More proof that Mexico's where it's at arrives in the shape of a devilishly delicious deep house EP from Tijuana-based producer Antonio Areedondo. All four tracks come laden with smoky atmospherics, evoking images of slow walks down Mexican beaches and hazy late night trysts in steamy basement clubs. Lead cut "Bella Ella" fuses melodic deepness with slick nu-disco grooves (not to mention the odd burst of Latin trumpet), while "That Thing" layers sweet jazz guitar and soulful vocal samples over dreamy pads and beach-friendly grooves. The dubbier "Infunk" is pleasingly intoxifying - think warm pads, jaunty percussion and sneaky "Big Fun" vocal samples - while "Shannon" turns "Let The Music Play" into an unlikely, piano-laden deep house gem.
Here, rising star Max Lyazgin makes his debut on Bust A Dub, one of the labels responsible for Mexico's recent nu-disco movement. Lyazgin's trademark style - a baggy blend of shuffling deep house and breezy, vaguely Balearic nu-disco - perfectly matches the label's laidback but floor-friendly approach. This EP shows him at his melodic best, overlaying comfy chords, twinkling melodies and lazy jazz guitars over roomy deep house grooves. "Listopad" sounds like George Benson jamming with Crazy P and Aeroplane (circa "Caramellas"), whilst "Gentle Killer" is pleasingly intricate in its pursuit of hazy thrills. "Deja vu", meanwhile, sounds like a long-lost 1980s Balearic pop B-side.