Here’s a slice of classic British techno soul from the golden era that’s the perfect warmer for an icy winter evening. On the fourth and final Likemind EP, Kirk Degiorgio is at the controls of this spaced-out groover which would easily pass for a lost Carl Craig masterpiece.
The drums are killer – a classic looping break and layers of percussion fx – and the hypnotic organ and synth loops power it along, but it’s all about the soaring pads that kick in around the two-minute mark. Alongside the likes of Stasis and Repeat (Mark Broom and Plaid) it brings a uniquely British blend of hip hop and jazz influences to the Detroit palette, and it’s no wonder these artists fit in so well alongside the instrumental hip hop that Mo’Wax was pushing in the mid 90s.
I’ve mentioned before that every track on Likemind is a peach, with 04 arguably the strongest set of all – the Nuron tracks on the flip are phenomenal. If you don’t own it, it ain’t cheap these days, but it’s worth every penny.