Seems like ages since I had anything through from Hudd Trax, but maybe they've just somehow gotten overlooked… anyway, this latest release shows there's no danger of the Yorkshire-based deep house label's quality standards slipping any.
Living Free itself is powered along by tuff, no-nonsense kicks, atop which vocal snips and lingering pads are slowly added before the full spoken male vocal comes in. A stripped-down treat for mangled 4am dancefloors… when the spirit is willing but the legs are weary!
Somewhat oddly, given the EP title, Living Free is presented in just the one mix, but you get three of the other cut, I Want It Back. Another sterling deep houser, Mr G's Taking It Back Mix is, as the name suggests, a trip back to the old skool style, while Luna City add a little proggy wobble, but I think my favourite - just – is Little Fritter's own Ruff Mix, a sparse yet sultry delight.
It's a close thing, though – basically what we have here are four very solid helpings of proper deep house for the underground faithful. Go seek.
Out: This week
About: Hudd Trax are based in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. The label's run by the Slum Science boys, and since its birth in 2005 they've put out material from the likes of Rolando, JT Donaldson and Iz & Diz, which gives you an idea of the kind of quality to expect!
Little Fritter & Zare, meanwhile, hail from down under. If you want to know more, you can find out all you need to know about Little Fritter at Resident Advisor or hit up Zare's Soundcloud page.
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