Stephen Lopkin – Southside Engineering [BK016]

Stephen Lopkin’s singular doses of electro-tinged house music have pretty much become Glasgow’s ‘finest”. While everyone else is out snoozing to some deep house and mild-mannered tech, this dude packs a punch each and every time he drops a new release onto our charts. Just in time for the year’s end, Lopkin drops Southside Engineering on the sublime Bokhari imprint, and these five metallic dance bombs are enough to make any serious Drexcyia fan think that, yes, there might be a way forwards after all! Full of adrenaline and electrifying swing, you can count on this gear to keep you up and running all night long – even the Ikpathua remix of “Light From Light” has its own particular way of expressing energy and a solid groove.

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Stephen Lopkin – Southside Engineering [BK016]

Sweely – The Time Has Come [BK015]

For it’s 15th release, Bokhari  introduce 3 timeless classics from the analogue jam master Sweely. Spanning raw warehouse grooves on ‘The time has come’, smooth heavy rolling bass and melodic keys on ‘Hangover Day’ and shuffling US garage beats and choppy vocals on ‘Wopp’, this release has something for everybody. Paterson steps in for Bokhari remix duties darkening up ‘The time has come’ with a driving bassline, off-worldly atmospheres and dusty keys.

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Sweely – The Time Has Come [BK015]

Hiver / Stephen Lopkin – Pillowhead [BK013]

Bokhari enlists Hiver and Stephen Lopkin for four impeccable cuts of deep dancefloor delight. Kicking the package off with aplomb, Hardware fanatics Hiver illustrate the power of simplicity on “Pillowhead”, submerging us in deepest tech-house joy through globular bass, hypnotic stabs and immersive textures. “Whatsoever” ups the pace a little and loses a touch of the rubbery bottom end, flying free with celestial pads, sweeping synths and emotive chords. Over on the flipside, Lopkin’s “Theme from SAPL” sounds like a missing cut from Autechre’s classic “Incunabula”, pairing Miami drum patterns and beefy bass with moody vocoder and chirping synths for a healthy dose of machine funk. Lopkin closes the set with the Garnier approved “Speedbird Heavy”, a perfectly realised excursion into deep and moody techno that’s just waiting to bounce of those warhouse walls.

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Hiver / Stephen Lopkin – Pillowhead [BK013]

VA – Bokhari Presents EP [BK012]

Another Various Artists special from the mighty Bokhari camp. Two fresh tracks from the Lord Lucan-esque disappearing Russian, Kirill Tipo. Creta Kano on the flip gives us a slice of electro that sounds like it could have been made in 1988, with a bassline that’ll be in your head for days. Joe Europe returns with another slice of deepness for those who like some musical content in their house.

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VA – Bokhari Presents EP [BK012]

Life Recorder / Semerka – Track Mood [BH008]

Another strong Bokhari release. Beautiful deep house tracks with a hint to early Chicago and bits of the mid 90’s IDM techno wave from the UK. Side a by Life Recorder and flip side by French producer Semerka (incl Fudge Fingas remix).

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Life Recorder / Semerka – Track Mood [BH008]