Review: Pushing a bigger sound inspired by the UK, bassline house and its post-rave generation is Alex Harrington. Arriving on the Deep Sense label, Harrington is all about a King Street sound and effervescence, boldly dialling up filtered rhythm sections, drums and hi-hats like no one's business. Drawing from soulful vocals and happy synthesised horn play alongside huge chords and rollicking keys, both tracks here burn deep; be it the higher, uplifting energy of the title track or the super bossa nova vibes inside the New Jersey ethics of "Hold On". Alex Harrington officially in the house.
Crystal (Monsieur Van Pratt Sax remix) - (5:12) 120 BPM
Review: There's something of a nostalgic, late 90s feel to 'Crystal': with its dreamy female vocal, fluttering guitar and heavy use of the filters, it sits somewhere between Balearic prog and filter disco ? la Spiller, and evokes memories of Ibiza in the days before they roofed over the terraces. The fairly self-explanatory Monsieur Van Pratt Sax Remix has a slightly more uplifting, soulful vibe, while the EP's completed by bonus cut 'Keep On', which centres around a squelchy, early 80s-sounding bass riff and has an echo-y, presumably sampled boogie-style vocal to match, the overall effect recalling a long-lost Larry Levan remix.
Review: With this four-tracker from mysterious debutant Necho III, Mexican label Deep Sense Records has begun 2020 in confident fashion. There's plenty of subtle variety on show, with the producer expertly combining deep, mind-altering electronics, soft-touch grooves at different tempos, and clear nods towards a variety of contemporary styles. Compare and contrast, for example, the jumpy, stab-happy, disco-tinged leftfield deep house of "Wilder's Dream" (which comes accompanied by a deliciously different, spaced-out Dub mix), the weighty, dubbed-out deepness of contemplative opener "Conscientious Object" and the sparse but beautiful, mid-tempo analogue house haziness of "Manifold Plenum", which sounds like Floating Points making music for Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnson's "A Love From Outer Space" parties.
Review: Mexico's Deep Sense serve up a six-track EP that shows there's more than one way to go about repurposing a classic. Rather than simply looping up chunks of the original, the edits here get a little more creative - Sauco & Manuel Costela's 'Are We Ready?', for instance, takes the vocal from Fatback's 'Bus Stop' vocal and places it over a fresh (and utterly irresistible) funk backing, while on 'Last Nite' Tony Disco uses a similar trick to reinvent an InDeep classic in altogether sultrier, jazzier form. An equally well-known chanted vocal tops the brass-tastic 'Flamingo' from Hot Mood, and there are three more very playable nuggets where those came from!
Review: Not to be confused with the techno-minded Dutch label of the same name, this Deep Sense is based out of Mexico, they have a penchant for the funkier side of the dance and the cheekier side of edit culture. They proved it on their inaugural voyage in November 2014, and they're proving it once again right here... Kicking off with the sax-massaging jack-jam "The Road To Kalakuta" the whole album is an instant party full of sassy sonic surprises. Highlights include the dusty vinyl crackles and heaving harmonics of Rafael Fernandez's "Nothing's Changed", the epic synth-slapping cosmicity of Funk My Jesus "24K", the classic funk guitar squeezes of Chuggin Edits "We Got The Funk". And that's just a handful of party peals to be harvested from this 16-track heavy album. Bon voyage indeed!
Review: New Mexican disco edits label Deep Sense throws its first release in our direction. A various artist compilation showcasing their new found roster of talent. There's so much to choose from on here but for our money, we'd put a wager on Monsieur Van Pratt's Ghostbusters referencing nu-disco floor filler "Ecto 1", the throwback deep house vibes of Perfect Straight's "Sundaze" which sounds like a lost tape off of Prescription or Alleviated while The Funk District's "Bodyshaker" gos for the tightly looped disco DJ tool vibe like early Nick Holder or Moodymann and thats right up our alley!