Soul Trader has swiftly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, having launched less than a year ago and dropping pure gold every EP. Saxxon takes the title credit with the powerful piano-rolling jazz jam "Blue Harbour" that's underpinned with just a mild mischievous wobble. From here Spearhead bossman Bcee takes the wheel and drives the rest of this multi-artist EP behemoth home. "Only You" loops up the funk with Troutman proportions, "Understanding" is a full-on male vocal workout with big gospel guts while his three-way with Saxxon and Surplus "Tripped Up" takes a minimal synth Q&A and peppers it with spacey vocal echoes and light pianos. Soul Trader's stock is high right now.
MLH president Danny Rich returns with another late night soul-edged roller that fuses down the best elements of various styles; the bassline has just a smidgeon of jump up grit, the star-gazing synths and purring bass have that deep, cosmic texture while the vocal element adds the right amount of liquid charm. A really cool transition tune that no playlist should be without. Remix-wise DJ Direct lays down a chunky bass-tech house twist a la My Nu Leng. Vibey.