Island Rescue EP

A 5 track nu-disco ep (21m 30s) — released March 4th 2013 on A Kind Of Presence

The debut release of new Diskotopia sub-label A Kind Of Presence, Island Rescue marks the first outing from San Francisco-based Dan Judd under his Sorcerer alias in three years. With two acclaimed albums, plus the hit 12" single "Surfing At Midnight" (backed with a Prins Thomas remix) released on seminal UK label Tirk Records, Sorcerer has already established himself as one of the top Balearic/Cosmic Disco producers around. His work with live dance group SHOCK and his collaborative project with Hatchback as Windsurf are further testament to this status.

This release sees Sorcerer returning at the top of his game, fusing his trademark slow-burning guitar, drum machine and synthesizer grooves with influences gleaned from 70s Afro-funk tapes for three new original tracks.

The opening title track of Island Rescue mixes a pulsing organ riff reminiscent of Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams" with delicately choral synth stabs and guitar that combines Knight Rider-esque rhythm and highlife-inflected lead parts. The track builds throughout, layering cosmic delay and moody clavinet, conjuring an atmosphere at once tense and soothingly intoxicating.

The most immediately "Balearic" of the EP's three new original tracks, Cobra Coven is also marked out by its lilting lead guitar licks and hazy synth washes. The track's latter stages present a slightly woozy and sinister undertow to the sun-bleached bliss-out, something also hinted at by its title. A perfect soundtrack to imaginary tropical conspiracies and seaborne espionage.

Heartbreakers again combines a sense of rhythmic urgency with one of ecstatic dreaminess. Overlaying hints of Metro Area's taut minimalism with the lush sensuality of Sorcerer's trademark sound, staccato synth stabs and Nile Rogers-via-King Sunny Ade guitar melt into swooning pads and sweeping delay, before a John Barry twang brings the track home.

The two remixes rounding out the EP take dramatically different directions. Anonymous producer Myakkah highlights the minimal house elements of the EP's title track, filtering them through his hard-edged NY-influenced sound, whilst Greeen Linez take Cobra Coven to crystalline City Pop heaven, ramping up the original's sense of sun-drenched ecstasy to fever pitch.

Sounds great and a definite return to form. Love it! - Jon Tye Lo Recordings / Seahawks

The Myakkah remix is great! Myakkah every time! - Gold Panda Ghostly International/Notown/K7!

Love the Sorcerer stuff! - Ben Cook Fucked Up/Yacht Club/Young Governor

Nice work! Sounds good! - Magic Touch 100% Silk / Mi Ami

Greeen Linez Remix is fantastic! - Deech Activia Benz

I'm digging this release. Spellbinding! - Philip Sherburne SPIN / Resident Advisor

Cool release! - Daisy Hyde The Wire

Two of our favorite producers join forces on this magical Greeen Linez remix of Sorcerer’s “Cobra Coven”. - All Things Go Washington based music site

Pretty much the best thing ever. - Dance 'Til You're Dead

The perfect soundtrack for that midnight drive. - Boston Hassle

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