2015 has been a transitional year for 1080p. The Vancouver-based label has – up until Project Pablo’s I Want To Believe LP – been a cassette-only organization, with its taste for soft analogue dance music sitting very nicely on the warm, warp-prone confines of the 80s listening format.
Enter Earth Boys and their debut release, Welcome 2 Earth. It’s an EP that is not innovative per se – and it doesn’t try to be! – but it flies the flag for timeless house music so very well. The opening keys on ‘BK Melody’ are reminiscent of early deep house we all know and love, although far softer on the ears than much of early 90’s productions. This is one thing consistent throughout the EP: the production glides gently into one’s ears , demonstrating tasteful production skills whilst utilising gorgeous analogue instruments. Something that 1080p has always been solid at releasing.
‘Spring Fling’ is the high point on the record. The broken beat married to the horn riff evokes images of a truly groovy party with nice high ceilings to facilitate such gorgeous reverb. This quickly gives way for the stomping of ‘Catch Life’. The resonance of the gliding synths gradually opens up and the bass line drives alongside the sandpaper hats. A real atmospheric belter. 1080p are certain to carry on releasing in this style, and are making great waves for themselves if this is the quality to expect from future pressings. Real timeless music for the 2015 house head. Don’t sleep!
Welcome To Earth is out now and available digitally from the 1080p Bandcamp and on vinyl form most online store.