Moonshine Recordings – ‘Steppin’ Forward’ LP [VA]

MSLP002 digital cover

As the Moonshine back catalog continues to grow in both size and undeniable quality, the imprint has launched one of the finest campaigns to date with the ‘Steppin’ Forward’ VA LP.  The anticipation of this release has been surging through the underground community, listeners and bloggers alike.  Having been fortunate enough to receive an early copy, I don’t think there has been a day in the past three weeks that I haven’t played at least half of the album.  During my long commutes home from university, sitting in the standard Los Angeles traffic, this album has played an integral role in me not wanting to roundhouse-kick nearly everybody on the highway while simultaneously throwing hand grenades during my acrobatics.  For that, I thank Moonshine and every artist featured deeply.  ‘Steppin’ Forward’ brings a plethora of new – to Moonshine – talent (Compa, OSC, Numa Crew, Adam Prescott, and Dubsworth, among others)  under the label’s umbrella, which is likely an indication of what us listeners can expect to see in the coming year as far as releases.  I’ve mentioned a couple of my favorite tracks below, but make sure you bag this LP, whether you’re a vinyl or digital head, because each track is top-shelf business.

My absolute favorite off this release is Numa Crew’s ‘Knowledge’.  The swinging halfstep percussion provides perfect avenue for the syncopated collection of delayed vocals and horns to drift in and out of the mix.  The LFO pressure on the sub is immense and injects a lasting amount of energy into the listener with its single bar presence.  Compa’s ‘One Lion’ is another one of my favorites.  It’s spacious aesthetic and rolling bongo hits invoke a seamless listening experience, while the vocal processing adds an element of introspect that always gets my mind moving in the right direction.  The last I’ll mention is Hatti Vatti ft. Cian Finn – ‘Education’.  This one will prove to be a prolific anthem simply due to the profound message of Cian Finn’s vocals.  Everybody, including myself, would be wise to remember these words when in times of defeat or struggle.

Make sure to listen below, as Moonshine has put up clips of the entire album to preview.  I’ve also included links to pre-order (vinyl) or keep your eye on for the release date – March 24th.



That’s it for today, I’ll catch you soon, fam’.  One love.

– Kinman


Hatti Vatti – ‘Worship Nothing’ LP [New Moon Recordings]



The day I got this release in my inbox was one of pure joy.  Following the powerfully weighty single from The Illuminated & TMSV, New Moon and Hatti Vatti put forth something in a vein completely opposite.  The release plunges into moments of melancholy, as seen in ‘Ae’ with Synkro, and uplifts back into a flash of warmth as Cian Finn softly reminds us it’s a wonderful world.  Then, transported to a distant realm of ambient tones and dreamy progressions with works like ‘Synthesis’, the journey continues.  The brilliant, and often subtle placement of vocal clips throughout this album provide an avenue for each listener to interpret and apply meaning relevant to their experience, opening a dimension beyond the standard subjectivity in purely instrumental music.   This is a true album, in the sense that it should be enjoyed from beginning to end as it tells a story and curates an intrinsic  experience.  It’s a truly beautiful piece of work that I would recommend to everyone.  Check out below for a couple of previews, hopefully they will release more for you guys before the album drops!




  1. Ae
  2. Struggle ft. Sara Brylewska
  3. Tokyo ft. Synkro
  4. 72 Dub
  5. Wonderful World ft. Cian Finn
  6. Sopot
  7. Synthesis
  8. Treasure
  9. Nights ft. Versa
  10. Black Flowers
  11. Worship Nothing
  12. 1ne


One love.

– Kinman