12", 2 x Vinyl, Album
Jimmy Batt – Retrospection LP
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Commemorating their 10th release OPIA Records turn out a double disc LP from one half of Solär Sound System, Jimmy Batt. The “Retrospection” LP consists of live and direct rave nostalgia with a modern twist, an all round masterclass in production, complimented by a remix from the highly respected, DMX Krew.
Opener “Rainbow Road” immediately ignites the LP, starting as it means to go on, old school drums, and 80s style synths bringing the noise. “Data X” is a serious encounter, liquid like pads pouring into every surface. Coming in with real tenacity is “Inception” constructed for the murky peak times of the club, an enormous sound. The DMX Krew remix of “Inception” stays grounded with its acid tones, a steady and moody affair from one of the finest to ever do it.
The C side is a trip in itself, taking you through the motions. “First Level” creeps into an Italo-eseque ride, a smooth journey with depth and emotion, light on its feet, preparing you for the “Next Level” which picks up the pace slightly, killer electro funk elevating you to the “Final Boss”, which is as mysterious as it is playful. Each of the stages telling their own tale.
As the LP almost draws to a close you are presented with “Objet Violent Non Identifié” another intriguing quest of pacey retro goodness. Completing OPIA010 is “Like A Star” an instant after party classic to make you feel good, rounding this off as an accomplished body of work.
The aptly named “Retrospection” LP soaks in influences from the past, but simultaneously propels the sounds of the future. A fantastic outing from the studio wizard for his debut album and first solo release, marking this milestone of the London label.