Boomkat Product Review:
Better later than never, John Heckle's excellent 'Desolate Figures' album arrives in digital formats via Tabernacle Records. Rightly hailed by Fact Magazine as one of THE house/electronic albums of 2013, the Scouse synth and drum machine fiend's third full length finds him maturing and working deeper into a sound translating influence from the hallowed catalogues of Trax, Downwards and UR into heartfelt and highly effective club constructions. On nine songs Heckle juices maximum potential from his circuits, yielding a colourful, retro-futurist spectrum of kaotic harmonies and 'floor-lifting melody powered by dusty but prodding Roland rhythms. Highlights run deep from the soaring Badalamenti-style chords and 909 sea spray of 'Blindman's Bluff' thru the swinging house slink of 'Inhuman Nature' with its chiming keys and killer ride cymbal work to the twisted vignette 'Love Lies' and rushing Jeff Mills styles in 'Death Of A Spaceman' and the epic new age echo chamber house of 'Power Of Two'.