'Seeking The Light' sees him returning to the label where his Finest Wear alias made its debut
With releases on the likes of Acryl Music, Plastic City, Nordic Trax, Large Music, Ready Mix Records and Deepology, Cenzo Scoglio AKA Finest Wear should need no introduction to UK deep house lovers by now. Here, he returns to Colour And Pitch, the label on which he debuted the Finest Wear alias in 2013 with the Distant Memories EP, with another four-tracker packed full of deep, sumptuous house goodness that also happens the Brighton-based imprint's 30th release.
Up first is My Illusion, which opens with a simple percussive intro before introducing first a deep, funky bassline and then the understated organ hook that is its defining characteristic, augmented by some eastern-sounding pads. Not a lot 'happens' after that - it's one of those tracks that gets in a groove and stays there, but what a groove it is. Next comes The Light, which rocks muted, slightly Afro/tribal-ish drums, some jaunty, garage-y keys and a poetic spoken vocal. That's followed by Time, a shuffly groover with more hints of vintage Jersey garage in the keys and soulful vocal cut-ups, while completing the EP is Through The Tears, which is a smidge tuffer and more driving than the rest in the drums department but has a smooth, musical feel that to these ears recalls some of Dave Lee's mellower moments.
A very strong EP all round, but Through The Tears and My Illusion just nudge it for me.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 2 June
Review Score: 8