The past few years have seen Owen Jay's Batti Batti label really establish itself as a physical concern, having first emerged in the digital realm in 2009. The split release focus of Batti Batti has served it well so far, so it's little surprise to find the label's first of the year, Tribal Roots, draws for cuts from four different production units. Jay opens proceedings with his fellow Maltese producer Melchior Sultana whose "Tribal Roots" is augmented well by the percussive talents of Antoine. Further Batti Batti treats come from label regulars 1Dan and Marco Negra, whilst Rai Scott makes her bow with the suitably titled "Depth Of The Ocean" which might just be the pick of the four here!
With this new four-track EP by Rai Scott the slowly emerging producer moves away from being the enigma that appeared on a split 12" with Brad Peterson, which launched the Inner Shift imprint in 2012. And by the sounds of this EP, she's someone to be noticed. "We Love You" certainly earns its place as the release's lead track; it's a sweet and meaningful piece of deep house. "Keep On" is a dubbed out, bassline-driven tribal journey of drums, whose low-end rhythm is completed by emotional chords that eventually take over, while "Cats and Water" is on a funky, stripped-back and loopy '90s techno tip. For some ambient fun that then turns house, "Sky In The Clouds" is a perfect closer. An exciting producer house communities worldwide should be talking about in the second half of this year.