John Heckle hails from Liverpool and he is quite rightly making a name for himself. He has released two EP’s and, most recently, his first full LP on Jamal Moss’ Mathematics label, along with also contributing to a great various EP on Tabernacle Records. Here John provides another four for the Glasgow label, and shows us why he’s creating excitement up and down the country.
The record’s opener, ‘r136′ is a fucked up, grindingly deep house track. Consisting of sharply echoed drum beats, rolling piano stabs and a deep mournful bassline, this track penetrates my inner gut and fucks with its insides. It evolves slowly and subtly, playing between hi string synths and abstract vocal samples. With an opener like this, I can see why Mathematics have been so interested.
‘My Only Hopes’ sounds like a classic piece of ‘Three Chairs’ house. Sharp, abrasive beats clash head to head with beautful, piano overtones, and weaved through with wavered synth lines. Sounding like its been recorded in a metal chamber, this track is rough but solid and probably my favourite on here, and probably Rick’s favourite too, and Kenny’s… and most definitely Theo’s. John has not copied a sound here, but taken it and built upon it, and I think this track sits higher than a lot of shit I’ve heard in a long time.
The E.P.’s title track, ‘The Introvert/Extrovert’ is hard and brutal. A supreme 909/707 work out. Distorted to fuck and enough to make your mum cry, sitting thinking what the fuck she’s done to have her son listening to such “boom boom” music. A ferioscous 101 acid bassline helps this madness along, sending it to the brink of insanity, until finally within the last minute, its consumed, and condemned, and gives way to delirium, derangement and hysteria.
Closing out the EP, ‘Where Are You Now’ is another deep house number. Phased out hi hats play over deep detroit-esque pads, whilst vocals sing intangibly over the top. Organ chords, playful piano lines and sweeping pads ensure this track remains interesting throughout.
This is the best output from any label I’ve heard all year. Extremely interesting takes on contemporary house music, John takes us on a trip through his mind, and its left me wondering what’s next. I hope, for me at least, that its more of the same.