All proceeds from the single will go to a mental health charity close to Rishi's heart
Here we have an EP featuring two original tracks that were signed to Spring Tube by late deep house producer Rishi K shortly before his untimely death in a car crash in December. With his friends and family's blessing, the label have now decided to release them as a charity single in aid of MAPS, a not-for-profit organisation looking at the use of psychedelics as a treatment for depression where Rishi undertook an internship while at grad school.
Through The Night itself is up first, a fairly pace-y deep houser by modern standards that touts many of the hallmarks of that classic left coast sound: jazzy Rhodes, rolling drums, a fat-ass funky bassline and drifty female vocal fragments that give it a blissed-out, summery kinda feel. We then get a brace of remixes: a deeper, mellower rub from Domestic Technology and, by way of contrast, a tuffer, techier mix from Blood Groove & Kikis that, like a lot of Rishi's own work, veers towards prog territory. Completing the EP is the second original cut, Forever Groove, which is another bouncy west coast deep houser in a similar vein to the title track.
Having known Rishi personally, I can't think of a time when the joy of discovering a great new house track has been so alloyed with sadness. All the same, this is a very fitting tribute that will delight lovers of real deep house music.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 9