Astir Presents Miami 2018
Label: ASTIR Recordings
Release date: 2018-03-16
Catalog number: ASTIR006
After a successful five releases, ASTIR recordings delves into the world of the compilation mix for their first Miami collection. With 14 tracks from new and established artists covering everything from Ambient / Downtempo to Techno via Deep House and Progressive there’s something to pique everyone’s interest.
The track selection began in earnest in early November. Slowly the tracks came in, all undergoing the same rigorous A&R processes, deep conversations between ASTIR and some interested parties began to take shape. One such conversation was with Bedrock resident and compilation mix ninja, Phil ‘Moonface’ Thompson. Long-time friend of ASTIR, Phil jumped at the opportunity offering two exclusive cuts for the final mix.
“I do love the label compilations and wish more labels did them. I grew up on the Moving Shadow demos you could buy for 99p in HMV to promote all the releases. I see the same for a continuous mix…”
Having enjoyed over 20 years at the top of the UK underground scene, Phil seemed like the perfect choice to realise the ASTIR sound in mix form. Plucked from relative obscurity in his hometown of Southampton by John Digweed after he warmed up at a Northern Exposure night, Phil travelled the World for much of the 90s and early 00s with the Bedrock brand playing to some of the most musically diverse crowds you could imagine.
Equally at home in the studio, his tracks have now become collector’s items and feature on many compilation mixes, from Balance 006 to Global Underground’s NuBreed, as well as mixing a disk on Bedrock’s Layered Sounds with Digweed himself.
From the relative calm of Audioglider’s Out of the Blocks and The Wolf to the Soulful DnB of Drew Miller, ASTIR presents Miami 2018 is a different kind of compilation. Preferring the classic ‘All Killer, No Filler’ mentality, each track was carefully considered to reflect all the musical passions of label and contains exclusive output from highly regarded artists such as Sean McClellan, Bonzai regular Crocy, Axon and Gibbon label heads, Chris Johnson and Benwaa, the mysterious Valentin Valko and two new tracks from ASTIR boss, Simon Huxtable under his Real Gone Kid guise.