With summer fast approaching, Suol has decided to get ahead of the game with an EP chock full of sweltering, sun-kissed deep house treats. Atjazz kicks things off with the rich chord progressions, lilting synthesizer melodies and bouncy drums of sunset-friendly shuffler "Programme Sunlight", before label regulars Chopstick and Johnjon serve up the similarly positive and breezy "Last Night". Elsewhere, Matthias Vogt cranks out the languid, life-affirming pianos and blissful electronics on Balearic house gem "Chanterelle", M.Ono delivers a loved-up twist on loopy disco house, and Carlo drops a chunk of bumpin', bass-heavy goodness blessed with sun-bright guitar flourishes. Best of all, though, is Meggy and Tigerskin's "Bygone Eras", a slick and sultry chunk of sun-bright modern soul.
One half of Motorcitysoul leaves his love of deep house at the studio door. Indeed, Vogt shows affiliations to other sounds and styles from the past here: the menacing purr of the title track's bass line comes across as a streamlined interpretation of Resse low end menace, while the arrangement builds and sweeps its way through an icy synth melody that would not have sounded out of place on a vintage Kompakt record. The remix is less dramatic: Vogt has lowered the tempo and the beats tumble along in tune with a bouncier arrangement - but the influence of Kevin Saunderson lingers as the bass rumbles in the background.
This four-tracker from Matthias Vogt is worth checking for lead cut "S-Cat", which brilliantly combines a range of disparate house influences. We can hear echoes of both Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams" and Iz & Diz's boompty classic "Mouth", alongside sci-fi melodies and deliciously deep keys. It's an alluring combination. "Under The Radar" offers more straight-up fluid deepness, albeit with stargazing melodies that evoke memories of early bleep techno. It's weirdly calming, despite a solid dancefloor pulse. The Flow steps up on remix duties, adding a dose of dubbiness and some cute production touches that really bring out the original's flowery piano touches. Most pleasing.
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