Label: Lucid Recordings
Released: 12th Oct 2018
Bruce Bickerton returns with another pure analogue release of electronic chill out, maintaining the format that gained him regular bookings at the Big Chill festivals throughout the noughties that took his productions to audiences around the globe.
This album begins with the short, simplistic and yet soothing intro ‘Take Flight’ which leads nicely into ‘Losing my Mind’ where the old skool bassline and vocal harmonies harp back to the Ibiza beach bar sound of the 90’s. The album continues to stamp an old skool impression upon me as I continue to listen through pleasant background music that either conjures up images of the Balearic beach or lazy days at an English riverbank.
That’s not to say there wasn’t tracks that rocked the boat somewhat (no pun intended) such as ‘Canoe Dreams’ which begins with a Folktronica feel leading into subtle 303 and sampled dialogue of a boy about his toy canoe. Which was followed by a more 303 structured piece ‘Supernova’ over layered with a space themed physics dialogue, which although is nothing new not only did it work well with the piece it held my interest in it’s own right.
In my opinion if you’re either a fan of Bruce’s work in general or fancy some fresh material in an old skool style, then this would probably suit you down to the ground for your moments of relaxation. The release is available in both CD and vinyl formats, which I would imagine goes hand in hand as a preferable format for those who seek out this sound.
Review by Woodzee