French-Singaporean duo Dixia Sirong return for a second EP on the Balance sub-label
What we have here is only the seventh the release from Balance's Portugal-based, vinyl-only sub-label Inner Balance, which launched in 2015. It's also Singapore-based French duo's Dixia Sirong's second outing on the label, following on from 2016's Di Yi EP.
Oh... and it's also freakin' outstanding.
Up first is Yohji, a deep, dubby house excursion that, like most of the rest of the EP, is really made for warm-up or post-club play. Warm, sonorous bass gently swells and surges and the drums patter out a tribal-tinged but fairly unobtrusive rhythm, as sweeping pads do their thing over the top, aided by aquatic FX and barely-there vocal fragments. The overall effect is like slipping your ears - and indeed your soul - into a Radox bath. Just lovely.
Yohji pretty much sets the stall out for the rest of the EP, too. DJ Honesty's remix largely strips out the pads and opts for pacier 4/4s, making this the pick for dancefloor play, while on the flip, Qatarsea is an even deeper ride than Yohji and Suspicions, with its near-bruk rhythms and techier edges, is the one that'll appeal most to the deep techno/minimal lovers.
All told, whether you'd normally class yourself as a lover of deep house, deep techno or minimal, you need this exquisite slab of deepness in your life!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 23 February
Review Score: 9