Dj Sonikku – Secret Island


Format – 12″EP
Label – Distant Hawaii
Genre – Electronic ; Deep House


A1 – Land of Sky
A2 – On the Rocks
B1 – Secret Island

DJ Sonikku, Donson uses the Sega Mega Drive’s Yamaha YM2612 sound chip to make 16-bit house tracks with a distinct ‘80s slant. The result is more than great, it perfectly fits the bill.

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Lobster Theremin’s Distant Hawaii offshoot, launched earlier this year with a fine EP from Hidden Spheres, seems to have been designed to offer a colourful, vibrant alternative to its’ parent label’s dystopian techno. Certainly, the bubbly and deliciously positive fare served up here by debutant Tony “DJ Sonikku” Donson perfectly fits the bill. Apparently it was partly created using a Sega Megadrive, and there’s definitely a 16-bit feel to the whistle-happy percussion, drawn-out chords and cheery melodies of “Secret Island”. The other two tracks are equally Balearic in outlook, variously utilizing sampled slap-bass notes, synthesized steel drum melodies, classic New Jersey organs, and eyes-closed solos in a bid to squeeze maximum sun-drenched positivity from each moment.Tropical!

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Weight 0.28 kg


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