Three originals plus one remix, and not a duffer in sight
If you're fiending for some trad-style deep house grooves, then this four-tracker from Parisian label Phonogramme is one you need to check for immediately.
Seasons itself is up first and reaches wa-a-ay back for inspiration, channelling early Chicago-style deepness from the likes of Ron Trent and Larry Heard with its warm, throbbing analogue synths, muffled 4/4s and all-round 'less is more', tracky approach. One for the proverbial 'heads' for sure! Kai Alice's remix, which follows, takes us into more contemporary-sounding territory with tougher kicks, but also adds elements (namely, cut-up male vocal fragments and lush Rhodes chords) that nod to classic New Jersey garage. Next comes Illusion, which rides almost tribal-sounding drums with insistent, stabby chords and more cut-up vox, but female ones this time, which again give the track something of an east coast garage/disco kinda feel. And then finally there's Graceland, another deep, smooth and warm ride that'd be equally at home on the headphones or on 5am dancefloors.
If pushed, Illusion is the pick for me, but truth be told this is excellent work all round. Not much more to say, really.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 28 April
Review Score: 9