For those who like to dig a little deeper, Ben Sun has long been a name to keep a hawkish eye on in deep house circles. Although "Salty Tears" is considered by most to be the London based producer's breakthrough track, his potential was first seen on the ephemeral delights of 2009's "When You Looked". Both of those tracks were released on the Voyeurhythm imprint he runs with Tyson Ballard and Megadon Betamax, and his arrival on Delusions Of Grandeur feels like a significant step towards wider appreciation. The Love Momentum EP sees "You Should Know Better" sprawled across the A Side, and it's hard not to think of KDJ when soaking in the jazzy key samples that form the backbone of the track alongside a deliciously clipped vocal sample, strings, horns and the dustiest of beats. "Yesterlife" on the flip is all about the 909 hats and hanging chords, while "Love Hotel", featuring Wolf + Lamb affiliated producer Slow Hands, features the kind of low slung bassline that has been the hallmark of many a Ben Sun jam.
While London-based Australian Ben Sun is a key member of the Voyeurhythm fam, this is his first solo EP proper, having previously shared vinyl space with a variety of label-mates. "Path of Non Attachment" is arguably his strongest track to date, too (although "When You Looked" still gets regular plays on the Juno office stereo). It eschews the loopy disco/house fusions of the past in favour of a formidably old skool sound that borrows heavily from classic Chicago and New York deep house - Mr Fingers or the Burrell Brothers re-imagined, if you will. It's backed by a couple of formidable remixes, too, with Manchester-based Detroit/Chicago fusionists Deep Space Orchestra offering up a decidedly analogue interpretation and Tyson Ballard and Vincenzo's delivering a contemporary deep house slow-burner. Highly recommended.