ZaVen serves up two originals, while Deeper System and Spring Reason & Below Bangkok take care of remix business
Dutch producer ZaVen last featured on this site back in August with an excellent EP for Italy's La Pitti Records; now he serves up a four-tracker for Canada's Ready Mix Records that's every bit as good.
There are two original cuts to choose from, Ship On The Horizon itself and Indi. The former is a deeper-than-deep house groove that's really aimed more at post-club chillin' than it is at the dancefloor - with its warm, dubby bassline, languid, muted 4/4s, lingering pads and almost minimal-style, barely-there top-end percussion, this is one to lose yourself in. Indi, while following a not-dissimilar blueprint, is just a notch or two livelier and as such will be equally at home in the warm-up or in the headphones.
The remixes come from Deeper System and Spring Reason & Below Bangkok, and slightly oddly they're both of Indi rather than the title track. Deeper System's rub beefs up the kicks and swaps out the b-line for something a lil' more funk-fuelled and sinuous while adding some male vocal snips, making this the obvious choice for dancefloor play, while SR&BB head in the opposite direction and bring us a sparse, echo-y rub that's even more 'late night' than the Original.
It's not for the snapback-wearing masses, admittedly, but this is a deep house EP that oozes quality from every pore.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8