This time around, it's label co-owner Ariane Blank doing the honours
Shoes, Bags & Boys co-founder Ariane Blank steps up to the plate here to deliver a two-track EP packed with sparse, tech-y house goodness.
On the A, Kannai Nights itself is a twitchy, bleepy affair that should appeal to lovers of deep house and deep/minimal techno in equal measure. The track doesn't 'do' a lot - it's not one you'll find yourself humming on the bus, it's fair to say, opting instead to just get into a groove and stay there. The groove it gets into is a particularly satisfying one, though, making this well worth a dip for warm-up or afterhours sessions.
The standout of the two for yours truly, though, is the B's Mabudoku, which leans more towards 'traditional' deep house territory with its no-nonsense 4/4s, understated but still satisfyingly chunky b-line and warm, clipped keys, all of which are augmented, as the track progresses, by some intricate top-end percussion and some almost woodwind-y sounds that are tucked away discreetly in the mix.
If you like your house from the head-noddin', less-is-more side of the tracks, this is one to check for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 17 April
Review Score: 8