Descendents of The Deep launches the From Chicago To Detroit series, bringing together a quartet of deep house tracks from Michigan and Illinois-based producers. Jordan Fields kicks things off with the electric piano-laden strut of the surprisingly trippy “Excitement”, before Vincent Floyd offers up a masterclass in deep, New Jersey-influenced analogue deepness in the shape of “2gether”. Flip for the wonderful blissfulness of Leandre’s “Images of Spring” – think starry melodies from Detroit, coupled with the rolling swing of Chicago – and “Detroit Dubz”, a killer exercise in spooky beatdown from Norm Talley and Mike Huckaby. With its’ heavy, compressed bassline, creepy chords and reverb-laden textures, it sounds like it was tailor-made for Halloween.
Bokhari enlists Hiver and Stephen Lopkin for four impeccable cuts of deep dancefloor delight. Kicking the package off with aplomb, Hardware fanatics Hiver illustrate the power of simplicity on “Pillowhead”, submerging us in deepest tech-house joy through globular bass, hypnotic stabs and immersive textures. “Whatsoever” ups the pace a little and loses a touch of the rubbery bottom end, flying free with celestial pads, sweeping synths and emotive chords. Over on the flipside, Lopkin’s “Theme from SAPL” sounds like a missing cut from Autechre’s classic “Incunabula”, pairing Miami drum patterns and beefy bass with moody vocoder and chirping synths for a healthy dose of machine funk. Lopkin closes the set with the Garnier approved “Speedbird Heavy”, a perfectly realised excursion into deep and moody techno that’s just waiting to bounce of those warhouse walls.
A decade on from his debut release, one of Romania’s finest cultural exports returns to his favourite stomping ground with a trans- mission that showcases variety, technical skill and an intimate understanding of the dynamics of the floor. The stripped-down, moody menace of ‘The Swindle’ kicks things off, dancing semi- quavers panning left and right, a mysterious male voice incanting. A bass synth motif carries the tune to a climax before its buoyant, trancey conclusion. At all times, elements unfold organically, carrying the listener away. ‘Rotate’ casts a busier, jacking vibe, its analogue synth cycles pinging against each other. Glimmering layers of sound create an endlessly immersive, deadly deep groove. ‘Feed Me’ is slower, slinkier and rougher in equal measure. The sustained synths create a gliding sensation, the male vocal first mellifluous and sung then husky and spoken. ‘Chance’ is a shuffling, fizzing deep house groove, precision-tooled for the dance- floor. “Let it take control” urges a male voice. Sound advice for this deliciously hypnotic groove.
Dusty and soulful deep house jams from DJ Aakmael aka Greg Stewart. First track “Roses” utilizes some stunning grand piano and trumpet solos as well as a sample from ‘Jean” by Rod McKuen to accompany some tight rhythm patterns and rich strings. “Fourpoint-5” is classic deep house reminiscent of old Mr. Fingers, in all its emotive and melancholic glory. On the flip there’s “Equinox” keeping on with a deep and soulful Detroit deep house sound that fans of Kai Alce would appreciate while “H4” ends things on truly uplifting note, with its dreamy xylophone vibes working with some more nice trumpet sounds and rich strings on a seven minute epic.