With summer fast approaching, Suol has decided to get ahead of the game with an EP chock full of sweltering, sun-kissed deep house treats. Atjazz kicks things off with the rich chord progressions, lilting synthesizer melodies and bouncy drums of sunset-friendly shuffler "Programme Sunlight", before label regulars Chopstick and Johnjon serve up the similarly positive and breezy "Last Night". Elsewhere, Matthias Vogt cranks out the languid, life-affirming pianos and blissful electronics on Balearic house gem "Chanterelle", M.Ono delivers a loved-up twist on loopy disco house, and Carlo drops a chunk of bumpin', bass-heavy goodness blessed with sun-bright guitar flourishes. Best of all, though, is Meggy and Tigerskin's "Bygone Eras", a slick and sultry chunk of sun-bright modern soul.
This four-tracker from Matthias Vogt is worth checking for lead cut "S-Cat", which brilliantly combines a range of disparate house influences. We can hear echoes of both Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams" and Iz & Diz's boompty classic "Mouth", alongside sci-fi melodies and deliciously deep keys. It's an alluring combination. "Under The Radar" offers more straight-up fluid deepness, albeit with stargazing melodies that evoke memories of early bleep techno. It's weirdly calming, despite a solid dancefloor pulse. The Flow steps up on remix duties, adding a dose of dubbiness and some cute production touches that really bring out the original's flowery piano touches. Most pleasing.
One half of Motorcitysoul leaves his love of deep house at the studio door. Indeed, Vogt shows affiliations to other sounds and styles from the past here: the menacing purr of the title track's bass line comes across as a streamlined interpretation of Resse low end menace, while the arrangement builds and sweeps its way through an icy synth melody that would not have sounded out of place on a vintage Kompakt record. The remix is less dramatic: Vogt has lowered the tempo and the beats tumble along in tune with a bouncier arrangement - but the influence of Kevin Saunderson lingers as the bass rumbles in the background.
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