Since debuting with an EP of Detroit revivalism on ClekClekBoom a couple of years back, Parisian DJ/producer Aleqs Notal has been touted as one to watch. Ascending Nodes is his first release of 2017, and switches from Detroit techno to melodious deep house. "Echoes" is a sublime piece of electronic machine soul, with cascading melody lines, fluttering synth solos and rich chords riding a smooth but skittish groove. It feels a little like a cross between Nu Guinea and Rick Wade, which is no bad thing. Carry on for the bongo-driven deep house dreaminess of "This Way", and the Larry Heard meets Ron Trent bliss of "Unhidden Blues". Notal is clearly a talented producer, but this EP proves that he also has the musicianship to match.