Friday, 6 April 2012

Various - It's Like That EP

5 And Dime do it again, with another V/A ep packed with deep house goodness.

Heading up the charge is Tony Rodelli, who supplies two of the EP's four tracks. Lost Love is an atmospheric, near-instrumental groove with drawn-out synth washes, old skool chords and chopped-up male vocal snips sitting atop chugging, rolling beats, while the EP's title track is another slow-moving, moody cut with "it's like that" vocal insertions (nothing to do with the Run DMC track, btw) above mournful chords, glitchy clicks n' pops and a bassline that's got 'mid-80s Easy Street' written all over it.

Elsewhere, Kurtz's Retrostatic continues the Jersey connection with its languid organ-led stylings, while completing the EP is a surprise appearance by none other than Bid Muzik boss Sean Biddle, who here leaves the hi-octane disco-house alone for a minute and shows he knows how to move the more underground floors as well, The Chicago Blueberry being a tuff deep chugger with a male voice namechecking the Windy City on a loop throughout and synths that nod, just a little and to these ears anyway, to Guerrilla-style progressive house circa 1992/93.

Four solid, driving cuts best suited to afterhours action in dark basements, with Kurtz just edging it for me.

Out: This week

About: Denver's 5 And Dime can be found at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud. Incidentally I've just noticed them saying some very kind words about this blog on their Press page, so thanks guys!

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