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It's the return of our favourite nocturnal strigiforme, fresh from the roost with a new batch of floor-filling edits mined from the best moments of dance music history.

"Betar" kicks us off, a mega-mix type sequence that takes in Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" and a lesser known disco burst to keep the momentum and happiness levels soaring high throughout.

The second, entitled "Groov" takes Harvey Mason's "Grooving You" and chops out any superfluous bridges and bars to avoid that fatal moment, endemic to much of the late 70s output, when you lose the groove and everyone heads to bar. The Owl knows what to keep in to ensure attentiveness throughout - you won't have a moment to think about rehydration!

"Girlz" is a funny one, does it sample Modjo's turn-of-the-millennium pop-house monster "Lady", or Chic's "Soup For One"?? I think the crafty Owl has cleverly teased both into the mix here to ensure maximum head-scratching and unrivaled bottom-shaking throughout - go on mate!

"Pimp Of The Year" sees the EP off in more adventurous form. A liquid disco-funk jam that screams of more recent times and look! - it's a brand new OG from The Owl! Showing that there's more to this bird that the cutting table - he's also a whizz on the dials too. Crafting a fine, low slung bassline peppered with flanged-up guitar chops and radioactive organ chords - get in!

Limited copies, buy now or cry later!

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: No crate diggin here. Straight fully recognisable hits given the amount of eddity necessary to make it even more dancefloor friendly. Top of the pops!

Downer pop songsmith Oliver Wilde has unveiled details of his highly anticipated second LP, Red Tide Opal in the Loose End Womb, due for release on May 5th through Bristol’s most forward thinking DIY label Howling Owl Records.

An organic progression from Oliver Wilde’s debut album A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears, which as well as gaining critical acclaim from The Guardian, Loud & Quiet, Drowned in Sound, and DIY et al, also helped him build a passionate following through smaller yet well respected champions of independent music; Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb finds the prodigal artist expanding musically his sonic experimentation and lyrically the surreal yet intimate imagery that has so enraptured listeners.

From ‘Stomach Full of Cats’ infectious synth swirls, ‘Smiler’s foreboding, pulsing electronics through to the record’s soaring crescendo ‘Vessel’ – written during Wilde’s time spent in hospital recovering from heart failure – Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb is an album that rewards listeners with subtle gems, buried within.

Describing the process behind the album, Wilde states “Lyrically, A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears felt like a series of introspective, often personal confessions whereas Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb explores relationships occurring between those close to me and abstract concepts through dreamlike prose. Though, at the heart, Red Tide Opal In the Loose End Womb is still a bedroom recording, musically the overall palette overflows into a wider variety of textures. Also, as a natural progression through developing the live show and entrusting a group of musicians that started out as a ‘backing band’, they then became more involved and enabled me to filter their ideas into my world. Therefore, changing the overall textures and features in some of the recordings. As we become more of a family, I hope we will explore our ideas more collectively in the future.”


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