There's plenty to admire on this club-ready deep house four-tracker from newish French label Tealer. Ondule Recordings regular Un*Deux kicks things off via the springy but heavy beats, drowsy chords and sly Nightmares on Wax samples (nerds may spot the appearance of a chopped-up vocal loop from "I'm For Real") of "Bonour Madam", before Workerz rolls out an angular analogue bassline and blissful Motor City chords of "Trash of Life". Lawro steals the show via the jaunty, dubbed-out stabs and elastic bottom-end bounce of "Akai De Poisson", while VDK successfully fuses elements of Chez style deep house and UK garage on "Minute Maid".
Former Les Petits Pilous man Jean-Patrick Simonetti has a new alias: Workerz. Here, the French producer presents his Back Office debut under the new pseudonym, a three-track trip though rubbery electronic deep house with a soulful synth-pop bent. There's plenty to enjoy, starting with lead cut "Deep Stress" - a radio-friendly blend of skittering, Chicago influenced drums, shimmering chords, impassioned vocals and heavy, low-end bounce. "Alkaline" throws in a little Todd Edwards style cut-up garage flavour whilst retaining the classic house influences and drawn-out chords that feature heavily in the title track. Finally, the garage influences come to the fore on "Douglas", a three-minute blast of wide-eyed goodness built around fluttering riffs and oh-so tipsy vocal samples.
French label Tealer are back with a stellar various artists compilation that displays their fascination with the many shades of house music. Workerz, who have appeared on the label previously, serve up the sexy late night deepness of "Casa Del Amor", Moms' neon-lit number "Butte Aux Cailles" calls to mind the Parisian sounds of Pont Neuf, VDK get into some proper swinging business of the dusty "Minute Maid" and Lawron displays his distinctly French Touch on the smooth groove of "Paris Plage". Following up great releases on the label by Fuza, Botobo and Jean Jacques Aka 1980 - this sure is one label to watch in 2018.
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