2017 Oct 22     
2 Bit Thugs

Spain's Deep Clicks come up with the goods once more, though who's behind them is a bit of a mystery

Spain's Deep Clicks can always be relied on to come up with the deep house goods, and they've done it again with this four-track EP from the mysterious Mateo Makams, an artist who seems to like to stay incognito...

Never mind that though, because if he prefers to let the music do the talking, this reviewer for one will certainly be listening. The EP begins with Beat Street Hut, which opens with stuttered 4/4s and handclaps before introducing the heavily treated, nagging keys riff that is the track's defining feature, and that's accompanied by pads, risers, shakers and a warm, enveloping bassline. That's followed by Dial FL For Freedom & Love, which has a slightly rawer, trippier feel and echoes of vintage deep New Jersey garage. The title cut operates at the slightly proggier end of the deep house spectrum and, like Beat Street Hut, comes on like a soothing balm for weary 5am dancefloors, and then finally Let The Music Move Ya plays us out with something of a South African feel to its live-sounding percussion and treated soulful male vocal lines.

The title track and Beat Street Hut stand out for me personally, but these are quality deep vibes all round. So par for the course for Deep Clicks, really!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 October



Review Score: 8




Tags: Mateo Makams, Deep Clicks, deep house