German producer Rausch makes his G&D debut and shows he has a neat way with a familiar sample…
German deep house producer Damian Rausch, whose work has previously appeared on the likes of Apparel Music, Traumschallplattern and House Cookin', comes to Belgium's Gents & Dandy's with a fine three-tracker here.
Between itself is up first, opening with a simple 4/4 kick that's relatively pacey by current deep house standards. A deep, rumbling bassline and some lovely lingering, garage-y chords then usher in the vocal, which appears to have been sampled from a female-vocalled cover of Marvin Gaye classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine (but not the Gladys Knight one). There are some peculiar barking/farting-type sounds in play, too, all of it adding up to an unhurried lil' groover that's probably best served in the warm-up… unless, of course, you're playing to a dancefloor that truly knows what's up!
Naked, which follows, is a little more summer-y and discofied, and comes topped with another female vocal sample – this time from Charlene's 1982 Motown hit I've Never Been To Me. And then completing the EP is Journey, which has a slightly more contemporary, techy edge (particularly in the bassline dept) and features some intriguing wibbly-wobbly keyboard sounds. That is the technical term, I believe…
Quality stuff as ever from the Gents & Dandy's stable!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 22 November
Review Score: 8