played by:Jane Fitz, Cez (Pop Your Funk), Gerd, Ben Boe (Boe Recordings), Kone-R (Uncharted Audio), Zenner, Semtek, James Fox, Martin Haberland, Per Bojsen-Moller, Isoul8 (Volcov), Precious K, Session Victim, Juno Recommends Techno, Free Magic, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Shadow Dancer (Boysnoize Records), Cottam, Future Beat Alliance
Delsin's second release in its fledgling house-tinged series is a killer, with veteran producer Steve Pickton aka Soul 223 at the helm. Almost Like It Used To Be follows the well received debut 12? from wonderkid Gerry Read, and once Delsin turn to a UK producer, although this time they plump for experience over youth: Pickton began producing in the early 90s, and is best known for his ambient/IDM techno work under the Stasis moniker. He has released records with the likes of Mo Wax and Soul Jazz, as well as three albums for Peacefrog, namely Inspiration (1995), Fromtheoldtothenew (1996) and 2003?s Past Movements, and his vast experience is all too obvious on this EP, which has echoes of the crackly, jazz-influenced output of Kenny Dixon Jnr, with the hazy, lolloping beat of "Arties Mood" and uber-deep "Heartstrings" standing out in particular. Well worth checking.
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