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Poshboy sounding British producer Felix Clary Weatherall is also known under the less posh name of Ross From Friends. But that's as far as the references to the strangely dated situation comedy go. He's been slowly unleashing sounds that reference old school house, hip-hop and Italo-dance and after releases on the likes of Lobster Theremin and Magicwire over the last few years and this is his first release on Brainfeeder.    

Staff note from Clinton:
The name might be a bit jokey but this is some seriously sweet stuff. Warm, lush and expertly produced electronica with laid back beats and the odd funky synth and bassline. Sleek warmtronics for summer nights. Best track: Don't Wake Dad. Totally gorgeous. Future classic.    

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12" EP on Brainfeeder.

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Aphelion EP by Ross From Friends
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 April 2018

5000 interruptions later I'm again half way through the sublime first track here 'Don't Wake Dad' which is the loveliest thing that has happened this year away from the sun coming out. You know, if this sun stays then this could be the soundtrack to my summer. A delicious loop of burbling warm electronics with some cut ups and the odd vocal snatch. Utterly love it. 

I don't understand the beginning of 'John Cage' which is a sort of relaxation tape but it soon erupts into a beautiful slice of sun drenched Balearic slo-mo house with a catchy vocal refrain. You can hear seagulls, you can smell the sea. God this is gorgeous....and it contains panpipes without irony.  

Funkier slightly is 'There's a Hole In My Heart' which drives along on a standard 4/4 beat with some vocoder vocals and 'March' is tight knit blooptronica still with that sundazed feel but by this point in the EP Ross is using more acid bleeps and electro beats. 

The first two tracks here are exceptional, the second two merely good. It's a very strong first release for Ross From Friends on Brainfeeder. He just has to sort that name out and he's made it. 

10/10 Hamish Customer rating (no review), 4th May 2018


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