German duo Das Carma come to French label STRCTR
Stuttgart duo Das Carma supply three deep house groovers and one slightly tuffer cut for fledgling French label STRCTR, from whom this is only the fifth release.
Up first is Liftoff Cloud 9, which is credited to Das Carma feat Marion, and which features a former astronaut discussing his time in space atop a backdrop of pads, arps, gently tinkling ivories, a descending bassline and suprisingly beefy kicks, all of which adds up to a gentle, late-night groove with something of a melancholy, autumnal air. Frankie Larry, which follows, is a more upbeat affair with more rock-solid 4/4s, lovely warm chords and another spoken vocal – this time from an interview with the late, great Mr Knuckles himself talking about the early days of his career working with Larry Levan. Subnautica ups the tempo again but stays in deep territory, making for a blissed-out, eyes-down jam for 4am dancefloors, before Dub 101 plays us out on a more jacking note.
I'll admit to not having come across either Das Carma or the label previously, but on this evidence I'm certainly keen to hear more, because this is quality stuff all round.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 8 March
Review Score: 8