2019 repress incoming! having been circulating on the net for a fair while now, “talk to me you’ll understand” finally arrives with a fresh mastering, but still thudding along with those scuffed reebok drums and soaked into fuzzy, stomach-squeezing low-pass filter. all soft chords, soothing vocals, deep-sea bass and skittering hats.
with time spent away developing his studio, methods of mixing, as well as acquiring a small stash of new hardware, the resulting ep - inspired by recent travels to south east asia - effuses all these elements and passions together with that signature raw m.t. knack for organic percussion, heavily washed synths and pulsating rhythms.
distant hawaii punts the summer long into the autumn grass with an uplifting, spirit-dancing, soul-sparkling ep from fast-rising newcomer dj different.
coasting off of the back of releases for 1Ø pills mate and mood of the era, dj different grabs the bull by the horns for this one with some coarsely slabbed house samplin’ rubbing up against scuffed drum work, luscious chords and steady swirling deepness.
hiding slightly out of plain sight, australian producer mood j has been secretly crafting lush house jams for the last half decade bubbling just under the visible surface.
with the artist and asquith having briefly touched base at the beginning of the label’s journey, it took only a chance encounter in a ballarat bungalow in 2016 to reignite the flames of the artist-label relationship. jimmy surprisingly bumping into jon (mood j), as he was daze’s housemate in aus, whilst the lobster crew were on tour there.
mood j’s hard drive was stashed with archive of warm, sizzling, analogue studio tracks cooked to the nines, and so here we are just over 14 months later with the full epic debut in hand.
after reviving his 16-bit soul with rampantly joyful and excessively hedonistic escapades in new york, the now newly-named sonikku (casting off the dj moniker of old and focussing purely on his namesake) takes refuge in the legendary high altitude temple, rising from the forest through the clouds and to a monumental blue-hued floating structure. sky sanctuary.
sonikku’s warm, lilted audio recordings from time spent there tell a story of two sonikku’s. one, a young producer, all scorched drum carnage with fruit basket plugins that betray a balearic leaning that defied their age (the b-side). then the second sonikku. pure vibes, positive waves and solid life lessons gleaned all the way from the sky sanctuary (a-side).
cloud surfin, sky swimming, escapist, fantasy-sanctuary blissfulness.
ltd repress september 2019!! sweely comes crashing through the windows of the distant hawaii beach house hq with a humungous, stomping, ny-jersey inspired ep that combines war drum level percussion with soulfully flowing vocals and lush pads galore.
distant hawaii continues to aurally thaw the oncoming pacific cold front with a quartet of foot-toasting, skin toning summer house shufflers courtesy of hardmatter label-head and london resident jvxta.
manchester’s ciggy de la noche makes his debut on lobster sublabel distant hawaii with a four-tracker of warm, sunlit bumpin’ house groovers. waterfalls of cascading synth strings and dreamy, tender instrumentation drift and dance alongside more steady, playful late-night grooves. an infectious offering of kaleidoscopic house patterns and summer vibes.
distant hawaii kicks into gear for the second half of 2016 with our first transatlantic artist joining in the shape of immense production and dj talent, garrett david.
already a prominent figure in the windy city scene via his residency at smart bar and working as a&r and in-house buyer at gramaphone records, garrett’s talents extend even further, right back to the lab, to the deep studio from whence all music grows.
his chicago-tinged-with-detroit blend of clean, yet warm and occasionally raw bumpin’ house tracks showcase a kaleidoscope of grooves backed by heavy-seated drum programming and glacial, almost-interspatial padwork.
dj sonikku debuts on distant hawaii with three sparkling, island-hopping balearic house joints from the heart of a deep jungle-smattered paradise. dreamed up from within the internet-scorched mind of tony donson, his dj sonikku alias sees him utilise segas heralded yet mildly-ancient 16-bit megadrive console as a proto-mpc platform from which to assemble his tropical-tinged house sound.
repress on translucent, blue marbled vinyl.
2017 repress on translucent, blue marbled vinyl.
distant hawaii kick off their detroit-leaning imprint with four smooth slabs of coastal balearic-tinged house from hidden spheres. drifting from soft vocal whispers, carpeted in warm fuzzed chords to slow jacking n wailing acid, this 12- lays down the gauntlet when it comes to care-free summer house. expect to hear these joints accompanied by a bloody mary on every terrace this summer.