Review: Jacksonville has skirted around deeper corners of the electronic music landscape for over 10 years, landing on labels as varied as Thug, Hizou Deep Rooted Music and Inner Shift. He returns to the latter with some of his most refined work to date, leading in with the snaking programming of broken beat immersion heater "Machines Of Loving Grace" before turning up the intensity with the spiritual uplift of hi-tech soul joint "Neptune 4". "Sebastopol Rd" takes things in a more explicitly house oriented direction, before "Fragment 7" beams back skywards for one more celestial trip around the sun.
Review: Gene Hunt is one of the few producers from the original wave of Trax Records signees that still flies the flag for Chicago house with as much gusto as when he started. This is his second trip out on Inner Shift Music, and it finds the US house veteran on impeccable form. "Kayla Dream" is a light, airy jacker defined by amorphous synth washes that match the mellow mood of the label. "Distant Voyage" is a truly standout track though, dealing in crooked rhythmic structures and channelling the techno side of Hunt's muse. "Open Up Your Eyes" maintains the introspective mood, but this time welcomes some soulful vocal turns into the adventurous, machine-powered landscape.
Review: There are nimble, rolling grooves aplenty to be enjoyed on the second drop from Mahal for Inner Shift. Of course, these grooves are framed within the context of moody, meditative soundscapes where you're as likely to hear some squalling guitar as you are spooky keys - that's certainly the case on stunning opener "Red & Blue". Deep Explorer comes on board for a remix that feeds some loose and limber breaks into the mix, which match the dusty feel of the track perfectly. "Behind The Scene" weighs in with a powerful bass presence and some classic box beats, capturing some serious Detroit-inspired energy in the process. "Mind Games" completes the record with a dreamy excursion into airy pads and submerged arpeggios to get you floating skywards.
Review: Some five years on from the release of his previous EP, Inner Shift boss and former Moods & Grooves regular Brad Peterson returns to action. He effortlessly picks up from where he left of on EP-opener 'Expansion', a near perfect slab of heavily electronic deep house melodiousness rich in bubbly lead lines, opaque chords, vibraphone style melodic motifs and tight, undulating acid lines. 'Star Traveller' is an even deeper and more intergalactic affair where starry synth sounds, echoing chords and wavy pads rise above a chunky groove, while 'Machine Logic' is a chunkier, slightly darker and more analogue-rich affair built around a robust basline. Arguably best of all though is closing cut 'Sun Garden', a sumptuous slice of summery deepness rich in delay-laden flute solos and enveloping electronics.