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A DJ and producer originally from Shetland says one of his dreams has become a reality after releasing music on vinyl across the world.

Jack Hardie.

Jack Hardie, who works under the name of Bolam, has just released his Suspended Animation EP on Alien Communications’ sub-label Space Dust.

It is Hardie’s first vinyl release – something that he said has been a long-term ambition.

“I’m super excited to have a vinyl released all across the world, a real physical item with my name on it,” he said.

“I can’t thank the label enough for giving me this opportunity, believing in my music and making the dream a reality.”

Hardie, who currently lives in Sweden, said the tracks were written during the UK lockdown in March and April.

“I wanted to create another world that I could inhabit amidst all the worry and uncertainty, so a lot of emotion and hope was poured into this EP.”

The blurb for the release says it is “as well-rounded as it is diverse”, with the opening track featuring “high-energy drums and rich, optimistic synths leading into a euphoric crescendo, all locked together with a fat, bobbing bassline”.

It has been something of a success story for Hardie’s music since he left Shetland in 2016, with coverage in the esteemed DJ Mag, which has three million people following its Facebook page, a particular highlight.