Koelle returns to Needwant with Boarders of Soul. Title track 'Boarders of Soul' features long term collaborator Elli, continuing from where they left off on his previous Needwant outing, but this time round it's a much darker progressive affair.
After a string of impressive releases on Hotflush, hotly tipped Brazillian-born TERR (Daniela Caldellas) continues to develop what is becoming her retro-futurist signature with a remix of Koelle's 'Boarders of Soul'.
A year after his debut on the label, Needwant welcome back Lithuanian artist Few Nolder for another fine EP, which comes complete with a remix from the hotly tipped Octo Octa.
Few Nolder has been around and making headlines for a decade now. In his time he has released EPs on SODAI and Connoisseur, and an LP on cult label Planet Mu. His Needwant debut picked up praise across the board and now the producer’s sleek and subtle knack for crafting rolling grooves and lush melody is showcased once again.
Opening the splendid EP is the reservedly epic ‘Porcelain’, seven succulent minutes of deep house with pulsating kicks creating a cavernous groove. Helping to sweep you up and carry you away are the vamping chords and neon keys, a perfect tune to play as the sun sets.
Then comes ‘Chant’, a darker, slower tune with tribal chants drifting across the face. Booming bass is poignant & the keys twinkle once again leaving you feeling sombre yet optimistic. This is an emotive track that really draws you in.
Remixing is 100% Silk’s American artist and assured house producer Octo Octa, whose recent full length on HNYTRX is one of the albums of the year so far. Her remix is a ten-minute epic that builds and builds throughout with gurgling bass, a driving late night feel, well sculpted hi hats and pixelated synth lines all dancing around the groove and off into the night. It is a masterfully dramatic and sweeping piece that will mark the high point of any set.
Porcelain is another standout EP filled with lasting moods and grooves, another sure- fire winner from Few Nolder and Needwant.
Tracklist: 1. Few Nolder - Porcelain 2. Few Nolder - Chant 3. Few Nolder - Porcelain (Octo Octa’s Eyes Closed But Drag Me On Mix)
With a name that directly references Sanskrit's varied definition for words such as space and atmosphere, Portland, Oregon's Akasha System uses ambience to set the tone within his own brand of lo-fi house music. After an acclaimed release on L.A. genre stalwarts 100% Silk, Akasha System is back with his inaugural release on London's Needwant imprint, 'Colour Theory'.
Opening with the hushed atmospherics of 'Speculum', Akasha System utilises the dichotomy between delayed melodic elements and upfront, dry percussion - finding new grooves within the track's polyrhythmics for a disorientating but no less danceable experience. For 'Reflector', the US producer employs a warm bed of sonic soundscapes, using pads to instill a warmth to the track. Mechanised hi hats coupled with techno-esque percussive samples are buried throughout the track's reverberated harmonics, adding a hard-edged coldness to the 'Reflector''s composition.
Switching his style up somewhat for 'Tertiary', Akasha System provides a sense of urgency from the outset. Using hard bodied kicks as the track's anchor, the producer pushes to the forefront a hypnotic melodic line that emerges above a rich, cascading soundscape at the track's core. 'Shade' is perhaps the producer's most focused work yet, basing itself solely around a collection of topline compositions that weave in and out of each other, giving way to one another without ever sounding cluttered or unnatural. Closing out the release, 'Imager' utilises analog synth sounds, washed out with swathes of reverb amongst blunt bass stabs to create a track that finds a natural groove in amongst Akasha System's typically ethereal production style.
With 'Colour Theory', Akasha System has mastered a sense of atmosphere that perfectly marries the sounds of ambient composition and upfront club production. In doing this, Akasha System has created a five track statement of intent, bringing something completely fresh to the lo-fi house scene and establishing himself as one of the fledgling genre's most important counterparts.
Tracklist: Akasha System - Speculum Akasha System - Reflector Akasha System - Tertiary Akasha System - Shade Akasha System - Imager