Croatia's Oversound is at the controls, with remixes from Mark Lowry and Funtom
Durham's Deep Site Recordings family have been keeping the world's deep house faithful in quality tuneage for nearly six years now. This, their latest offering, comes on sub-label Deep Site Digital and is the work of Croation producer Alen Kranzelic, AKA Oversound.
Jazz Flavour itself is up first, and it has to be said, it's not actually all that jazzy... the name presumably derives from the meandering sax line that comes in around the two-minute mark, but if you're looking for scat vox, syncopated rhythms or brushed snares, you won't find 'em here. It's still a pretty damn tasty concoction all the same, the drums, pads and keys having something of a drifty, epic feel while the breathy, half-whispered female vocal is vaguely reminiscent in places, to these old ears, of Superstars Of Rock's 90s club fave Orange Sunshine.
Mark Lowry's remix strips things back, toning down the epic flourishes and rocking somewhat punchier drums while adding a breakdown laced with electro-ish keys.The other original cut, Freedom In My Voice, leans a little more to the funky/soulful side of deep house, and features some lovely minor-key piano work and chorus'd scat vocal fragments, while Funtom's remix starts out sounding like an uber-deep sofa surfer, but then develops into an urgent, pace-y dancefloor throbber.
Good stuff as ever from the Deep Site crew, so check it for yourself!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 15 January (Beatport) / 29 January (general release)
Review Score: 8