Collaboration specialist Phil Dairmount (boss of A Room With A View) delivers another joint enterprise. This time round, he's joined forces with label regular Matti Nowakowski for a spot of treacle-thick, jazz-flecked late night deep house. "Dust Devil" is pretty energetic, despite its 117 BPM tempo, and sits somewhere between hissing jazz-house and the twinkling, atmospheric deepness of Mr Beatnick. It should appeal to anyone with time for either Moodymann or the more organic works of Motor City Drum Ensemble. The package also includes a drum-heavy dub that strips the track right back to its bare bones, alternating between the heavy percussion and crackly chords.
While its releases have so far been sporadic, Hamburg's Room With A View has an impressive pedigree. Under the watchful eye of owner and A&R man Phil Dairmount, the label has proved a constant source of quality house and techno over the last three years - as this 15-track retrospective neatly shows. There's much to admire, not least Dairmount's overriding passion for machine soul. Everything here is touched by raw, electronic beauty, be it spine-tingling vocal techno (the wonderful Sebastien San/Aaron Carl collaboration "Faces"), Larry Heard-ish Chicagoan deepness (Motor City Drum Ensemble), melancholic futurism (Sasse, Basic Soul Unit) or smooth deep house (Art Of Tones).