tommy rawson releases are sporadic but always high quality. as a former member of the souled duo who ran the excellent fresh minute label hes been around the more tropical end of uk house and broken beat for many years and this, his first full release for bergerac ushers forth a new level in his sound. this whole record is a masterclass in post bruk, forward thinking, shining, bright uk dance music. unmatched in emotion and vibes. deep blue is quite simply the sound of the summer. sun drenched, euphoric and soaring. broken but not broken, 4/4 but not quite housey. jazzy, soulful yeah. it was the highlight of red rack ems olive grove closing set at love international last year when it provided the most halcyon of moments. live trumpet from vicky flint and a whole bag of vibes from tommy rawson. this is a classic. trust. past tense is a super tropical african tinged house stomper which shows tommys love of sunshine vibes once more with acres of space, insistent chants, dubby pianos and a tinge of jungle roller bass. the final track into the future takes us into almost blade runner-esque orchestral emotion but with a kind of balearic feel tucked in there too. beautiful, lilting, emotional memories. you can feel so much love in this track. such a special record. buy it. love it. treasure it.
the ever-so mysterious producer tommy rawson digs deep into the crates and comes up with two quality reworks for gold fingers. combining warm and soulful vibes with a house touch peculiar is a real thing of beauty. on the flip tommy presents the kids , a track with a somewhat more folky approach and with it s perfectly placed strings amping up the drama. another solid gold 12 inch
the first new crazylegs music of the summer season is a bold slice of motown-fuelled house music from tommy rawson, following up his debut on sweden’s local talk last year. uk garage hero zed bias brings the dread with a dark, broken maddslinky refix on the flip, after recently announcing his imminent retirement from the dj circuit. imami rounds off the package with a booming mutant funk workout, off the back of his debut ep on druid cloak’s apothecary compositions label last november. crazylegs is a young record label birthed in 2012 from a five-year old bristol club party of the same name – founded by jambo and shandy and now run by a small team of like-minded djs and producers – tied together by a love of surprising, spontaneous electronic music and existing to provide a home for the people that create it.
red rack ems cult radio show inspired smugglers inn series returns and this time it s under the bergerac label umbrella. volume 3 brings more secret weapons to the table and features an all star cast of space funkateers.
a collection of dance tracks inspired by some well-known / lesser known songs from various music eras of the past ranging from american soul to uk jazz-funk and early rave scene. guess what, these are not re-edits. these are more than just reworks. the tracks can be considered stand-alone new versions or remixes that were never out. just put the needle on the record and try to guess.
in-beat-ween music continue their programme of remixes from lay fars much loved debut album so many ways with a second 12inch featuring the high profile talents of ashley beedle, peter oakden & craig smith, tommy rawson and aroop roy
the smugglers inn has become a unique testing ground for new artists and productions and many of todays highly rated new school producers benefited from early support on the show as well as behind the scenes a+r advice from daniel when approached by record labels after being featured on the show.with a network of talent to draw from, it seemed a logical step to start a record label so this is the first release from what promises to be an interesting series of eclectic, dancefloor focussed musical endeavours from an all-star international cast.