Features tracks from Demarkus Lewis, Peter Mac, Dylan Debut, G.Pal and Mo'Cream.
Bit late on this one – it slipped through the net last week – and HOUPH have been so utterly dependable since launching last year with an EP from Demarkus Lewis, that another quality deep house slab from the Italian stable is almost certainly just around the corner anyway. But a promise is a promise!
Mo'Cream gets the ball rolling with the skippy, garage-tinged Don't Be Scared – all cut-up vox and fat, squelchy bass. Next comes the aforesaid Mr Lewis with the deep 'n' dreamy Learn To Know, which is followed by G.Pal's Utopia Land, which marries drums reminiscent of Murk's Dark Beat to throbbing synths and is one for pushing on through those wee small hours. Dylan Debut is next up with Day By Day, a drifty, understated affair with some rave-y vocal snips, before Peter Mac plays us out with Wired, a slab of driftaway deepness that'll be perfect for post-club, sofa-based listening.
Mo'Cream's opener takes the gold for yours truly but as ever from HOUPH this is very solid stuff all round.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8