After just one release from 2009-2016, Hanna has hit a purple patch in 2017. After blessing Waella’s Choice, Perpetual Rhythm and Apron with enough premium house music to leave any produce satisfied with their yearly output, Warren Harris sees off the year with a fourth, debuting on Bristol label Shall Not Fade.
Their output of 20 EPs in just over two years is symptomatic of how quickly and boldly the lo-fi house sound has asserted itself, fuelled by a plentiful supply of prolific young bedroom producers. Recent moves with Rick Wade and Andres have revealed label head Kieran Williams’ penchant for some of the more traditional US house sounds, and he’s done an interesting job of integrating both into a catalogue that didn’t initially seem the most fitting petri dish.
Continuing in this vein comes Hanna with Caught In The Mxyzptik EP, referencing the Superman comic book anti-hero Mister Mxyzptlk. The four tracks give nods to hip-hop and RnB and come equipped with Hanna’s usual weighty basslines, crunchy percussion and meandering keys. The track being premiered, ‘Chasing The Sunset’, even has a link to the balearics, perhaps Williams’ own connection to Shall Not Fade’s more sunny sister label Lost Palms. Caught In The Mxyzptik is another assertion in 2017 that Hanna is not bowing out just yet to see out his years as a tennis coach. There’s still a lot more left in the tank and the quality shows no sign of wavering.
Caught In The Mxyzptik EP December 15th – buy from Bandcamp.