North America has never been left off the list of attractions for quality house and techno, and although its biggest selling points are usually New York, Detroit and Chicago, it has a bunch more to offer. One of its overlooked gems is no doubt San Francisco, home to Josh Cheon and his Dark Entries label. The record label has previously released music from Cardopusher, Patrick Cowley, Red Axes and Severed Heads, and this month brought the debut album from fellow San Fran native Vin Sol.
Depending on how far you bother to dig amongst the intricate sub-genres of house, you might know Vin from his releases with Clone and Nonplus Records, or for founding several labels himself including Soo Wavey alongside Matrixxman or Club Lonely with Primo Pitino and Jeremy Castillo. Titled Planet Trash, the record includes ten tracks, nine of which come via a double 12″ pack, and the tenth being exclusive to a bonus flexi-disc. He worked on the album through the winter of 2017 as a means to disconnect from the internet way of life and the 24-hour news cycle that bombards us through the many screens we face throughout the day. Finally heading off the Berlin to finish it off he worked with long-time collaborator Matrixxman on one track ‘Bottom Of The Hill’. Across the other inclusions, you can find a well-measured blend of acid house, clean cut electro and ambient electronica.
Where to start:
’Misguided Until Today’ – Rhythmic acid and retro synth strikes
‘Dissident’ – A lofi driven ambience with intriguing chords
‘Bottom Of The Hill’ – A dancefloor weapon that features Matrixxman
Previous from Vin Sol:
808 Tele Funk EP (2019, Jupiter4)
Dance Trax, Vol.5 (2017, Dance Trax)
If you like this then check out:
Matrixxman – Homesick (2015, Ghostly International)
Chambray – Reliev (2016, Ultramajic)
Vin Sol’s Planet Trash LP is out now on Dark Entries.