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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! 

Huntleys + Palmers celebrate ten years in existence with friends Ivan Smagghe, Rupert Cross and Matthew Herbert! "In The Morning" is a poppy, electronic post-punk record; with Matthew Herbert on rare vocal duties he delivers a serene performance with slightly melancholic inflections and is supported by a shy, steady, arp-bass / kick-snare rhythm. It's intimate, emotive and seems to get better with every listen - the sign of a perfect pop song! French oddball Pilooski offers up an instrumental of the track, keeping the evocative chord progression, stripping away the vocals and adding loose, live, quirky percussion. Next tune, "MMMMMMM" is an Italian-informed electro disco tune with a seriously authentic, retroist mood. Smagghe & Cross master the oscillator de-tune alongwith with a plethora of other advanced synthesis techniques but never lose touch with the delicate songwriting process. Honey Soundsystem's Jackie House remixes "MMMMMM" into something very deadpan, sleazy and interesting; a graphic spoken word narrative meanders through the track while simple Casio drum beats support a plodding bassline. That vocal will have you hooked till the end on this one, drawing you into its riddled metaphors and abstract storytelling... really good!


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