Too often we get tracks paired with brooding descriptions, promising “club driven sounds”, “music for dark rooms”, “traxx for smokey warehouses” – all conjuring up a rather dystopian view of armies of techno Vikings stomping along to something in a sweat box lit only by the odd Shazam-wielding ID fiend. Do we not dance anywhere else? Where is the soundtrack to whirling around in a moonlit forest clearing?
One answer is the latest release from Andy Hart’s perfectly titled Voyage Recordings, courtesy of Urulu. Keeping with the label’s extraterrestrial themes, ‘Orion’ is a track made for dancing in the great outdoors, opening with sparse percussion, cicadas and bird song, before the warm familiar embrace of a kick drum, woozy pads and a wandering bassline. It’s no wonder tracks like these are given a foot up in Australia’s blossoming scene, where free outdoor parties still reign supreme. Hopefully, with 34,000 people signing a petition to bring them back to the UK we may soon be back in the clearings. When it doesn’t rain.