French label Minibar delivers a high-quality minimal release from Ben Vedren. The title track manages to host dark and light moods as a repetitive rhythm track supports lithe drums that skit across an atmospheric chord sequences like clouds blown about on a windy day. The inclusion of a waif-like vocal tips the balance in the favour of the track's deeper elements. As its title suggests, "More Dub" is based on a tracky, dubby groove with half-heard vocals and tight claps also populating the arrangement, but Vedren takes it back to a more musical place for "I Know You More", with a massive chord sequence breaking down over a tight rolling backing track.
France's Silver Network has been providing listeners with quality deep house since 1999, but in recent years new releases have been few and far between. Their first missive of 2015 comes from Minibar regular Ben Verden. "Them" sees him in fine form, delivering an "everything but the kitchen sink" deep house chugger built around sorrowful pianos, tactile rhythms, swooping strings and all manner of densely layered samples. It's accompanied by two fine remixes: a choppy, boompty-influenced roller from Chris Carrier, and a rare rework from "the prince of dance music" himself, Elbee Bad. The latter is in typically eccentric form, delivering the kind of wonky, bass-heavy, analogue-rich interpretation that will have even experienced DJs scratching their heads in giddy bemusement.