Ain't nothin' but grooves on this Holic Trax EP, but what grooves they are…
Recipe for success: take one certified house originator, a man whose production career goes all the way back to '89 and the classic Tears. Add one contemporary Italian house/tech-house hero, whose first release wasn't until 2008 but who's now firmly esconced in the upper branches of the house tree. Chuck 'em in a studio and stir until an excellent four-track EP for Tomoki Tamura's Holic Trax label emerges.
Do It is up first, one of those tracks that'll straddle deep/tech/prog divides with ease, not to mention a vaguely French Kiss-y thob, shimmering synths and some barely-there female vocal snips. Next comes What Row, another chuggy, throbbing affair but this time operating more clearly in deep tech territory. To Ray then ups the tempo slightly and sprinkles in a soupçon of acid, before finally the digital-only You Know plays us out in a more drifty, late-night vein with the addition of some spooky synths redolent of 80s electro.
If I seem to have whizzed through those four tracks at breakneck speed, it's because none of them actually 'does' a great deal - these are strictly grooves, tracky shit aimed fair and square at the dancefloor. But when you're talking the sheer quality of groove that only two true house masters could come up with, who's grumbling?
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 3 July
Review Score: 8