28 Jun

Rootstrax – Harlequin

Anonymity in Music is a tricky one to pull off. Working either for you or against you in that if it's not attached to something/backed by something/someone larger chances are it may get overlooked. But for years some of the best moments in music have been done by well known people under an alias that was never to be revealed.

So today’s track kind of falls in the anonymous bracket, Rootstrax – Harlequin on DJ Deep run Parisian Deeply Rooted House label.

It originally came out back in 2011, and at the time caused a bit of a stir. Who was behind it? Was it Pepe Bradock, DJ Deep himself, Kerri Chandler or where the smart money is St Germain but as Deep says the artist will remain anonymous for now.

But really at the end of the day it doesn't matter because it's just an incredible bit of bass lead deep house.

The track starts off with a meandering 2 step garage-esq bass line that leaves you wondering where the drums are, they come but only when the track is ready for them, drifting up on a slow attack they aren't there and then they are, with layers and layer drifting in that arrive almost without you noticing them but keep the pace of the track constantly moving.  A lovely trumpet style stab drifts up and is filtered and rolled across the duration of the track as it just continues to build and build.

It's long been a favourite of mine and i'm surprised it's taken me this long to blog it, but it came up on my mp3 player this week and i swear i've listened to it for almost half my commute this week. At the time lot's of people went for the 808 dub on the flip but for me the bass line in the original is such a killer it's impossible to over look. You can grab it pretty much anywhere, e-music, Beatport or Juno though vinyl copies are understandably very hard to come by.


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