Alex from The Others has been in the game for a few years now. His first release on DP was in 2007 with a couple of great little tunes, 'Africa' and 'Ganja Man'. Now solo and still loyal to the Dub Police crew, his sound is a lot more polished, and this EP shows it. 'Voyager' keeps things bang up-to-date with trap influences that segue into a metallic dubstepper. 'Amazonia VIP' is all darkside swagger.
It’s obviously no coincidence that the cover of Jesse Rose’s latest, on his own Play It Down label, apes that of Thomas Bangalter’s inimitable Roule imprint. This French fried disco number has been filtered to absolute buggery, and laden with the nifty compression trick that gave all those great releases from Bangalter, DJ Falcon and Alan Braxe their pulsing, heady vibe. It’s an unashamedly massive tune (playing to the crowd with its scarcely unrecognisable sample, from Chaka Khan’s 'I’m Every Woman') and one should treat it as such.
There are few male vocals in modern soul music which even approach delivering the deep, velvet joy which avid helmet-wearer Cody ChestnuTT’s evokes. So this is obviously pretty sensational. Argentineans West and Sahagun treat his sumptuous vox with the utmost respect, a deeply satisfying dub bassline driving things along skilfully. Okain’s mix goes stabby garage, while label bosses Dirk Hermann and Andreas Mueller evoke the spirit of Raze’s heart-breaking 'Break 4 Love' on their interpretation.
Around one minute and 34 seconds into 'The Touch', a broad, beaming grin should, if your face is all working properly, start to spread warmth into your soul. Scots wunderkind Grum has manipulated a Nina Simone album to some rather devastating effect here. It’s the kind of affirming house music that makes you fall in love with it all over again and want to hug strangers on a sweaty, pulsating dancefloor. In the sun. Add some very competitive mixes from Sebastian Leger, Solaris Heights and Andre Sobota, and you have an ample and unexpected contender for track of the summer.