Remixes come from Al Bradley and Maax 52
Manchester-based deep house producer Kirby Halliday shows what she can do on this two-track, four-mix EP for Deep Site Digital, part of the Deep Site Recordings label family.
Just A Kiss itself is up first, opening with a crisp 4/4s, dubby, reverberating bass hits and a looping "life" spoken male vocal sample, then adding an understated walking bassline, woodblock percussion and more vocal snips: one female and wordless, one a man's voice asking "Do you indulge in any form of worship?". If you like it deep, dubby and on the techy side, this one's a must, while an accompanying Maax 52 livens things up a little with busier percussion.
You also get two rubs of Just A Kiss. In its Original form, it treads a similarly laidback path to Just A Kiss, but with a female main vocal sample this time, and with tinkling ivories and mournful sax parps lending it a slightly more Balearic, beach house-y kinda vibe. It's the remix that's the killer with this one though, as Al Bradley's 3am Deep Remix takes us into more languid, luxuriant pastures.
The original of the title track and Al's take on Just A Kiss stand out for me, then, but this is quality deep house bizniss whichever mix you plump for.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 August
Review Score: 8