A killer remix EP from Tsuba here, as three of the label's biggest names get retreated by some of the deep house scene's biggest hitters on this EP showcasing the deeper side of the imprint. First up, Aural Distortion's "Overlap" gets remixed by AN 2, turning in a cosmic mix of upwardly tumbling bass and warm chords, while Jay Shepheard reworks Kevin Griffiths' "Revolver" into a slowly intensifying piece of melodic electronica which twists itself into various contortions over its six minutes. The best however is undoubtedly the mighty Mark E's dub of Mic Newman's "Knickerbocker", a low-slung, sleazy jam full of out of focus vocals and thick warm bass slabs.
The title track on Mic Newman's latest release has a truly contemporary flavour, as tribal beats underpin a humming, acidic bass and muffled vocals are put through a filter. The end result is a a trippy excursion, but when Newman turns his attention to the past, he really impresses. "Recorded In The Garage" uses more organic sounding drums, but it's the soulful female vocal that gradually dominates the arrangement which makes it so memorable - and evocative of late 90s UK deep house. "Systems & A Diana" follows a similar trajectory, albeit with looser beats, but when the combination of fat bassline, woozy chords a vocal intoning 'think' kick in together, it sounds like a forgotten classic from Pagan's back catalogue.