After flitting between aliases and styles over the last few years, Aki "Neuroxcyde" Bergen finally releases his debut full length. That it's a cultured, well-crafted, beautifully structured set of finely honed deep house is the first of many surprises. Via the use of cute interludes, live instrumentation, sultry vocals, carefully chosen samples and (in true Italian house style) lots of organs, Bergen offers up a groove-laden journey that will entertain both home listeners and late night dancers. While it works best in context - i.e. listened to from start to finish - there are still stand out dancefloor moments - not least the melodic hip-house deepness of the title track.
Here's a quick tip, free of charge: be careful when googling The Kink Collection. Aside from being a three-track collection of previously unreleased jams from deep house producer Kink, it's also the name of a range of rather racy G-strings. Musically, there's one or two racy moments on this Kink Collection - most notably the fluid lead cut "Psychefunk" - but also some pounding, acid-laden deep house funk. This comes in the form of Kink's excellent remix of Aki Bergen's "Shine", which is every bit as fuzzy, distorted and addictive as you'd expect. The smoother "Mood" is worth a listen too, if only for the cut-up stabs of woozy riffs.