This is a very promising debut from new German deep house imprint One Step Back Ahead. Their "thing" seems to be the kind of sumptuous, floor-friendly "eyes-wide-shut" deep house that appeals to both serious heads and newcomers. Certainly, there's much to admire in the sultry, minor key chords and hissing cymbals of Alex Bayer's "9 to 5", while David Silver's "Solution" is a lesson in the possibilities of sparse, late night tech-house. There's more touchy-feely strings and effortless deepness from Dynamodyse, while David Goldberg impresses with his "Deep Burnt"-ish "Untitled".
Last year, Belgian imprint We Play House announced plans to release ten singles on 10" vinyl, each of which would subsequently be released digitally. Here, they present the download version of the second installment of TEN, with Mathias Schmitt delivering tracks under two different aliases. First he dons the Dynamodyse guise for "Sincerely Truly Yours", a warm, clean and polished deep house/tech-house fusion that makes excellent use of long, drawn-out electric pianos chords and bubbly electronics. "Rose Of Jericho II" is credited to Schmitt's lesser-known SRF Inc. pseudonym, and sees him move further towards a classic, warehouse-friendly sound. While still pleasingly loose and vibrant, its' rolling riffs and electronic stabs recall the halcyon days of hypnotic house.