Ms Sarroca drafts in some friends to help with her label's second release
I've said it before and I'll say it again… few things in life give me as much pleasure as getting sent an EP or LP full of quality house tracks, all made by people I've never heard of. Well… guess what? What we have here is only the second-ever release from Lis Sarocca's fledgling, Barcelona-based Maai Records, and it's packed full of quality house tracks, MOSTLY made by people I've never heard of! And that's close enough…
DJ Bowlcut kicks off the EP with Vibe, a medium-paced, contemplative deep house cut that opens with a sonorous, bell-like sound before introducing a walking bassline and vaguely garage-y keyboard stabs. Next up is Rawdio – the one artist whose name IS familiar to yours truly here – with Energy, quite an old school-sounding house cut that'll keep 'em grooving along nicely, followed by Tee by Rubinski. Not sure if the title's meant as a tribute but there's a very Todd Terry-esque feel to those drums, which are paired with evolving pads, vocal cut-ups and a nice warm b-line. Rassan steps up next with Luv, which like Rawdio's contribution has a back-to-the-90s kinda feel, before the reins are handed to Vince Void, who brings us Garros – a small-hours deep houser but flecked with both acid and a lil' M1 organ action. And then finally there's Nørus & DJ Whipr Snirp with Crystal Thief, which nods to vintage Chi-town deepness but has some distinctly 80s Euro touches around the edges.
There are no peaktime screamalongs or surefire dancefloor tear-ups here… instead what you get are six classy deep house jams built to keep the true underground floors movin' till dawn. What exactly, to coin a phrase, is not to like?
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 28 October
Review Score: 8