2021 Sep 05     
2 Bit Thugs

The Dutch label bring us a seven-track collection that's always gonna be in season

I know what you're thinking – isn't the end of summer/start of autumn a funny time to be releasing a compilation called Spring Tide? Well, yes, it is, but if you want to know why they've called it that, you'll have to take the matter up with Batavia Records boss Sven Dekker. Because I don't know.

What I do know is that this album/EP – at seven tracks long, you can call it whichever you want – is well worth checking by all true deep house lovers. Coming mostly from up-and-coming names – though the more familiar likes of jfAlexsander, Rawthentic and TshegoTMM do all make appearances, whether in the producer's or the remixer's seat – the seven tracks featured all fall within what you might call the more 'traditional' definition of deep house – as opposed to the leftfield/experimental electronica that seems to clutter up the so-called "deep house" charts on certain download sites – with the emphasis, by and large, on grooves that tend towards the chilled/horizontal end of the spectrum. 

The standout for yours truly is Krav's No Sleep – arguably the exception to the rule I just mentioned, being one of the album's livelier cuts – with Cali Kula's At The Glam Fest not far behind. But this isn't really an album that's ABOUT standout tracks, peaktime belters or surefire floorfillers – it's more about getting horizontal, getting herbal and getting into the groove. And for such purposes, you should find it pretty much ideal.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 3 September



Review Score: 8




Tags: Batavia Records, deep house, jfAlexsander, Cali Kula, Krav, Rawthentic, TshegoTMM