Since launching last year, Mint Condition has served up essential reissues of material from Iz & Diz (as remixed by Pepe Bradock), Circulation, Plez and Technosoul. Here they've dug up another in-demand and hard-to-find gem, Paul Hester's 1997 UK tech-house classic The Voyage. The EP has aged remarkably well, with A-side The Voyage offering a near perfect blend of heavy analogue bass, swirling pads and shuffling, late night grooves.
Mint Condition's choice of material to reissue is always on-point. It would be fair to say that Blake Baxter's "When We Used To Play", which was first appeared on Kevin Saunderson's KMS imprint back in 1987, is another inspired choice. While not quite as celebrated as other early Motor City jams produced by the "Belleville Three" (messers Atkins, May and Saunderson), the "Original Extended Version" boasts all the hallmarks of the then developing Detroit techno sound (think crunchy drum machine beats, restless cymbals, undulating bass and a smattering of sci-fi melodies).