Denmark doesn't have a particularly good deep house pedigree. That said, Danish producer Desos seems to have some serious skills. "Ghetto Love", his second single on his own Deso Records, is a bit of a late night delight. Built around hypnotic low-end grooves and blessed with the sort of deep, jazzy musicality usually associated with Detroit producers, it's a real soft focus gem - admittedly with a bassline and beats that pack some real punch. Detroit Swindle remixes, adding some ragging acid tweakery and some complimentary new keys. It's good, but the original is still the killer cut.
Alex Agore - "Sit Down Thought Pattern" - (5:28) 119 BPM
Replika - "Turn Loose" - (6:13) 118 BPM
Chris Cheops - "Respect" - (6:13) 123 BPM
Deso Records rarely miss the mark, with each of their releases pushing forward an accessible but quality brand of deep house that stands out from the crowd. Here they deliver four more tried and tested cuts primed for dancefloor devastation. There's a a touch of early '90s Italian house about Alex Agore's organ and string laden bumper "Sit Down Thought Pattern", while label boss Desos impresses with the ultra deep, bass heavy "Sometimes" (think Gerd at his best, crossed with Rick Wilhite). Chris Cheops raises the energy levels on the stomping but fluid "Respect", while Replika provides a sub-busting chunk of deep garage goodness in the shape of "Turn Loose".
Maybe the title if this two-tracker is meant to be ironical. You see, the touchy-feely deep house contained within sounds like it was inspired not by sweaty nights rushing on the dancefloor, but endless evenings slaving over a Mac with several ounces of fragrant skunk. Michael McLardy's smooth, hypnotic opener "House Fly" is a case in point; despite the addition of some neat vocal samples and extra live percussion, it's still a toasty head-nodder. McLardy's "Reflection" follows a similar template, throwing in some cheery electric piano for a more summery vibe. Dudley Strangeways two contributions are a little more upbeat, whilst still retaining a stoned ear for melody (see "Sometimes Sideways") and lazy midtempo strut ("If You Will")