Review: Detroit veteran Miller, whose 25+ year production CV takes in the likes of Guidance, Distance, Nite Grooves and Planet E, is in African-inspired mode on this three-tracker for Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk. Opener 'Afro Grey' blends Afro, jazz and cosmic elements with classic house beats to create a 4am, eyes-wide-shut journey of a track. 'By The Way She Moves', which follows, is a more contemplative slice of electronic soul best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while closer 'One Way Back' treads similar ground to 'Afro Grey' musically but rides a tribal rhythm that leans towards broken beat.
Rise (feat Rachel Claudio - V Underground & Genvee Ultra Tone Rework mix) - (6:06) 123 BPM
Rise (feat Rachel Claudio - V underground & Genvee Ultra Tone mix) - (6:01) 123 BPM
Review: Over the last two decades, few deep house producers have built up quite as impressive a discography as Alton Miller. Even more impressively, the Detroit native continues to deliver superb material some 24 years after he made his debut. There's naturally plenty to enjoy here, from the Motor City futurism-meets-Ron Trent warmth of "For You (Instrumental Dub)" and gentle, life-affirming positivity of the sun-kissed "Move Me", to the soulful house meets tech-house thrills of Rachel Claudio collaboration, "Rise Me (Alton's FunkLab Mix)". The EP also includes a couple of fine, Osunlade style remixes of "Rise Me" by V Underground and GenVee Ultra Tone; both are smooth, soulful and pack genuine dancefloor punch.
All The Little Things (Patrice Scott mix) - (7:18) 124 BPM
Review: Following his well-received EP comeback "Analog Love" last year comes another sterling composition from Detroit veteran Alton Miller with the honeyed dulcets of singer Ree who comes on a strong like a young Amp Fiddler over Miller's restrained smooth chords. Then for an immense immersive Reedub where the vocals become sweet textures in a more freeform organ-led jam before fellow Detroiter Patrice Scott closes the show with a deep and dreamy refix. All the little things are adding up right here.
Review: Given the talent involved - Motor City deep house legend Alton Miller, with the similarly storied Theo Parrish on remix duties - this has "buy on sight" written all over it. Musically, it's as good as you'd expect. Miller's original version of "Bring Me Down", featuring the sauntering, soulful vocals of Maurissa Rose, is amongst the best things he's done of late; a sinewy, sensual deep house epic blessed with starry electronics, rolling beats, sweeping synths and rich bass. Parrish's similarly stretched-out translation is similarly sublime, fixing elements of Miller's fine original version to swinging, jazz-flecked beats, jammed-out Rhodes lines and typically dusty textures. Basically, it's as good as you'd expect, and then some. Don't sleep.