Ryan Berkeley, Norachi, DJ Heure & Dawn Again -LAR001 [Melbourne] $10 ** 2 left
Melbourne’s Love Above Records debut release is a 4 track Various Artists 12”. Featured on the release are label directors Ryan Berkeley (Love Above Records, Houses In Motion) and Dawn Again (Love Above Records, Blind Jacks Journey, Rothmans, Porn Wax.. ) alongside fellow Melbourne na tives DJ Heure (Distant Hawaii, All My Thoughts) and Norachi (Butter Sessions). Additional production by Ingrid Parry-Hayden. Mastering by Corey Kikos (Sleep D, Butter Sessions). Artwork by Galen Strachan. On the A side we jump straight into Ryan Berkeley’s “Round The Ride”, a slab of club ready house music. A fantastic, earworm of a vocal is laid over a hypnotic groove that builds and builds until it all combines in a full-blown, hands-in-the-air, 3 am weapon. Norachi’s “Ffffred” takes a different approach. A woozy concoction that is reminiscent of 90’s tech house. It combines a kaleidoscopic array of elements that all whirl around each other to create a great afterhours trip. On the B-Side is DJ Heure’s “HUH”, an infectious cut of boom-bap influenced breakbeat house. Some gorgeous chords, set over a jumbling, throwback rhythmic groove. Think Andres meets Regelbau. And the final track is Dawn Again’s “Wuthering Heights”, a warm, fuzzy, chuggy deep house jam. An undeniably pumping bassline set amidst a bunch of jazzy chords and whispering, seductive vocals.
Label: Love Above Records