It was a bank holiday here yesterday hence the radio silence but it's back to the grind for one day only. It's nice to have that midweek break so I had a reasonable pep in my step and decided to read Q magazine and catch up on some of the deep house I've had on my phone for a bit. So it's with some irony that as I alighted at Gare Du Nord it was a track I was sent only days ago that popped into my ears, and literally had to be covered:
Exon Bacon – Watching Dogs (Yooj Deep Down Mix)
Before I moved to Paris I lived 4 years in Brussels,it's a totally underrated city, especially on the Music front. It's a little after my time but the Play Label collective have been making quite a stir in the House scene up there, with their nights at places like Cafe Belga in Place Flagey they've built a steady and committed following. The natural step is to move into a label and they have done just that with this their first EP.
I stumbled across Bacon a while ago on the superb Electronical Reeds label, his Crispy EP was essential listening for a long time and revisiting it now off the back of this it's still a superb slice of Deep Techy house, especially One Way Ticket to Space – track it down.
Watching Dogs is much darker but a lot more driving, the production is crisp but the track doesn't feel sterile like so much dance music in this day and age, there is a genuine feeling of funk in the big squelching bass and the floating delayed vocals coupled with the sliding drum track bring me back to early Cajmere, pre-Virgin Basement Jaxx and Deep Dish the way the vocals are used as an element of percussion – it's hypnotising.
And continuing the throw back comparisons the mix I keep going back to is Yooj remix which is our featured track, which is a much much more soulful track but deeply rooted in the original track. Again, whilst it's wrong to make comparisons in modern music it very much reminded me of early Miguel Migs work for Naked Music and even more so the mighty Blaze. Just the way the soulful groove revolves around the drum beat and the rhythm of the chopped vocal…ah, it's just beautiful NJ style Deep house.
It's an amazing throwback track, good to the point that it's even had my three year old son, the most harshest of critics, bouncing his head along to the groove and saying play it again daddy – now how good a recommendation do you want?
It's out, (checks calendar) today, which is great news as it's a must grab, and has been getting some serious rotation from both myself and fourbearsjr.