Rhythim Is Rhythim – It Is What It Is [Transmat]
Where it all started for me, from an early Detroit techno compilation that ended up on a tape in my walkman at school, it changed my perspective on music.
Night Writers – Let The Music (Use You) [Jack Trax]
A special track with special memories. Let the music take control.
808 State – Pacific State [Creed]
The opening track on their brilliant 1989 album, Quadrastate. Remade for the equally brilliant 808:90a year later.
Mental Cube – So this is Love [Debut]
The remarkable FSOL laying down the foundations in this gorgeous track that perfectly encapsulated what was going on. The flip side to this, ‘Q’ was pretty special too.
Monday – Future [Elevation Inc.]
Never left my record box from the day I found it in a basement in Bath.
Underworld – Dark and Long (Dark Train Mix) [Junior Boys Own]
A darker and longer version of the opening track on their hugely influential Dubnobasswithmyheadman. This one catapults me straight into the back room at Lakota.
Carl Craig – Sandstorms [Planet E]
Sublime techno from one of the best.
LTJ Bukem – Horizons [Looking Good Records]
The first release on his seminal LGR imprint. The whole movement had a real impact, and this one sums it all up perfectly.
Nitin Sawhney – Tides [Outcaste]
From his beautiful 1999 album, Beyond Skin.
The Grid – Rollercoaster (Global Communication Remix) [Dedicated, 1995]
From Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album, a goto album for washing it all away.
Antenna Happy Memory Tracks EP (Discotexas)
Portuguese label Discotexas welcomes a superb new act to the family with their fantastic new Memory Tracks EP. That act is Antenna Happy, a Brighton based beat smith with a passion for electronics that is here in all its glory across three top tracks.
Antenna Happy is Nathan Pope, someone who has been soaking up house and techno at various parties around the country since his teens. After a break to working on acting and even stand up, Pope returned to the fray in 2014 and since then has put out essential EPs on labels like Tenth Circle, Reinhardt and his own Antenna Happy.
The ever-lasting build of ‘Memory Track’ kicks off the EP with a profound sense of emotion. It is mental, deep and dark but it doesn’t lack any groove and it stands out as a phenomenal party starter. As far as libidinous and inviting house grooves go, they come no better.
The brilliant ‘Brute Harmony’ is the heavy heart of the EP. This is how Nathan Pope sees the darkest side of dance music; a hallucinogenic excursion that glues techno and disco into some dramatic, synth-driven narcotic sound that will have ‘floors in raptures.
Last but not least, ‘Where Space Is’ provides some serenity and relief. It keeps the trippy muscle of Antenna Happy going, but with a softer mood and a more subtle progressive layering of synth elements, topped with a child’s voice that gives it a final touch of sweetness. It’s a perfectly dreamy way to round out a varied EP.
Across all three track here, Antenna Happy showcases a real breadth and depth of style that makes this another standout EP for artist and label.
Antenna – Happy Memory Tracks EP Discotexas Out 13th May 2016