There was a fair amount of underground heat around Hitoshi Marakami's debut single as First Floor on Local Talk, an inspired, low-slung and deliciously dubby 2018 re-make of Serious Intention's proto-house classic "You Don't Know". This delayed follow-up is equally as impressive. In its original form, "Unrequited Feelings" is a pleasingly jazzy chunk of humid, saucer-eyed deep house rich in tribal style drum hits, jazz-funk bass, fluid piano lines and ethereal chords, while "Rhodes" is a perfectly pitched chunk of hazy deep house warmth smothered in tasty electric piano. Fellow Japanese producer Kez YM provides the standout remix, reimagining "Unrequited Feelings" as a pleasingly glassy-eyed slab of piano-house soulfulness, while Simon Hinter adds a little swing and tons of squelchy synth bass on an ear-pleasing revision of "Rhodes".
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