Sunday, 9 May 2010

Martin Dawson – Dub Freedom EP

Not a lot to say on this one, just three very solid deep house cuts… except what's particularly worth noting is that Martin Dawson is actually King Roc. Who I spent some time with in St Petersburg a few years back (get me!) and who I can confirm is a very nice bloke indeed.

This three-track EP, however, is much more mellow, organic and soul-infused, much less spikey and electro/techno-y than his King Roc output. Its DNA could be traced back, depending which way you want to look at it, via San Francisco and/or Croydon, all the way to Chicago and New Jersey… or you could just call it straight-up classic house music. Which I think we will.

If forced to pick a fave I'd go for Dub Freedom itself, just cos it's got a bit more of a dancefloor swing than Elephant or Jamaica, but really, all three tracks are very good indeed. And Elephant has an understated organ riff to die for.

Out: This week

About: Well, Matthew Dawson AKA King Roc we've already talked about. Can't seem to find a website or anything for Cambridge-based Also Ran, the label this is on, but here's a little blurb about on them on Resident Advisor.

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