2020 Vision mastermind and 'king in the north' (as far as house music goes), Ralph Lawson busts loose for Jonny White's No. 19 with a moody, unctuous houser, co-produced by long-time cohort and Random Factor mastermind Carl Finlow, and Italian stallion Tuccillo. There's a wealth of mixes and dubs to choose from, but the 2020 Vision remix is stunning, with echoes of Round Two's seminal 'New Day', with all its pulsing, fuzzy synths. The piano-flecked vocal is no slouch either.
Mr G hasn't put a foot wrong in about a decade, so you'll be entirely unsurprised to find that he's sure-footed as a mountain goat here for vinyl-only imprint Just Jack Recordings. 'TT Rum Bar' is full of wide-open space, hemmed in by white noise hi-hats and pinned to the ground with a rumbling kick (oh and a thoroughly bumping mix from man of the moment Seven Davis Jr). 'What They Think' is an unstoppable, masterfully simple groove, while bulbous dub 'Yo' is a delight.
Less is indeed more. ‘Bottom Out’ works the minimal line hard; heavy phased snares, a hint of machine funk, rubberised basslines and space, a lot of space. Remixer Kowton gathers all the parts and squeezes out a slither more persistence. A superb example of two producers pushing the limits of the drum, snare and machine melody. ‘Total Music’ sees Russell deconstruct his sound further, eschewing direct drums and plotting rave abstraction and decay.
Psychemagik and Richard Norris offer their services on this spacey disco tribute to the first Russian cosmonaut.