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Marking 10 years in the game, Ecstatic compile a haul of exclusive new cuts from familiar faces and newcomers alike, on a limited edition tape released to coincide with label parties at Cafe Oto in London and The White Hotel in Salford next week.
‘Catch Feelings’ marks a decade and some 100 releases in the game with a treasure chest featuring label stalwarts Romance, Celestial, Spivak, Felisha Ledesma (appearing here with Angelo Harmsworth) as well as label owners Not Waving & Primitive World, alongside new faces Raw Deal, Horses, ’93 Til Infinity and ICARUS.
The label hit its strongest run of form these last 12 months - albums from Romance, Dean Hurley, Cucina Povera & Ben Vince all featuring among our favourite music of 2022 - so this glimpse at things to come opens their 2023 with much promise. Strongest of all is perhaps Not Waving’s blushing vaporwave beauty ‘Liberasi’, including a spine-tingling Saxophone coda, while Romance unveils yet another immaculately screwed inversion ‘I Close My Eyes’ into their pool of gleaming memories. Spivak’s slow-slugging ‘Overnight’ gets right under the skin with its slow strobe dream sequence woooze, and Felisha Ledesma’s iridescent ambient alloy with Angelo Harmsworth ’Silver Washed’ is pure ambient bliss.
From the new lot; Raw Deal deploy the sickest UKG x neon light atmospherics, 93 ’Til Infinity flip a strung-out, Basinski-esque inversion of a hip hop classic, Horses go porchside with a midnight Takoma special, and ICARUS loop a Bill Evans sample into the blue-est lament.
In all, 40 minutes of supremely evocative music from one of the best labels around right now, a strong prompt to go catch them at The White Hotel (Thursday, 26th January) or Cafe Oto (Friday, 27th January) , as well as a sturdy primer on what to expect from them in the coming year.