So here we have the long awaited follow up to 2001?s ?Advance? by Shur-I-kan. And not before time we thinks! Tom Szirtes has been a busy boy of late, putting the finishing touches to this latest gem of an LP as well as holding down his proper job designing video games.For those still unfamiliar with Shur-I-kan let me shed a little light. Tom is a classically trained pianist who caught the jazz bug whilst studying in Bristol. He soon found himself jamming with the likes of Portishead leading to support gigs for the likes of Tom Browne and Maceo Parker. However, it is composition and production that?s always been the mainstay of Tom's creativity and behind the scene he began work on his own solo LP. Drawing on his many influences from classical to jazz to hip-hop to house a unique sound started to form that is his Discerning Ear Productions.Tom's work was spotted by Tom Middleton when the pair happened to be Djing together. The release of the classic ?Niomi's Dream? on Middleton's Jedi's Night Out was a turning point and won many fans including Giles Peterson, Pete Lawrence, LTJ Bukem and Mixmaster Morris. Middleton subsequently introduced him to us here at Freerange and the rest is history. Since then Tom has become a widely respected producer in the nu jazz and deep house scenes and has been traveling the world pushing his unique sound whether it be through Djing or with his live band. ?Waypoints? carries on from where ?Advance? left off, pursuing a deep and musical journey which spans many styles with surprising ease. This one isn?t for your fashion purists or trendy electro-something-or-other punks. In fact, they?ll fucking hate it! This is an album that?s actually nice to listen to, is made with a bit of tlc, skill and talent, and will make you want to come back for more. Time and time again?.The first single to be taken from the album was ?Generations? which got some great feedback from the likes of Patrick Forge, Mr Scruff, Ben Watt & Ralph Lawson.and we?re sure the upcoming remix EP containing Brett Johnson?s killer house mix of Generations and Larry Heard?s lush, deep Mr Fingers mix of Searching will be equally well received. Look out for that on your door mat soon.