Hailing from Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh, Brad Peterson has been an active name in the house and techno scene for many years and we can even trace his productions and remixes as far back as 1998. His deep, lush and harmonic house sound has seen quite a few releases on Mike Grant's legendary Moods & Grooves imprint, he also appeared on smaller labels such as Monochromatic, Macintosh and the mysterious Contrast Wax and also on more established ones like Altered Moods and Simoncino's HotMix Records. Together with Rai Scott, Brad launched the 2DeepSoul collaboration in 2011 which saw a few releases on Altered Moods, Minuendo, Deep Explorer and Yore. Their studio chemistry and fruitful partnership led Rai and Brad to launch their own label Inner Shift Music which had seen two full years of activity and is soon to release its seven record so far. The label's success, coupled with the need for a place to release his more rougher, techno-oriented productions, determined Brad to start a label of his own, with different focus and concept all together.
So, after months of planning and teasing, Common Dreams went public last month with a solid debut release from Brad himself, serving as a benchmark for what is to come in the future. Although no artist name is featured on the beautiful 10" pressing, the two tracks are produced by Brad himself, which strays quite far from his usual soulful grooves and ventures into a cosmic world of fast-paced mature techno soundscapes. 'Data Waves' opens the release with a piano-centric deep-bassed body shaker that cleverly employs the use of tribal drums and shakers, distorted claps and a crisp Roland hi-hat. Brad's trademark lush sound is accomplished with a mesmerising endless low key piano loop and a superb synth pad that flows back and forth from mellow to stringent throughout the track. On the flipside, 'Twisted Future' keeps the tempo going strong and borrows critical percussion elements from the previous track, while adding entire new layers to the mix. It might start as deep and driving with a precise kick drum and meaty bass line, but soon enough, a whole constellation of hypnotic pads, resonated synths, acid accents and sci-fi stabs emerge from the cosmos.
Closely following the established concept, Common Dreams returns this November with its second instalment which has the deep and emotional futuristic-techno master John Shima deliver a two track 10" clear wax pressing. The Sheffield analog producer and live performer opens 'Common Dreams 002' with 'Dimensions', a smooth stellar ride through our galaxy fuelled by playful analog drums, swinged percussions, delayed claps and a lively snare. In mild contrast to the analogue rawness, the mood is driven by an emotional pad layer and further enhanced with dreamy and melodic futuristic synth notes. On the flipside, 'Confide' ramps up the pace and goes into danceable territory with its driving kicks and clever drum patterns. John doesn't stop at satisfying just your body's need for movement, he goes further and entices your mind with the addition of a blissful cosmic pad, glistening celestial stabs and sci-fi deep space beacon sounds.
Delivering a solid musical experience in a well thought and designed package, Common Dreams is definitely worth of keeping under your radar and we have a feeling that these two releases are only scratching the surface for what will follow in the near future.