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Jeremiah R Castillo

Eight slices of atmospherics electronics come courtesy of an ascendant Dutch producer.
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Jeremiah H Castillo

With his debut pressing on Organic Analogue Records in 2013, Jeremiah R really hit the nail on the head: a collection of thoughtfully put-together outer-space electro (with a Gerald Donald remix to boot), it has quietly gained popularity over the years since. During that time, the Rotterdam-based producer has put out a handful of other well-constructed releases on a similar tip, while also broadening his output more recently to include disco- and funk-driven electronics via his Marvis Dee alias. Callisto is Jeremiah’s second outing on Glasgow’s Tabernacle Records, a label born out of basement parties in the city which has carried that spirit with a steady stream of old-school techno-related releases. It's a snug fit for his understated brand of electro-funk.

From the beatless chimes of opener “Chorus,” things quickly move up a notch with “Octavius,” an atmospheric 4/4 cut with an air of melancholy embedded in its eerie chorus. Title track “Callisto” is a spaced-out breaks number, which doesn’t leave much of an impression among the rest of the EP; on the other hand, clocking in at just over two minutes, “The Escape” is one of its finest moments. With a low-slung bassline set off by freaky echoes, it harks back to Dutch electro of years gone by, sounding something like a sexed-up Bunker Records release. The B-side opens in an equally grandiose manner with the reverberating “Baths,” before launching into “Swimmers,” an aquatic-themed cut with more than a hint of Drexciya running through it. It is the brilliant “Solstice” that is the closest example of Jeremiah’s earlier work—its a laid-back tune with optimistic chords that shimmer over a funky bassline—which leaves “The Deep” to round things off—which, by this time, begins to feel like a slight repetition of ideas.