Like many on the Washington D.C scene, Thomas Blondet has a reputation for open-minded musical fusion, mixing deep and dubby dancefloor grooves with all manner of global sounds and styles. Let It Shine, his first single for two years, is a little more straightforward than some of his tracks, but no less potent for it. In fact, it's something of a sunshine-ready soulful house roller rich in jaunty electronic riffs, positive chords and superb, gospel-influenced vocals from guest Anaud Strong. The accompanying remix package is pleasingly strong, too, with Jay Porter's bouncy, organ-sporting interpretation and Rissa Garcia's booming, sub-heavy late night Dub being our picks.
It's been ten years since Farid Ali and Thomas Blondet established the Rhythm and Culture label in their home city of Washington D.C. A decade on, the imprint continues to impress with each successive release. Fittingly, the label's latest missive comes courtesy of co-founder Blondet, with a little help from vocalist Julia Vo. In its original form, "Meet My Maker" begins as a stripped-back and driving excursion, propelled by jacking, Chicago-style analogue bass, before subtly morphing into a heady and intoxicating vocal deep house number bristling with early morning positivity. The track's saucer-eyed, feelgood vibe comes to the fore on the accompanying Browntempo remixes, which utilize blissful electronics and a warm, San Francisco deep house style backing track to wonderful effect.