Review: Direct from Russia comes the formation of a new piano-jazz, house and disco label Deeppa. Delivering their fourth release since kick starting in 2020, both Scruscru & S.Timoshenk return with the collaborative session in "Jubilee Boulevard" - full of laid back grooves, sunshine rhodes and sweet mix of disco-house vibes. Scruscru goes it alone on "Slightly Wiggle" with a jazz funk number that sees slower beats hold it down for horns, keys and laces of funk to take over. Get Deeppa.
Review: This V/A collection from Russian label Deeppa is sitting in our Funk section but across its four tracks the terms 'jazz-funk' or 'deep house' could equally well apply. 'Slightly Wiggle' from Scruscru, for instance, starts out in deep house/Balearic chug mode, flirts with funk-breaks then busts out some late 50s/early 60s-style jazz sax, while the same artist's S.Timoshenko collab 'Jubilee Boulevard' is nu-disco via St Germain, 'Black Mirror' by Common Mode nods to the jazzier side of Detroit techno and finally Flabaire plays us out in 4am deep house mode, again with the influence of a certain M. Navarre clearly on show.
Review: Those who buy physical releases may already have come across this debut missive from Russuan kabek Deeppa. The compilation style EP - the first of a series under the Perfect Duality title - dropped on wax back in November 2020 and here appears on digital download for the very first time. Scruscru delivers a superb EP opener in the shape of 'Mellow Yellow', a drowsy and gently breezy mid-tempo number rich in fluttering flutes and other organic instrumentation, before Jehan opts for mazy electric piano licks and chunky beats on 'Once Again'. Elsewhere, Hotmood's 'Reach Out & Touch' is a deep disco-house treat, SofaTalk's 'Love in Slo Mo' is a sparkling slab of horizontal jazz-funk and Replika's 'Rings of Saturn' is a spacey, warm and rolling deep house box jam.