Tommy Rawson releases are sporadic but always high quality. As a former member of the Souled duo who ran the excellent Fresh Minute label – he’s been around the more tropical end of UK house and broken beat for many years and this, his first full release for Bergerac ushers forth a new level in his sound.

This whole record is a masterclass in post bruk, forward thinking, shining, bright UK dance music. Unmatched in emotion and vibes.

Deep Blue is quite simply the sound of the summer. Sun drenched, euphoric and soaring. Broken but not broken, 4/4 but not quite housey. Jazzy, soulful….yeah…. It was the highlight of Red Rack’ems Olive Grove closing set at Love International last year when it provided the most halcyon of moments. Live trumpet from Vicky Flint and a whole bag of vibes from Tommy Rawson. This is a classic. Trust.

Past Tense is a super tropical African tinged house stomper which shows Tommys love of sunshine vibes once more with acres of space, insistent chants, dubby pianos and a tinge of Jungle roller bass.

The final track Into The Future takes us into almost Blade Runner-esque orchestral emotion but with a kind of Balearic feel tucked in there too. Beautiful, lilting, emotional memories. You can feel so much love in this track. Such a special record. Buy it. Love it. Treasure it.

DJ Support from Jimpster, Simbad, Detroit Swindle, Tensnake, Ame, Horse Meat Disco.




Artist: Tommy Rawson
Title: Deep Blue EP
Label: Bergerac
Release: September 26th, 2018
Format: Vinyl
Catalog: BERG010


– rider
Davey Schacherl
Contributing Editor