Pinning down Canadian producer Sean Roman can be tricky. At times, his productions glisten with a hazy disco sensibility, while at others they recall the powdery fluidity of Art Department and the Visionquest crew. Here, he pops up on the ever-reliable Under The Shade imprint with a trio of touchy-feely tracks variously influenced by electrofunk, classic house, synth-pop, UK bass and Italo. While "Games" - all undulating synth bass, hazy vocals, subtle disco guitars and baggy groove - has the most crossover potential, it's the string-laden, late night bounce of "It Doesn't Matter". This soft focus rave revival theme is continued on "Blinders", which drapes exotic samples and dense percussion over a booming UK garage groove.
Having originally impressed with a string of drum and bass and hip-hop singles under the Mutt moniker, Toronto-based producer Sean Roman is now carving out a new career as a maker of unflinchingly hip, synth-heavy deep house. Following outings for Assembly and Hot Creations' Hot Waves spin-off, Roman pops up on Feast with two tracks that mine the fertile ground between touchy-feely deep house and synth-heavy nu-disco. Of the two, it's the Wolf + Lamb-ish "Bocuse" that most impresses, though the acid bleeps and autotune vocal cut-ups of "Moan" are formidably addictive. Remixers MANIK provide something for the garage heads with an acid house/UK funky smash-up, while fellow hipsters Waifs & Strays drop some sparkling house in a Futureboogie style.