Seahawks chart a course for the outer realms of consciousness where sea meets sky and sky meets space. Two tracks new to vinyl from their esteemed ‘Escape Hatch’ album and three inspired remixes, 37 minutes of overlapping dream states and mantric resonance.
"Setting sail with the wondrous ‘Valparaiso’, the siren like voice of Ed Macfarlane (Friendly Fires) calls the dancers to the beach, it’s silken glide so smooth some have asked if it’s Sade!
Nick Mackrory creates an alternative cosmos that is even more blissed, like a lost Lucio Battisti gem sparkling in the sun. (Nick was responsible for the lush ‘Elle Dit’ released on the Music For Dreams label not so long ago).
Picking up the pace disco viking Marius Circus enters the arena to create a woozy acid fever dream that throbs and pulses in a most heavenly way. Perfect for full moon beach jams and horizontal home hangs alike.
On the flip ‘Starways’ is without a doubt one of Seahawks finest creations, over 12 minutes of tropical kosmische odyssey that resolves into a glistening pool of crystal electronics, aquatic horns and celestial strings. A tonic for the mind and the body.
At the close of day Len Leise blesses us with a hazed subtropical jam where vapour tones float on an ancient ocean of bliss as organic beats massage the stress away. An antidote to all that is dark and dismal in these fractured times."
Emeralds founding member Mark McGuire reminds us why he is among the most beloved guitarists of our new age.
"McGuire returns to VDSQ with a beautiful album of fractal introspection, a succinct collection of deeply melodic and emotive themes. Ideas of Beginnings a direct statement of modern guitar, running the gamut from brightly focused acoustic compositions to late night electric vapor trails. Ideas of Beginnings is another highlight from this iconic 21st Century guitarist."
Etch drops two splintered, broken beat jags on Donga’s Gully Records, a division of his Brighton-based Well Rounded Records.
A-side, he coils up some rasping, reticulated brokebeats on Synapse Cluster like some mutant antecedent of Toasty or Slaughter Mob.
B-side, he impresses with the R’nG style groove control of Labyrinthian Contours on a dubble-dipping 2.1-step variant.