While cynics might think that all you need to do to sell house records in 2012 is make them sound 20 years old, there's more to it than that. There are tons of US garage-influenced EPs around, but most of them don't pass muster. This newie from rising star Mikki Funk, though, is excellent. "Dub Fantasy" bristles with vintage elements, from the fluid synths and delay-laden vocals, to the stuccato drum machine rhythms of 1990s New York. The "Kool Vibe Dub" goes further in the same direction, sounding not unlike a vintage MK dub - all classic New Jersey organs and bumpin' beats. Bonus cut "I Ever", meanwhile, offers deeper grooves and some lovely synth bass.
Deep Down Slam's first 2014 release is a collaboration between London based producer Mikki Funk who already made a name to himself releasing on labels like Say Ahh & Music Is Love and should be already known to many of you and Berlin based producer Peer Du who makes his debut. Peer Du's Original mix of "So Close" featuring vocalist Marty Altmann is a deep warm vocalhouse number good for sunny days to come. Mikki Funk's remix of "So Close" comes more shuffled and has a great vibe with the uplifting drums and wicked bassline giving it the special uk garage house touch. Mikki Funk's "Take You There" is a beautiful downtempo number reminiscent of early house grooves. And finally "Master Groove" from Mikki Funk goes back in time and shows us his skills on the machines. Proper deep house vibes for da heads!