With releases on Nervous and Lost My Dog to his name, 25 year-old producer James Dexter is clearly going places. Here he pops up on legendary Chicagoan label Large with an impressively varied EP of floor-friendly flavas. Each of the three tracks should get major rotations, with the deep US garage flex of "Only You" - a kind of 21st century take on Local Talk style revivalism - most impressive. "Forward" is noticeably deeper and baggier, bumping along on a positive deep house flex thanks to a catchy bassline, snappy snares and some choice male vocal samples. The woozier "Never Guna Stop", meanwhile, sounds like a surprise hoedown between Solomun and the Wolf Music crew.
Given how prolific they've been in the past, it's rather surprising to find that this is Dirtytwo's first single since 2015. It marks the Local Talk and Razor 'N' Tape Reserve regulars' first appearance on legendary deep house label Large Music. They begin with "Time & Space (Enter The Void Mix)", where bubbly synthesizer motifs and rock solid house beats vie for attention with chord progressions that are eerily reminiscent of Oliver Cheetham's boogie classic "Get Down Saturday Night". The looser, richer and more organic sounding original version of the same track follows, before the Swedish pair reaches for the heavyweight sub-bass and dubbed out horns on the superb "Ooo, aaa". The horizontal, dub-wise hip-hop of "Deep Sensation" completes a fine package.