Spearhead Records bring us the first-ever release from London's Techtonics
What we have here is one of the most impressive debuts we've heard for a while, as Spearhead Records serve up a fine two-tracker from London-based newcomer Techtonics. Can't tell you a lot about the man himself – all we know is that his real name's Alex Portlock – but he certainly knows what he's doing when it comes to crafting liquid funk grooves.
Lead track Feel U opens with atmospheric soundwashes, delicate, reverberating piano notes and just a hint of the soulful male "I'm feelin' you" vocal, easing you in for a full minute before the vocal's brought to the fore, ushering in a lively stepper's beat and a bassline that carries plenty of bottom-end heft but doesn't get all up in your face about it, allowing those shimmering keys, the vocal and a looping, treated female "hey!" to whisk you off into a reverie. Soulful for sure but never poppy or wishy-washy, this is some seriously classy liquid bizniss. And there's no let-up in quality on the accompanying Tokyo Rain, a just-slightly tuffer lil' roller with old-skool Amens, a lolloping keys riff whose vaguely Far Eastern feel presumably gave the track its title, and haunting treated vox.
All told, Techtonics has announced himself with considerable aplomb here – let's hope we hear more from him soon.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 18 June
Review Score: 8