Having been quiet since slipping out that rather fine Prime Numbers EP of archive house, Linkwood surfaces on the Firecracker affiliated Shevchenko imprint with some house music that can be best described as effortlessly gliding. A preface to the producer's second album which is set to drop in the early months of 2012, all three tracks here are superb - not least the title track "Secret Value" which sounds naggingly familiar to these ears. Massively vibey, the track begins with an upwards poise and veers in that trajectory throughout augmented by delightfully plump string flourishes that appear in cloud like formation atop the intricate syncopation. "Between Me & You" is essentially the same track twisted inside out, with the vibes deep set beneath the glowering sheen of saturated atmospherics. Those seeking something straighter will find much to admire in "Ignorance Is Bliss" which begins in more prominent fashion, thanks mostly to that burning bass line; though as the track progresses it's flushed with a delightfully smudged warm sensation. Big tip!
Ryan Shaw (Eclectic Avenue Records), Stojche, Local Zero, Lovemonk Records, Ben Boe (Boe Recordings), MARCO FEBBRARO (Strictly Groove), Sean, Kone-R (Uncharted Audio), Vahagn (Paradise Valley), Matt Trousdale, Ksoul, Stupid Human, Mehdi, REVERIE, Doc Martin, WOLF Music, 1DAN, Marc Cotterell (Plastik People), Rob Coley (Soul-Identity Music), Nick Carling (Fruitful/beetroot), Zambon, FabioDellaTorre (Minimono/Bosconi), Orlando B (Contemplate Recordings), ISOUL8 (Volcov), PRECIOUS K, Washerman, Roberto Rodriguez, Session Victim, Juno Recommends Deep House, GWEN (SPACE BREAKS RECORDS), Eddie C, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Lwazi Koom, Aihki, Vakula, Richard Zepezauer (RZ-1), Dan Beaumont (Classic/Dance Tunnel), Cottam, Alex Bradley, Sai Aka Blend Architect, Giorgio Luceri, Agnostic Rhythm, Shane Linehan, Donato Capozzi (Enterbt Rec.), Enterbt Rec., Mitchell Goor, Brad P/Inner Shift/Common Dreams, Joe Montana, Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Iron Curtis, Modsleep, Samann (Traxx Underground), East Soul Person, Kesper
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