Carlo Gambino serves up an excellent three-tracker on his own label
I've been a fan of Midnight Social Recordings since the label started back in 2012, but this three-track EP from label owner Carlo Gambino is impressive even by their high standards.
Hypno itself is up first, starting out with muted 4/4s and bubbling, underwater-sounding FX, then introducing a simple pulsing bassline, crisp hi-hats and echoing female sounds. As the track progresses, there are some wobbly top-end synths and snatches of an undecipherable, spoken male vocal, and the overall effect is somewhat akin to being in a flotation tank - albeit with a house beat. Next comes Past The Walls, which is a more upbeat and hence more obviously floor-friendly affair, with a similar female semi-vocal to the title track competing with various other vocal snips, all underpinned by hip-swayin', vaguely dubby bassline. The EP's then completed by VA814 (The Breakfast Club Dub), another small hours-friendly deep dancefloor groover that takes its title from the sampled airport tannoy chatter that arrives in the breakdown.
If you're looking for some proper deep house fare to keep underground floors moving through till sunrise, you'll struggle to do much better than this this month.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 June (digitally, with vinyl to follow later in the year)
Review Score: 9