Remixes come from Goshawk, Michael Scott and fourfourfour
Last year, UK deep house stalwarts 3am Recordings put out their first 12-inch in many years, having gone all-digital in the late 00s. Now, 12 months on, they drop their second - and this time it's a vinyl-only affair with no digital release to back it up.
Label head honcho Al Bradley is the man at the helm. His original mix of Night Owl is a rolling deep house groover with just the lightest of Afro tinges in the percussion, a throbby, stuttering bassline and a spoken "I'm not a tough guy" male vocal sample, augmented by some moody synth sweeps, and would play well in those locked-on small hours moments. fourfourfour's remix takes us down a slightly darker, techier path, riding a sinuous groove with almost acid-like bleeps n' beeps, while the 5am Dub from Goshawk (AKA former Lost My Dog regular Rhythm Plate) is similar in feel but has a lighter, housier touch, and some added piano chords. The standout for yours truly, though, is the Michael Scott Remix, where the vocal snip barely makes its presence felt and the heavy lifting is done instead by some lovely warm, resonant chords and those bleepy, toppy synth sounds.
Already troubling the deep house vinyl charts, this is another winner from the Leeds crew.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 3 April
Review Score: 8