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Away from the Hammock District

Ian Blevins

Horden Colliery Country Club
HCCC001 | 2020-07-24  
A long-term project originally conceived in a small village in the north-east of England. Now with a residence permit and happily based in Berlin, Horden Colliery Country Club presents its first offering- The Away from the Hammock District EP.

Following a string of well received releases on Not an Animal, ESP Institute, MeMeMe and Future Boogie, Ian Blevins' label takes its name from his hometown of Horden, a former colliery village which shares the humour, warmth and occasional menace of the imprint's debut EP.

Opener Hammock is a no holds barred, dance floor primer which revels in its own magnetic immersion. A propulsive, nocturnal banger, side A of HCCC001 has much to offer in nine and a half minutes, its depths as euphoric as its peaks.
The B Side comes packing with a snappy remix from Edmondson, another Berlin based north-east England comrade, and owner of the sublime Lissoms label. Edmondson's version is a deep, jazzy number which lulls you into a false sense of security, sounding not unlike something Floating Points may be involved in.

Closing with You Are Alien, Ian plays on a more restrained pop sensibility, deployed with a distinct deftness of touch. Brimming with intent, there's still plenty going on here to drive it home.

Taken as a whole, Away from the Hammock District embodies the style of set Ian Blevins has become known for- perfectly balanced, controlled chaos with a massive bang. More to come.

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