Leftback Recordings’ debut 12″

Words: AC WILSON
March 15, 2014

The portentous synth line couples well with graceful keys to create a feeling of aching melancholia, carrying with it the sentiment that this craft won't be returning; lost to the cosmos forever.


Michael McLardy and Dudley Strangeways have launched into the new year by launching a new label, Leftback Records. Eschewing the modern way of digitising everything as a priority, the lads are getting back to basics by releasing amazing house and techno music on the beloved physical format of vinyl. And with releases as good as this debut in the pipeline we can see why.

A pounding kick makes it clear that McLardy’s ‘Space Craft’ isn’t messing around from the off. This is soon joined by some tottering percussion that gives off the impression of an engine struggling to maintain its ceaseless efforts. The portentous synth line couples well with graceful keys to create a feeling of aching melancholia, carrying with it the sentiment that this craft won’t be returning; lost to the cosmos forever.

The bass line and kick of Strangeways’ ‘Look Left’ bounce around each other, resplendent in their vitality. Over the top of this, the percussion is unabashed in the threatening manner it adopts throughout as it strides across the track. This is in stark contrast to the delightfully ethereal synth that wraps itself around the other elements, like the gentle breeze kissing a nettle.

‘Playing Possum’ starts off basking in the glow of the balmy synths that cascade across the track like shafts of sunlight poking through a dusty room. A scampering hi-hat, sturdy snare and exuberant kick provide the perfect platform from which to launch the delicately opulent keys, as Strangeways crafts a tune that revels in a beauty few can achieve.

‘Furniture Cafe’ pulls together an insistent kick with a stumble of percussive components that glimmer together like diamonds in the dark. The merest hint of a vocal bubbles beneath the surface, at once both foreboding and enticing, drawing you ever deeper in.

The gracefully bewitching keys drift in like a butterfly lost in the mist, adding yet another layer of splendour to what is already a stunning tune.


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