fresh from his lets roll ep on radio slaves rekids, hopeworks curator lo shea further cements his status as a true innovator of the uk underground with the iterations ep on duskys 17 steps. leading the charge, iterations is 8 dark twisted minutes of tripped-out melodic techno that will sweat the walls of warehouses from london to tokyo drawing a lineage from the omen, atomic jam and the orbit through to berghain, de school and hopeworks itself. on the remix, stockholm’s peder mannerfelt takes it down an industrial rabbit hole of terror-core synths, rave sirens and sonic paranoia. across rest of ep, lo shea flexes his sonic diversity with ornithurae offering an intruiging mix of bruising bass, twitchy layer loaded percussion and sinister soundscapes - somewhere between d&b don dillinja circa 96, early claude von stroke, radioactive man and fellow sheffield legend oris jay. dark, soulful and ravey, higher closes things off with a uniquely uk hybrid that traces lines through militant tresor-heyday techno, vintage strictly rhythm diva house and hardcore vibes.
hope works founder lo shea drops two murky cuts on rekids with thule and ae recordings boss thor on remix duties.
on top of running his highly respected hope works event series in the north of england, lo shea’s reputation as a producer is unquestionable, with recent years seeing the sheffield-based artist appear on credible imprints such as phonica, never learnt, sze, transit and dext recordings.
metallic percussion is blended with growling bass in ‘let’s roll’ before introducing spooky synths to generate a mesmerising aesthetic. energetic breakbeat drums and intricate melodies then forge ‘tundish’ before thor reinterprets ‘let’s roll’ by sucking you into a dub techno vortex, stripping shards off the original that cascade whilst driving you into an abyss.
sheffields hopeworks has become an essential melting pot for the cultural and musical future of a city whose electronic heritage has surpassed its industrial one. as creative director & resident dj lo shea, returns to the vinyl arm of this warehouse institution with a statement of intent & a lithe follow up to last year s deep draw ep following his successful seaghdha series, lo shea continues to flesh out a distinctive sound which is informed and inspired by all those late nights. expertly programmed modern sonics possessed by the spirit of 90 s rave & the uk s characteristic bass influence. northern lights leads the charge - a mechanised, syncopated stepper that could easily be a lost sunklo release elsewhere soundscape interludes sit alongside atmospheric, precision club jams, with the b side struggling to contain the two stout a side cuts it has to hold in place. a recent resident advisor podcast, winning plaudits across the board as well as away games for phonica & dext are certainly cementing a assured future for lo shea & hopeworks!
sze the new sister label from secretsundaze steps up with the second release in the shape of a killer ep from sheffield s lo shea (hope works / seaghdha). lo shea runs the excellent hope works venue in sheffield where he has invited everyone from robert hood to ben ufo to play. he has also released a string of great eps on his own imprint seaghdha. summa part 1 is pure unadulterated peak time party vibes. warm rhodes keys and a straight forward groove are juxtaposed by a huge bass line with...
hopeworks opened just under two years ago, in the heart of sheffields former industrial centre. this empty warehouse has since become the hedonistic epicentre of the citys vibrant all night clubbing scene as chief resident and director of hopeworks, lo shea has built the ethos of the space from the ground up. having hosted an enviable list of international guest artists as well as showcasing the best of tomorrows talent, hopeworks has become an essential melting pot for the cultural and musical future of a city whose electronic heritage has surpassed its industrial one. a platform to release the music inspired by the space and its loyal crowd, not to mention the artists who have contributed to its success, makes perfect sense. who better to take the helm of this debut voyage than lo shea himself… following his successful seaghdha series, liam continues to flesh out a distinctive sound that doesnt easily fit into genre divides, but which is informed and inspired by all those late nights. often functional, always perfectly weighted - his productions have - given the diverse & astonishing energy of the space that feeds them - gained support from djs and dancers the world over… this is 100% mixed in sheffield & believe us, hope, works.
here it is, the tenth and final chapter in the seaghdha story, as lo shea wraps up a monumental series with a special, limited 12 inch & cd compilation package. first up we get four more new tracks on the wax, its on is an atmospheric, driving house jam complete with melodic guitar effects, which ride the groove and combine with the devilishly deep low end to startling effect. got swagger strips things right back to the bone, a skeletal rhythm framework, those trademark atmospherics and rock solid low end. buchsheff sees us back in familiar lo shea territory, with a powerful warehouse rattler. finally to be sure brings it all home with a cinematic ambient piece. as if that wasnt enough we also have a hand-stamped cd comp, featuring those classic cuts from the earlier part of the series, which are now fetching serious change on the second hand market it is a great package, and a serious send off for what has been a hugely successful & widely supported musical endeavour.
like the face-painted celtic hordes that succesfully repelled all invaders, seaghdha continues to dominate the high ground and provide sonic sustenance for rave caves the world over. as the series continues to pick up new fans and plaudits aplenty, the modus operandi remains the same - precision club workouts, which ricochet between uk flavoured jams, to clean cut techno & stripped down house.
the seventh instalment in lo sheas series of 10 vinyl only releases on seaghdha. you know by now how this goes - precision club workouts, which ricochet between uk flavoured jams, to clean cut techno & stripped down house. vasquez leads the charge here, less about the legendary captain of the soundfactory, and more the soundtrack to a drug deal gone bad in downtown miami. like her flails around a bowel troubling low end and crisp snare double act, piling on the pressure with an unrelenting groove and some deftly applied distortion. elsewhere 365247 is in more familiar lo shea / seaghdha territory, with some expertly manipulated, atmospheric sampling laid over a spare, shuffle-happy herbertesque workout. finally flash gives us a glimpse into sleepless basement, inhabited by addled humanoids, playing glass bottles.
100 years is a new label and venue set up by esteemed sheffield promoter, producer and studio engineer liam o shea. the first release features two tracks by him as loshea. both city steel and prang are energy driven, bass-rumbling techno bangers.
seaghdha have made a significant dent in the stripped down warehouse music world with the first two releases in their celtic numerals series. a tri continues the theme perfectly, offering up three more precision workouts for dark spaces pared down, atmospheric and totally absorbing grooves throughout! each release will be strictly limited to 300 copies, vinyl only. the series will run to ten releases in total, titled 1-10 in gaelic.
!! 70% xmas deal !!duskys 17 steps present floor to floor. featuring tracks from velvit, trevino, lo shea, hugo massein and alan fitzpatrick, floor to floor compiles 12 tracks that approach the modern house and techno aesthetic with a uk edge. joining the dots between electronica-leaning sounds, melodic house and warm-up grooves to moody techno, looping tech house tools and broken beats, floor to floor represents a snapshot of current uk house and techno sound worlds all heavily road tested in dusky s dj sets. carefully compiled over a 12 month period, each track combines artistic individuality with dancefloor utility. on the second sampler, uk techno powerhouse alan fitzpatrick delivers a nostalgic nosebleed rave banger in a modern style on where haus?, xl signing hugo massein deals in rolling tech nastiness on restart the sun, lo sheas shuffling, sci-fi beats elevate thousand foot waves while moniker take things deeper on moving.