Very rarely does the packaging indicate so clearly what’s inside the sleeve. The sticker on Ian Pooley’s Studio A shows a framed photo of the Paradise Garage on a stark white wall with several thousands dollars worth of analog equipment including a Roland Space Echo tape delay and a DC-50 Digital Chorus casually stacked underneath it.

And on “Basic Juno” the aesthetic is made clear: stripped down percussion, huge chords and absolutely no bullshit. When the cymbals begin to flare, the track goes mental, the lights go out and its you and your mind in the dark with two dozen of your closest friends. I think that’s exactly the desired effect based on the next track, fittingly title “Close Your Eyes.” Another piece of rough-hewn deep house, Pooley’s production really shines as he fashions a ludicrously addictive track out of what sounds like an un-quantized beat box and a hook sampled from broken hunk of industrial machinery. The truth in advertising campaign continues on the blindingly squelchy Armando-esque “303 (2 Bars).”

Ian Pooley: Studio A (Rekids / September 2021 / 12″ Vinyl / Digital)
1. Ian Pooley: Basic Juno 06:07
2. Ian Pooley: Close Your Eyes 05:55
3. Ian Pooley: 303 (2 Bars) 05:42

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.



This was originally published in #FutureShock: 5 Mag Issue #193 with Oona Dahl, Art of Tones, More Ghost Than Man and more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for as little as $1 per issue.