Section 8’s From Melbourne, With Love has irresistible groove

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Section 8’s From Melbourne, With Love has irresistible groove

Words by Bryget Chrisfield

A nine-track curation of unreleased tracks by Section 8-approved local artists, From Melbourne, With Love (as the title suggests) is “a love letter to the city’s vibrant music culture”.

And this Melbourne institution’s aim for their inaugural vinyl release was to “make a record that was something you could cook a nice meal to or lay back on the couch and chill to”.

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Soothing, harmonised “OOOoooh-oh-oh”s and crisp fingersnaps glide through Water (Nikodimos and Elysia), before a cheeky flute solo carries this pulsing opener away. “We dive through deep water” – Adam’s ale also permeates Get The Gold (walla C feat. Thamson. P), with Thamson. P’s rhythmic flow and what sound like wind chimes twinkling in the mix.

Love Come Round (Local Knowledge feat. Emma Volard) boasts an irresistible, laidback groove – is it beergarden weather yet? And is that a Roots Manuva sample – “Well well well” from Witness (1 Hope) – we detect in the funky, brass-infused Amnesia Haze (Amin Payne feat. OJ KUSH)? During the closing Fire (Culture Evolves), didge vibrations and birdsong transport us out bush.

“Section 8/ Watch me as I levitate” – SADIVA drops a pin during the floaty highlight, Hold Me Down (feat. Soul Journal). And can we picture ourselves at this hip inner-city container bar, perched on a repurposed crate, cradling a generous pour of wine while soaking up these sounds? Hell, yeah.

Label: Section 8
Release date: Out now, available via Bandcamp