A trans-Pennine deep house outing with mixes to suit a range of tastes
3am Recordings boss Al Bradley serves up a two-track, six-mix deep house EP for Rejekt Music, the Manchester-based label headed up by our very own Iain Taylor.
In its Original form, Libra has a dubby, almost Orb-y feel and even hints of the very deepest prog, as a warm, bubblin' acid bassline is topped with drawn-out synth notes and a disturbing, looped "Stay calm, we are not going to harm you… everything will be all right" spoken vocal. Definitely one for later sets and herbal excursions, but if you want something a little more tuff n' strutty then Jem Haynes is on hand with a bumpin', garage-tinged pass that'll get the floor's juices flowing for sure, before Moodymanc swings by to drop off his deeper reversion, which has a hint of vintage Mr Fingers about it.
The vinyl release is then completed by the V.i.c.a.r.i. Remix of Fireflies, a sparse, percussive cut which sits somewhere between deep house, tech-house and minimal and as such should work in a range of sets. But digital buyers get two more mixes: Al's original, which is a mellower, more sumptuous affair, and the V.i.c.a.r.i Remix 2, which is one for lovers of Afro and bruk beat styles.
It's definitely Libra that's the pick for yours truly here, but not gonna favour any one mix because all three are classily executed and, being so different, all three will find their respective champions for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 25 June
Review Score: 8