Published May 24, 2017Lots of house artists active in the early '90s are either long forgotten or else have gone on to churn out cheesy mainstream crimes against club music. Not DJ Nature, who house heads might remember as Nature Boy. The Ultimate Delusion EP is further proof of Milo Johnson's uncanny ability to drop solid house under whatever alias and in whatever decade he chooses.
The EP, released on the stellar Futureboogie imprint, peaks early with "Born Lifted." For fans of the early No More Hits pressings, it's down-tempo, Rhodes-laced house that chugs through some unexpected chord changes. The succeeding "My Life" and "What It Isn't" both show DJ Nature's quality control is still on point. Discordant synths rollick with airy elements on the former, and the latter pitches things down again. Not even a sax solo can derail the jazzy "What It Isn't."
If there's a weak point, it's the House Lite™ finale, "Loving U More." It lacks the rawness of the others and could probably be used in a commercial to sell a mid-size sedan or something. As an isolated low point, though, it speaks to the general strength of the Ultimate Delusion EP. (Futureboogie Recordings)