The Melodymann - "Beat The Drums" - (5:56) 125 BPM
Review: The Melodymathics imprint launches with four tracks of deep and dreamy, wide-eyed goodness from the combined talents of Alex Agore and label boss The Melodymann. Agore's "No Name 4" is a liquid delight - a fluid, emotion-rich, enveloping take on classic US house, all breathy vocal samples, sensual melodies and warm, late night hustle. Belgian producer Melodymann drops two gems. The first, "I Want It", is unsashamedly warm and sexy, all comfy chords, twinkling electronics and enveloping pads. "Beat The Drums", the EP's standout moment, is a little rougher and tougher, charging off on a sweaty percussion workout with the simple addition of a relentless bassline and a few choice vocal samples.
Review: Label boss Melodymann is in good company on this latest release. While his own "May Deep" is an adept interpretation of 90s deep house thanks to its tight drums and breathless vocal samples, it doesn't compare to Amtek & E Freak Vs Mike Ekim's "I Want You". Over rolling drums and a stepping rhythm, the authors drop a sub-bass that's reminiscent both of E-Dancer and 2-step. Dan Curtin's contributions are also impressive; the US producer delivers two versions of "Deserted Station", the first, a jacking, sweat-soaked affair powered by a buzzing bass and shaking percussion, the second more stripped back, robotic and angular - and even more effective.