After what feels like an age of phone-based negotiation and Northern barneys, ASOK finally joins the Lobster fam proper, blasting down from the icy territories and bringing the cold winds of UK rave of yore to the front of the queue.
Universe 3 is a glistening, glacially slow-moving ambient piece that shimmers and folds through the spectrum, with small sparkles and hints of twinkling optimism peppered into it’s spacial framework. The one that nearly got away, Track Four, is a crunchy, scourged techno drum heater that bangs the drum of enchantment whilst raising the spirits of long-long civilisations through spiritual pads and alien synth work.
Title track Virtual Light kicks off the flip. Built around a core of stolid deep house, but drawing on a solid template of NY house and central German deepness (think Joey Anderson meets Christopher Rau). Proper hazy, aquatic vibes into the dark depths. Lastly, and easily the artist and label fave, I Mean You No Harm arrives as a subtle reminder of the simplicity needed to conjure the heaviest moments. Essentially an enormous hardcore number just minus any form of breaks and stripped to the core. Nagging sirens and pitched wails sound off into the night air. A proper staggered basement weapon this!