I’ve never really followed techno auteur Mathew Jonson’s career particularly closely. I enjoyed ‘Marionette’ and that original Cobblestone Jazz 12″ like every other dance anorak, and occasionally delved into his Wagon Repair label’s catalogue, but his releases on Perlon and Minus have generally passed me by.
‘In The Stars’ is the incredible B side to ‘Automaton’ on Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels. It is (no question) my favourite production from the canny Berlin-based Canadian. It incorporates the plink plonk electronic fission of his techno MJ releases with the jazz freeness of his live Cobblestone Jazz project. It’s so gorgeous… When I first received it I listened to it maybe six times straight and found myself getting more rhapsodical with every play, to the point where I found the need to pick up the blower and start raving to likeminded geeks about it. At 2am on a Tuesday.
Buy the vinyl- it’s that kind of record.