2020 Nov 08     
2 Bit Thugs

The perfect tonic for the stresses and strains of life during a global pandemic…

The clocks have gone forward, the nights are drawing in and the leaves on the trees have all turned brown… it must be time for another of DeepWit's annual Autumn Air collections, then. And oh, look – here, bang on schedule, comes Volume 9 now!

Those who've picked up any of the previous eight installments will have a pretty good idea what to expect already. For those who've just joined us, though: DeepWit tend to concentrate on the very deep end of the house spectrum at the best of times, but all the same, much of their output is still eminently floor-friendly. With the Autumn Air series, though, the emphasis is firmly on what you might call "horizontal house" – the kind of tunes that make most sense as home listening tackle, ideally as heard through a beatific haze of your choosing…

Sbudaman gets the ball rolling this time out with Underground Intentions Pt 2, a fragile, slow-burning affair held together by a simple two-note keys riff. That's followed by Soulfreqtion's Nova, a slightly more uptempo and prog-tinged cut, before RaLf & Ackost's Walking Disaster takes us into downtempo territory. Next come more proggy vibes courtesy of LYP's Terminal Lucidity, before Mutca brings us one of the album's more floor-friendly moments with The Last Promise. And so it goes on across six more full-length tracks (the minimix below is just a taster, not the actual album!) that span deep house, progressive house and downtempo/chill-out/Balearic bizniss.

2020's been a very strange year, and a lot of people are feeling very anxious and/or depressed right now. This album won't cure your woes and worries, unfortunately – but with a bit of luck, its soothing vibes might help you forget about them for an hour or two…

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 6 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: DeepWit Recordings, Autumn Air, deep house, chill-out, downtempo, Sbudaman, Soulfreqtion, RaLf & Ackost, Mutca, LYP