Boo Williams – Outer Limits

8.5

December may have brought quite a few things to be sad about; the political situation is a complete and utter mess, the bitter coldness is upon us, the days are depressingly short, and perhaps the thought of dealing with a racist relative over a plate of Brussels sprouts is dampening any remaining festive cheer you can muster up.

Luckily, the escapism of music is a timeless gift that is here to save us all, and the extremely bouncy spirit of Outer Limits is the perfect antidote to glumness (albeit for a mere glorious seven minutes).

This exciting latest release from Boo Williams adds yet another notch to an extensive discography of anthemic tracks that he has amassed over a career spanning just shy of four decades. Starting off in 1981 influenced by the likes of Ron Hardy, he is widely acclaimed as having had a leading role in the second wave of Chicago’s house movement from the mid to late nineties, most importantly due to his work with the legendary Glenn Underground (whose tracks Williams continues to spin, such as in this Boiler Room set). He’s a key player in the game, which has earnt him regular spots at the greats like Panorama Bar, Fabric and Tresor, and he has put out tracks on numerous labels, ranging from Rush Hour to the Dutch imprint Djax.

In 1996, he released under the alias of Moon Man, suggesting himself in an interview with Fabric that this was because he feels on another planet when making music. The name of his new label, Boo Moonman, certainly pays homage to this, making Outer Limits the perfect debut as the pushing beats transcend through space and time to deliver a timeless punch. In just one seven minute track, Williams encapsulates all the twists and turns that we would hope for from an EP, showcasing his established skillset honed by years in the business. The snares slide in amongst the oscillating acid beats and the grounding bass line that marks its roots in Chicago house, culminating in a full-blown and extremely bouncy climax.

Outer Limits marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Boo Williams’ career, and if this EP is anything to go by, certainly one we will all want to stick around to hear.