We have previously covered some of Brad Peterson's work via his Common Dreams label and moniker and now it's time to switch the focus back to his brainchild imprint which he shares with long-time partner and collaborator Rai Scott. Launched in the summer of 2012 from their headquarters in Edinburgh, Inner Shift Music has grown in the last 3 years as one of those rare forward-thinking underground house labels whose very own existence revolves around high quality deep electronic music. What's even more impressive is that Brad and Rai accomplished this by releasing only a handful of records that featured mostly their own work, but also remarkable names such as Gene Hunt, Mick Welch, Miles Sagnia, Jose Lau, Gauss and Marco Nega. The label's latest release came this January and introduced 4 new artists to the label, out of which one stood out the most and just had to return with his own solo EP to the imprint. Jacksonville is but one of Chris Lyth's monikers, the veteran Glasgow-based producer scoring an impressive number of releases in over a decade of work via his Dominica, Heads Of State, Mécanique and Jacksonville aliases through established labels like Sensei, Slave, Advance, Evasive, Rebel Audio, Thug and even his own excellent Doppler Records.
The seventh Inner Shift release, 'Fragments EP' kicks off with 'Fragment One', a relentless ethereal dance-floor voyage through landscapes of warm airy pads, haunting strings, spectral synths and twirling bells, all fuelled by a driving kick and hypnotic acid bass-line. The second part of the trip, 'Fragment Two' is a more relaxed, deeper and down-to-earth construction with its steady kick, rhythmic drums and straightforward looping bass-line that rarely gets a filter treatment. While the first Fragment was the hypnotic one, the second is the cosmic one with its gliding celestial organ bells, lush melodic synths and trance-inducing astral keys, all embracing one another in a truly ecstatic mating dance ritual.
The flip-side changes the rules of the game with 'Seberg', a classic deep house track that has its roots both in the Detroit scene as well as in the forming years of Belfast's own dreamy soundscape. The energy on 'Seberg' is precisely delivered through constant drum sounds, tight kicks and a lovely swingful bass-line, while the mood gets driven with the aid of smooth rich pads, melodic seascape lines and a whole layer of faded ambient soundscapes. To finish the EP in epic fashion, Chris gives us 'Every Single Word', a blissful harmony of breezy oceanic pads, grandiose synth layers and evocative vocal cuts that once let loose, they orchestrate themselves to grandiose states of aural delight.
Jacksonville's 'Fragments EP' is out on the 30th of March and is by far one of the best records I have come across this year. Nicely done!