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It’s safe to say that Steven Legget has been somewhat measured in his approach to releasing music. The Newcastle native was behind the Four Hands moniker, with releases alongside iconic industrial figures Zoviet France on Signals From The North and the classic "Hizou" on Claremont 56 back at the turn of the decade.

Now, this Firecracker Recordings release highlights a fully realized body of work, only hinted at by the aforementioned projects. Starting life as a performance in Turkish Baths located in Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Pool, one of the last remaining civil saunas in the country, Legget has created a textured, melodic and immersive eulogy to the woozy, slow motion, drug free endorphin rush of the bath house. Pieces from this performance, alongside field recordings collected on the islands of Paxos and Loutro, South Crete are reimagined as a luscious ambient music. Accompanied by cello and electronics with real attention paid to musicality, vast and gaseous cinematic compositions are submerged beneath waves and drenched in steam and condensation.

All profits from the sales of this LP will be donated to the charity Waves for Water:
http://www.wavesforwater.org/


Linkwood gives us "What's Up with the Underground?" hot, urgent, joyous jazz-house music that's guaranteed to ignite any dancefloor – be warned, spontaneous human combustion is a real risk when this record hits. Fudge Fingas drops the heavyweight "Escape". With samples from cult TV series The Prisoner, huge synth lines and beats like vintage Glenn Underground this is definitely odd house music - turn it up! The Complainers "Bacon Rolls" is bizarre funk from somewhere else entirely – If Chris Cunningham made a porno flick then this would be the soundtrack. Plus there's extra sickness from "What's Up With The Beats?" (rather than a mere dub, this is almost an entirely different jump-up disco track) and a bonus Firecracker skit.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Matt Says: The second of essential Firecracker represses to hit our shelves this week. Long out of press and highly sought after by deep house heads, diggers and music aficionados alike, these records set a blueprint that was to be copied for years and to me, will be a permanent part of UK dance music history. Limited repress - don't sleep.

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10" Info: Limited repress.


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