The second part in the Hudd Traxx 10th Anniversary 'Now & Then' compilation sees tracks from Luna City Express, Sek, Iz & Diz and Rick Wade. Berlin duo Luna City Express serve up a lush deep house groove that builds throughout the track, and will bring a smile to the faces of those who follow them on their beloved Moon Habour Recordings. Sek uses slick beats, trippy leads, a driving bassline and some 'Thug life' vocals to ensure this one has 'future classic' written all over it. Go back in time (to 2006 to be precise) on the 'Then' side to find Iz & Diz's 'Happy'. The words 'epic' & 'journey' are often misused in music but both can be mentioned about this track. It had devastating effect on first release and is set to do the same again nearly 10 years later. Rick Wade closes things out in fine style to fly the Detroit flag on an all Chicago / Detroit side.
Beard-sporting Greek deep houser SEK pops up on the always-reliable Lost My Dog, with a four-track assault that ticks many boxes. Lead cut "These Days" leads the way, offering a murky deep houser that achieves just the right balance between low-slung bassline pressure, pleasant deepness and late night jack. "West Coast Ride" ups the percussive pressure, flitting between chopped-up pianos, familiar hip-hop samples and woozy chords, while "Tears & Sweat" is a much jauntier trip into '90s house territory. "The Light", meanwhile, fuses calming pads and chords with skippy, garage-influenced drums and mutant bassline pressure.