Fellow LA native Sam Swindle takes care of remix duties
Hailing from Los Angeles, Deep Tribe are Sleazy G’s latest signings and come to you with this great release which features a remix from fellow Los Angeleno Sam Swindle.
Deep, minimal, bass heavy tech-house is the order of the day on Reflections, and first up is the Original Mix, which starts with a large bass stab, a healthy kick and a closed hi-hat, then comes straight out of the speakers with a load of different bass-heavy tones that have a heads-down, 4am kinda feel. There's a male spoken vocal which talks about love and people's resonant frequencies all vibrating as one, which sits really well in the mix and suits the bass-heavy nature of the track perfectly. The Sam Swindle Remix is another deep groover: it hasn’t got the low-end grunt of the original, but still has a nice driving backbeat and is perhaps the more accessible of the two rubs, as it would fit into a set played at any time of the day. It uses the same vocal and main hook as the original, but adds another hypnotic synth loop that's more prominent in the mix, and that lightens the mood a little without losing the track's raw edginess.
For me, both mixes work great and - in keeping with the title! - almost mirror each other: one is the dark side and the other lighter, which gives it twice the appeal. My favourite is the Sam Swindle Remix as it could be played more often, but both are well worth checking out.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 31 August
Review Score: 8