Review: Nice 1 Records launches with a sublime slice of deep house geared towards tender moments in the dance. We Are Syd's "Gently" in its original form is a smoky downtempo cut riding on a laid back broken beat, honey-coated keys and a powerful vocal turn from accomplished singer Shea Seger. The emphasis on this record is on the two stellar mixes from Baby Ford & Dazmos, leading on the A side with the hazy, old-school groove of the "Backroom Mix". Seger's husky delivery lingers in a mellifluous bed of pads and a classic, understated drum machine funk. On the flip, the "Frontroom Mix" bring the rhythm section to the forefront, letting the undulating bassline carry the track and splashing dubbed out flourishes in the mix for a spellbinding, club-ready end result.
Review: This is a single from an artist we're not overly familiar with, on a label we're also not massively familiar with. Neither of those things matter though when the music is as good as it is here. 'Wild Style' packs a fantastic set of well-layered drums which carry all the energy through the tune, energy which seeps into its creative low-frequency blend of wobbles and pulses which are literally dying to be played out through a sound system. 'Blasted Sound' is steppier, less fluid but more broken and sharper, with Benny L-esque bass stabs that ricochet from its hard-hitting drum line. Top tunes.