For all you suckers in the western hemisphere this record by Test Pressing’s Paul Byrne and Sade’s Andrew Hale will almost seem like a terrible taunt as the long dark tunnel of winter closes in. Trust me, I’ve been there. But if you happen to be sitting smugly in the southern hemisphere (or anywhere vaguely equatorial) this music actually seems to beckon you to the local beach, headphones on, to squint into the sun as the gulls squark and swoop over the twinkling water.
This is so Balearic Andrew Hogge from ESP should create a special edition 12″ which is subtly dabbed with Hawaiian Tropic. OK perhaps not (although I do love that smell). It is of course proven that nothing triggers memories like your olfactory senses: memories of thunderstorms over Es Vedra, driving a rental with hot sandy feet and hearing Carl Craig’s mix of ‘Falling Down’ for the first time at Space.
This record here works that White Island magic for me.