San Francisco-based Jordanian producer Rishi comes up with the goods once more
San Francisco's Rishi K returns to the King Street stable with this excellent three-track EP.
First up is Kai itself. Rishi's roots in progressive house and trance are showing on this one, in the form of a floaty, haunting synth lead that has something of a Yellow Magic Orchestra feel. Here, though, it's married instead to a hefty, rumbling bassline and crisp, no-nonsense deep house beats. Soul Searchin', which follows, is in a similar vein but slightly chunkier and just a tiny bit pacier (123bpm to Kai's 122). The cream of the crop to these ears, though, is closer Sub1, a more straight-up deep houser that's dripping in west coast flava, with nicely understated jazz-funk geetar and some pleasing M1 throb to boot.
Classy stuff as ever from Rishi, and well deserving of its place in this most esteemed of catalogues.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 5 December
Review Score: 8