The Gilles P favourite comes to Fred Everything's Lazy Days
Championed for a while now by the likes of Gilles Peterson, DJ Spinna and Rainer Truby, here eclectic UK producer Aroop Roy comes to Fred Everything's label Lazy Days Recordings with a four-track EP that will delight the deep house connoisseurs.
The EP opens with the 'title' cut, Afrika My Home, which - at the risk of inadvertently birthing yet another entirely superfluous micro-genre - can best be described as 'Afro-garage'. It begins with muted 4/4s and a simple, nagging three-note organ bassline, but those elements are soon topped by an African male vocal, making this a truly individual-sounding track that will stand out in the mix - though if the vocal's a bit much, then there's also a Dub where it's toned down considerably.
Elsewhere on the EP, Listen is a stuttering deep houser with an echoed female "I listen, listen, listen…" vocal, the kind of slightly leftfield affair that wouldn't sound out of place on Freerange, while Le Pasteur plays us out on a more discofied note - though again with male African vox.
All told, this is a very strong EP which all lovers of actual proper deep house are advised to check for immediately.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 8 January
Review Score: 9