2018 Dec 30     
2 Bit Thugs

The UK producer serves up an eclectic EP for the Macedonian labal

Macedonia's Artefact Records have been around for a good eight years now, and as such should need little introduction to deep house lovers. This, their 66th release, is a three-track EP from label regular Soul Equation.

A pleasingly varied affair it is, too. The EP opens with Jazztones, an unsurprisingly jazz-tinged deep houser that featured on the label's Miami sampler back in March, and that sports a spoken "welcome to the jazz workshop" vocal, a nice hefty bassline, reverberating piano chords and just a hint of Balearic sunshine. Title track Out The Blue, which follows, is more your straight-up 5am drifter, again served with plenty of warm, luxuriant bottom end - not to mention chords/stabs and sax flutterings that recall the very deepest of Italian house from the early 90s. And then finally there's Reprise, which takes us towards that place where deep and progressive/melodic house collide, complete with ominous synths, twittering flutes and the occasional hint of sampled, spoken fem vox.

Jazztones would be my pick of the three but this is quality stuff all round, making this an EP that should suit deep house spinners of various different micro-persuasions.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 December



Review Score: 8




Tags: Soul Equation, Artefact Records, deep house, house