Having previously impressed with a chunk of delicious deep house jazz from Bristol-based twosome Behling & Simpson, Holland's Outernational has turned to another pairing for its latest release. This time round, it's German duo Glenn Astro and IMYRMiND at the controls, offering up one collaborative cut - the bassbin-bothering intergalactic deep house jam "Got Me Shakin" - and a trio of solo outings. Astro ratchets things up a notch on the hypnotic late night delight "Do My Thing" (all futuristic chords and bumpin' low end grooves), before delivering the becalmed, wide-eyed slow-house cut "UNTLD". In between, IMYRMiND (yes, that's how it's written) delivers a pleasing chunk of fluid, jazz-wise deep house goodness.
IMYRMiND's music has largely been a collaborative affair alongside Glenn Astro, and the pair have released solid, quality deep house for the likes of Odd Socks and Outernational, among other labels. This time, however, the artist goes on a solo mission through Tartelet Records, and he certainly delivers the goods in the form of four dystopian house tunes. "Tong Po" itself is a real spectacle, a stumbling mass of drums charged by cinematic synths and a deep bassline, whereas "Wanja 9000" is deeper, a tad slower, and in the same school as Kyle Hall's early output. "Upturn" reminds us of material on Unirhythm, while "Number Seven" goes for the ambient-house look - an odd, sublime piece of dance music.
Tartelet have called upon a serious spread of heads for this sprawling selection of funk-infused, loose and lively house jams. Glenn Astro & Imyrmind are wonderfully dusty and downplayed on "Bochum", while Uffe brings plentiful amounts of Rhodes and other such joyous keys to a thoroughly funky conclusion. Max Graef has an equally shuffling, hand-played time of it, while Damiano Von Erckert gets a tighter groove out to get his own party started. Whichever track you plump for the sounds come on organic and soulful in the extreme, while the arrangements will have bodies popping all over the joint.
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