Portuguese producer Alkalino continues to move further towards deep house territory following early excursions into disco and piano-laden Balearic house. This EP for regular home Audaz is arguably one of his strongest releases to date and features three deep, chunky and decidedly groovy cuts built around spoken word vocals and shuffling percussion. Choose between the bubbling chords and dense disco percussion of "Heavy As Stone", the retro-futurist riffage and goodtime vibes of "Distant Future", and the Italian deep house-aping "Pedal Polarity 3000". The EP also includes a fantastically jaunty boompty/swing/hip-house fusion from Mem that sounds like it's primed for peaktime plays.
Should deep house with just a hint of simmering soul be your thing, this split EP from Jonas Gorke and Mem is well worth a gander. Gorke's contribution, in particular, is excellent. Entitled "December Girl", it offers 10 minutes of delicious but gorgeously simple deep house built around the sparsest of elements. There's little more than a bunch of great loops - a wonderfully evocative piano figure, a teasing female vocal sample, some snappy snares, a nagging bassline and the faintest of strings - but it works wonderfully. Mem's "We've Got Soul" - offered in two different mixes - is similarly simple, but boasts a much more old skool vibe.