Only a year since its inception and Dairmount’s label is already up to its fourth Perspectives release, this time featuring seven essential deep house cuts from John Berg, Joel Alter and Franklin De Costa among others. The unstoppable Motor City Drum Ensemble kicks things off in a classic fashion, paying tribute to the legendary Mr Fingers with the heart stopping beauty of “Moving Through Clouds”. Andre Lodemann’s “Dark Edge” gets the dub treatment from Berardi and Dairmount himself, switching successfully between strung out and atmospheric chords and tight arpeggio hits.
Hiro’s perspective on Art of Tones’s “Breaking Bad” brings in soft sirens sweeps that liven up the tune impressively and get you primed for the beat to drop back in again. Joel Alter hooks up with Eric D. Clark for “Ride With Me”, a vocal standout that has the confidence to ride a simple bass pattern and one-note strings for absolutely ages, all thanks to some infectious drums and some superb arrangements. Pinku Vaaty’s “Forest Interface” is warmer and more immediate, with an epic intro that breaks out into a funky jacking beat that’ll never go out of fashion. John Berg’s “Stabs” is the natural choice to bring the collection to a close, as it conjures up a teary-eyed euphoria with filtered strings and deep basslines. As with everything Dairmount releases, it’s hard to praise it enough and this latest edition of Perspectives is a perfect way to round off a cracking first year.
Review: Oliver Keens