply rendered rhythm underneath illustrious synth shapes. "Nothing To Do With Me" finishes the EP in a consistent style, making this a complete package with four refined jams for those who like their techno to hit in the solar plexus.
Review: Erell Ranson has got some serious credentials behind him. The French producer has been releasing music for over ten years, landing on a range of underground labels that more recently include Barba Records, Subwax Excursions and Nightflight. On this release for UK label Distant Worlds, he matches the vibe of label mates John Shima, Derek Carr et al with a gorgeous set of emotive, yearning techno reflections that call to mind the early UK scene pioneered by B12, Baby Ford and others. This is thoughtful, heartfelt stuff that works both as distinctive dancefloor material as well as intimate home listening fare.
Review: Remarkably, 18 years has past since Red Ember Records offered up the first installment in their "Deepsounds" series of multi-artist EPs. Volume five kicks off with "Relax", a warm and fuzzy chunk of head-nodding deep house hypnotism by Sauco and Prakash that boasts some raw analogue bass and oven-hot stabs. Erell Ranson goes even jazzier, deeper and more melodious on the superb "Beauty Of Sadness", while Frankie Soukal's "Polaroid" wraps spacey, dubbed-out and delay laden chords around a chunky groove. Arguably best of all though is Tominori Hosoya's luscious "2 Years Later", an ultra-deep, dreamy and positive cut that's twice as tactile as Play-Dough and infinitely tastier.