Review: The first missive from freshly minted Spanish label Tribe is a multi-artist affair, with a quartet of producers serving up some seriously good material. Barson kicks things off via the psychedelic acid lines, bustling TR-909 drums and early LFO mannerisms of "Inertia", before self-styled "ageing B-boy" Freddy Fresh surprises with a stomping, bass-heavy chunk of early '90s techno. Over on side B, Artes impresses via the dreamy but energetic techno-funk of "Chromatic Life", while Sheffield-based John Shima steals the show with a killer slab of intergalactic Motor City techno with distinctive ambient influences.
Review: The revered Halal Prepared series on boe extends to its fourth volume with four new acts fresh to the label. Hotly tipped duo, Invisible Menders, made up of outstanding DJ Jane Fitz and thus far underrated producer Dom Ahtuam contribute a stunning Balearic bass-heavy house cut "Fifth Time Lucky". Fresh from his solo EP, John Shima slots in a deep techno workout "Thought Wave". Toby Tobias of Rekids fame pumps out some raw basement lofi vibes with his jacker "Sword Art Arcade" and rounding off the EP on a delicate note is Tim Smith's soft and melodic 707 jam "Graphene".
Review: Having served for eight years as one of the most dependable outlets for deep, thought provoking house in the UK, Boe Recordings recently announced its plans to shut up shop, and it does so in style. Calling on regular artists as well as fresh talent, it's a perfect swansong that demonstrates just how much quality is to be found in the Boe back catalogue. Leif's "That Ice Cream Tune" is a hypnagogic slice of broken beat, while label boss Ben Boe gets into a dreamy 2-step state of mind. That's just the tip of the iceberg on this flawless double-pack from a label that will be sorely missed.
Review: The crew behind the Clut label has put together a fine debut EP here. It offers up a quartet of cuts from techno and electro producers renowned for the warm, melodious and emotive nature of their sound. To our ears, the best track comes from Riccardo Rizza, whose EP-closing "Mars" is a fine fusion of rolling tech-funk grooves, spacey chords and life-affirming, B12 style melodies. That said, John Shima's similarly-minded - and arguably even more positive - "Circulate" pushes it close, while Odracir's analogue bass-propelled bleep-out "Set" and Alec Falconer and Rob Amboule's wonderfully deep "Clarkspin" push it mighty close.
Review: Given that this compilation style EP from Emotions Electric features music from noted contemporary futurists John Shima, Reedale Rise and Derek Carr, we'd expect the resultant material to be rather special. It is, of course, with Reedale Rise's "Larial" - an evocative, fluid education in the possibilities of deep and melodious electro - brilliantly setting the scene. Zuelta's "Where" sits somewhere between delay-laden proto-house, early Chicago deep house and blissful deep techno, while Carr's "Outer Rim Project" sounds like a long lost relic of the first wave of Detroit techno. As for John Shima's "Programmed Reality", it's one of the most intensely beautiful and emotion-rich hybrid electro/techno tunes we've heard in a very long time.
Review: Rising star and all round nice guy John Shima has gone on record as saying it was a dream to work with B12 man Steven Rutter, whose work from the early 1990s onwards has been a constant source of inspiration. Predictably, the duo's first collaborative EP is something of a far-sighted, intergalactic treat. Opener "Skywards" sets the tone, wrapping melancholic chords, poignant melodies, rumbling bass and deep space electronics around a soft-focus IDM beat. There's a classic "Artificial Intelligence"-era deep electro feel about the similarly beautiful and melodious "Broken Spell", while "A New Day" pulses and throbs impressively via the use of a stabbing but spacey bassline and shimmering chords. Closer "Disjointed Route", a slow motion but intensely picturesque affair, is also sublime.
Review: Quickly becoming one to watch in the techno circles, John Shima is making waves with his fresh approach to that classic Detroit sound. His contribution for boe is nothing short of a stunning representation of underground electronic music.
Prototype is a sonic ode to industry: blueprinted in the motor city and forged in Sheffield. It's heads down for the dance floor with shimmering metallic overtones and a side order of robot jack.
Ancient Skies points more towards Chicago stylings capturing the melancholy party vibe of early Cajual records with crystal clear production skills and neat arrangements.
Transducer is groovy experimental techno that could have easily sat on the much-revered Objet D'Art. It's electronic music that will stand the test of time.
Rounding off the EP in fine style is True Distance. A stunning ambient piece with deep pads and swirling melodies that complement and round of the EP perfectly.
Review: John Shima is a prolific electronic music producer. He has a sound maybe best described as futuristic & intelligent, with a hint of quarkiness at times. He brings true depth and emotion into his productions, usually illustrated by using spacey pads, electrofunk basslines and intelligent drum programming. This EP contains two tracks, carefully selected from his archive to compliment one another and to bring you his productions of highest quality.
Review: The UK's John Shima resides on the outer fringes of the techno scene; the artist has simply kept on delivering his own version of techno over the last 7 years, a dreamy and introspective sound that borrows the same ethereal energy from 90s producers like Convextion. He's back on Firescope with the beautifully cosmic waves of Elements Uknown, a four-track EP which opens with the bouncy, molecular bass line of "Elements", before heading into an even more cavernous stratosphere on the dubby "Symbols". The flip switches to a more lively, bubbly sequence of futuristic sonics through "Implant", whereas "Illiminate" dissolved all of that energy down to a sparse and aqueous wash of lazy beats and downtempo goodness. Fans of LTJ Bukem might find some inspiration in here. Solid and unmatched.
Review: John Shima has been quietly plying his trade in techno soul since 2010, shoring up on labels such as Boe Recordings, Contrast-Wax and FireScope. Now he inaugurates Distant Worlds with another fine clutch of introspective beats delivered with a classic early 90s feel. It's hard to ignore the influence of B12 on "Renegade", while "Machine Works" takes on a moodier tone without losing that inherent warmth that makes his music such a pleasure to listen to. "Veloc" reaches for a heavy-lidded euphoria, and then "Troglodytic" makes for the consummate B2 track by heading out into ambient pastures, showing off Shima's synth skills in fine style.
Review: A Landmark for Contrast-Wax as the label hits its 10th Release, with a solid 4 track EP, of Analogue, emotive Techno from the Sheffield Based, Modular tweaking, John Shima.
With previous releases on the likes of Boe Recordings, Common Dreams & Ferox, Johns signature of warm pads, punching kick drums & acidic vibes doesn't disappoint throughout this whole EP & he provides an absolute stellar release for the boutique label & a very welcome member to the Contrast-Wax Family
Review: John Shima's recent rise has been built on an uncanny ability to produce futurist electronic club music that's almost overpoweringly melodious. Or, to put it another way, the Sheffield producer makes high-grade tracks that simultaneously move the head, heart and feet. Shima's latest outing - his first for DMK - is another superb collection of cuts. Such is the quality, it's hard picking favourites, though we'd direct you towards the glistening, sun-bright melodies and snappy machine drums of "Din Sync", the contemporary clonk (look it up, kids) meets Detroit flex of "Rotary" and the technological sweetness of opener "Stealth". Recommended.
Review: More classic and emotive techno sounds from a Detroit/Sheffield state of mind, from the always impressive John Shima, following up great releases on Firescope and Instruction. His new offering courtesy on the recently returned Exalt imprint is "Discreet" - a sombre, bleep fuelled epic, with a subtle flourish of funk and backed by the trademark clang and clatter of classic Roland drum machines. On the flip, underrated legend Matthew Puffett aka Future Beat Alliance takes the track into deeper hi-tech soul territory on his awe-inspiring rendition.
Review: John Shima is a Sheffield based producer who has appeared on a variety of underground labels since 2010. More recently he has gained attention from his work with Arne Weinberg as Fatal Tangent and a great EP on B12's Firescope this year where he served up some early 90s style IDM in convincing fashion. On his new Contact EP, the title track's emotive hi-tech soul calls to mind the early '90s output of Richie Hawtin & John Acquaviva's seminal Plus 8 imprint, while bouncy B side cut "Motion" is equally indebted to Detroit's second wave aesthetic with its celestial synths and funky rhythms channeling some Jupiter style jazz in the process. Released on Roman imprint Instruction, which has previously presented works by Berlin's Yoshi, Chicago's Hakim Murphy and NYC's DJ Spider.
Review: We can think of few producers who are quite as capable of crafting timeless, emotive electronic music as John Shima - something that makes each of his releases a "must-check" for fans of far-sighted musical futurism. He's naturally in fine form on this surprise outing for Subwax's Excursions series, effortlessly moving between the emotive, melodic bliss of "Evergreen", where lilting lead lines spar with dreamy chords and a hybrid electro/deep sci-fi techno groove, the poignant, pitched-down deep electro beauty of "Moodswing", the deep space breakdowns and tactile chords of "Space Cadet", and the intergalactic electrofunk haziness of enveloping closing cut "Street Soul". Music for your head, heart and soul: don't sleep!
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Serenity is a new label geared towards raising money and awareness around mental health in the music industry. The label kicks off in fine style with the supple, expressive techno of John Shima and Mihail P offering up two tracks each. Shima takes the A side with the warm and bubbling synth expressions of "Seasons" before taking things in a more hypnotic direction on the ever-so-slightly trancey "Hunter Mind". Mihail P maintains a similar vintage techno sound palette, but pings for positive constellations with the jubilant "Momentum" before veering into blissful breakbeat on "Neon Hologarden".
Review: Given the UK's lust for non 4/4 dance music, it seems like a crying shame that we don't produce more electro labels on a constant basis. Luckily, Verdant Recordings and us are on the same wave-length, and the label have answered our wishes with a heavy debut EP from a mixed bag of new and interesting talent. Fatal Tangent member John Sima steps up first with "Omni", a glitchy, metallic slice of deep techo, while Semantica's excellent Plant43 verges into more traditional Detroit pathways with the supremely industrial "Light The Way". Mihail P's "Prismatic" launches an all-out attack thanks to a bubbling succession of bass shots and hazy synth waves, leaving Leigh Dickson's "Follow" to take the tempo down with "Follow", a majestic, cold-hearted, pseudo acid bombshell wound down to head-nodding levels.
Review: Illusion Recordings steadily built up a strong reputation from its inception in 2011, reaching for producers such as Garry Todd, Volta Cab and Acid Mondays to push an agenda of deep, forward thinking house and techno. After a few years break, the label is back with a bang, celebrating its tenth release with a bumper double pack featuring some big hitters. Keith Worthy, Norm Talley, Tommy Vicari Jr, Annie Errez, John Shima - these are all serious talents that can't be ignored, and they more than deliver to make Illusion's return a seismic one. If it's engrossing club-ready tackle you're after, look no further.