Label boss Jeff Fader steps up to the plate for the Kent label's 13th release
Lucky number 13 for Kent-based label Fade To Funk, and the man at the controls is none other than label head honcho Jeff Fader himself, who serves up two original cuts that come with a remix apiece.
First up is Breathe itself, or rather Breathe (Take 2) itself as it's actually entitled. In its original form, this is one of those increasingly rare tracks that should work on 'deep' and 'soulful' floors alike, with its warm bass throb, crisp drums and lingering pads overlaid with a rich, resonant but sadly uncredited soulful male vocal. Igor Gonya's remix then takes us into driftier, more laidback deep house territory, making less use of the vocal but adding some crowd chatter as well as some killer Negro-esque space disco synths.
The other original, As The Waves Roll, is in its original form a somwhat livelier, techier take on deep house, with quirky synths and chopped-up female vocal fragments. I'll be honest, though, the drums get a little too busy for me, so my money's on the Adham Zahran Remix, a stripped-down, dubbier pass that adds some live-sounding funk bass.
Whether you like your deep house on the soulful, techy or laidback side, you should find something to play here, so check it for yourself!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 11 May
Review Score: 8