DJ Sonikku debuts on Distant Hawaii with three sparkling, island-hopping balearic house joints from the heart of a deep jungle-smattered paradise.
Dreamed up from within the internet-scorched mind of Tony Donson, his DJ Sonikku alias sees him utilise Sega's heralded yet mildly-ancient 16-bit Megadrive console as a proto-MPC platform from which to assemble his tropical-tinged house sound.
'Land Of Sky' bumps under sandalled foot with a tough-as-hell drum pattern that crunches and skitters below luminous, cloud-strewn synths; only punctured by a wild and hugely over-excited FM bassline.
'On The Rocks' is a more laid back stroll across lackadaisical beach-scapes, hand stroking palms and gently diving into turtle inhabited waters. Pure lush tropical house with a tinker-toy Vancouver-inspired edge.
Title track and closer 'Secret Island' is the vacation finale; a yearning, heart-warming trip through cloud city that really stretches the magical elements of Donson's sound into pure house-werk nostalgia.
released February 5, 2016
Production & Arrangement by Tony Donson
Additional Engineering by Yamaha YM2612
Mastered at D&M
Original photography by James Phipps
Design by Cecilia Martinez & J Asquith