Aki Bergen's Neurotraxx Deluxe might be one of the hippest labels around right now, but this latest offering from the man himself actually comes courtesy of the equally non-unhip Tokyo House Underground. There are three mixes to choose from, in what the hype sheet quite justifiably deems “a well-rounded collection”.
In its original form, Melancholy is a big room, dark-ish tech-houser with big, tribal-leaning drums, “too much” vocal snips and a druggy, warehouse-y vibe overall. As for the remixes, they both come from Masahiro Suzuki, who's also a Neurotraxx regular. His Sunnyday Service Mix is a more house-fied joint than Bergen's original, upping the fun factor with retro hands-in-the-air pianos and a jaunty walking bassline. His Navy Soltaire Remix [sic], meanwhile, is an unhurried yet still reasonably energetic groover, with a rolling, funk-fuelled b-line and garage-y female vocal overlays.
Sitting somewhere between traditional deep house and that more contemporary Berlin/East London sound, the latter mix is likely to find friends in both camps. It's also the rub that stands out most for me but it's a close thing… this is a strong package all round.
Out: This week
About: You can find Tokyo House Underground… erm… actually I can't seem to find a website or any of the usual social media links but here they are on Mixcloud