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Hidden Spheres' curated label Fruit Merchant makes the plunge with no. 3. Debut release by Native Cruise - a UK ahem, native who, through my own investigatory prowess MAY also DJ under the name Hollick - if I'm wrong please correct me!

Anyway, the mysterious producer contributes four stoutly tracks to the fledging label showing that house music's anything but dead in Y2K18.

"Purple Waltz" stands starring at the stars while "Plastic Mesh" inhabits the more rainforesty areas that saw HS explore on the first release. "Calypso Spring" and "Japanese Fantasy Taxi" are pure hardware house - nodding to boogie wit da snares and house music in the keys they possess that proto-everything naivety that Andras Fox and Low Flung also made their own.

Another winner from team Fruit Merchant - yes lads! 

Second release on Hidden Spheres' Fruit Merchant imprint and he's opted for some re-issue gold to keep us on our toes (the first release was a solo affair from the man himself...).

"Destination Heaven" by Earth Boys was originally released in 1997 on Undaground Therapy Muzik. The A-side exemplifies why, when deep house is this, it's truly sublime. A simple three chord piano lick, gently swung house beats and a heads-in-the-clouds vocal refrain; hell, there isn't even a bassline and this still kicks! Dreamy and blissed out, it's hard not to lose yourself in this track - stunning!

On the flip, "Star Struck" glides in a bit quicker, shiny pads reflecting bright lights of its silver surface. Then them bell keys come in and everyone gets excited. This one's pure hydrofoil; floating top of a crystalline ocean at 150 miles per hour.

Fucking mega release, just in time for heady Summer evenings. Limited copies too so move quick folks...

Fruit Merchant launches, straight outta northside Mancunia and fresh with the city's DIY spirit - a brand new venture from Hidden Spheres and friends. Not content simply existing solely as a record label, Fruit Merchant aims to become a pivotal musical and artistic movement in the city, holding cutting edge events and driving Manchester's burgeoning, homegrown art movement through its subterranean venue and community hub. Here, Fruit Merchant proprietor and regular to Lobster Theramin, Rhythm Section and Hidden Hawaii, Hidden Spheres introduces the sonic flora of his enchanted new world by way of "Wonders Of The Rainforest", an EP that both details the multifaceted skills of one of MCR's most treasured recent upstarts whilst paying tribute to an environment that, although a million miles away from our concrete jungle, seems more relevent than ever due to the impending threat of climate change and our critical-level resource drain. Each track on "Wonders Of The Rainforest" contains samples from a 1970s documentary of the same name, The tropical rain forests of the world are home to nearly half the animal species on earth - an estimated five million different life forms. More than 100 inches of rainfall each year sustain this lush environment, where some of the most fascinating examples of natural adaptation can be found. Fascinating and thought-provoking, the film is an eloquent warning of the natural wonders we stand to lose on a world scale if human encroachment of the world's rain forests continues.'' Thankfully, although highlighting the importance of the documentary, the EP's mood is somewhat brighter - revealing to us the lush and lavish fruits that could truly be ours if we only took more care with nature. Opening with the steady beat and intrepid exploration of "Forest Soil", HS takes us by the hand and into the undergrowth in. Powered by a mechanized vintage drum pattern and decorated with resplendent pad and flute melodies, there's a rich musicality which connects the biotic with the synthetic in exotic and wistful ways. Allowing our first rest-stop of the expedition, the A-side concludes with a delightfully charmed reprise, the previous track's evocative melodies breezing in over the canopy in a heady, tropical flux as we set up our hammocks and take in the surroundings. A secret Balearic gem for those that dig deep, and thankfully detached enough from civilization as to remain just that. "Sapodilla" announces the second leg of the journey with intent as a melee of jungle perc and tribal rhythms hurries us through the wilderness while a distant xylophone melody hints at another entheogenic reward on the horizon. "Lianas" sees us revel in the delights of a truly spiritual trip, gentle piano flurries contrasting beautifully against a conga solo with so much personality it's practically calling out to the rest of the forest. Tom's familiar bass sound makes a welcome return, the unbreakable footwear throughout the trek that's kept us safe and secure as the track's lively brass notes and organ licks pick out a lost-in-the-singularity oneness that every land mammal should experience at least once during their existence.

Fulfilled and contented, the Fruit Merchant leaves us to relax, reflect and recharge in our new environment, a precarious and finite land of beauty that, if cherished and adored will offer up its goodness time and time again. 


Matt says: The darling of MCR's underground, Tom Hidden Spheres reaffirms the city's DIY ethos as he kick starts a true labour of love - Fruit Merchant. Lots of stuff in the pipeline from this homegrown firm but for now, feast on the "Wonders Of The Rainforest"; a veritable buffet of exotic sounds underpinned with a lush musicality and gentle house propulsion.

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