Derek Carr – New Planets To Conquer EP (Distant Worlds)

Review by: Neil Martin

The second release on Distant Worlds sees it welcome Derek Carr to the roster, a producer who seems to be increasingly getting noticed, and rightly so. Having been releasing music for the best part of twenty years he fully deserves the attention.



“As you would expect this a four track of incredibly soulful machine funk”


‘Scisor’ opens the release with a strong kick drum and mesmerising, ethereal chords. What strikes me about this track as it develops is the amount of space that Derek manages to inhabit with his sounds, it really does take you away.



Along with the minimal use of acid this has a sublime groove. The sort of track easily at home on the dance floor or headphones. ‘Fading fast’ opens with slightly more Electro energy but that signature use of space is once again here in full.



Underpinning this is some really nice percussion allowing the track to develop superbly. This is an example as to why Derek is so lauded and respected on the underground scene, a perfect example of soulful Techno. ‘Wraith’ is pure fire. From the off you know this track means business.
That ethereal yet electronic sound that Derek and a few select others own is very much here, chords and a bass line to get everyone moving on the floor with a sense of purpose. Love this, proper forward Detroit influenced Techno.



Closing out this stellar release is ‘Sunrise in System’ that sees the tempo slow with no reduction in the quality at all. Showcasing what a versatile sound he has. This is simply gorgeous music. This tune just makes me smile, such a happy feel to it and a beautiful way to end this release.



Two names, both Derek Carr and Distant Worlds proving why they are ones to buy on sight. This is proper electronics from the soul, for the soul.

As they say ‘don’t sleep’