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Huntleys + Palmers' Belters sub-label kicks off the new year in fine style with this storming release from Glasgow's Wheelman. Previously debuting on Studio Barnhus and apparently co-existing in the same city for quite a while before making the connection between artist and label. Leading with the interestingly named "30_500" it's suitably alien and otherworldly title hint at its forward-leaning, technoid production, wrapped in a semi-biotic patina that's grabbed the attention of DJs across the board. "Snake" sees glistening melodies meet driving deep house mechanics as sparkly hats and intricate percussion artefacts jostle for position. "Marsha P" invites a winding sawtooth through weighty rhythms as AM-radio snippets and wavy pads fill out the mix; a slightly psychedelized detour which is as stimulating as any other moment across the record. "I Make Friends" delivers a much needed club jacker, as fierce acid lines are met by inviting female vox, again smothered in an lysergic, rippling echo preset. Finally, "Lost It" deploys spine-tingling bleeps and heart moving piano chords, seeing off the EP in epic and anthemic form, it's edge-of-your-seat arrangement teasing us with an endless drop. It's another precision engineered set from the top drawers of the Belters camp. Highly recommended! 


A1. 30_500
A2. Snake
B1. Marsha P
B2. I Make Friends
B3. Lost It

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