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Deep Future

Fixations

Already 20 releases deep, Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint has hosted an array of unforgettable names in today’s rising House scene. The Fixations EP continues to supply party destroyers from an impressive blend of original and remixing producers. Deep Future aka Brian Durkin is an Irish talent that has seen much success in the underground realm over the past few years. Now scooped up by Gruuv he sees his own original work graced by the hands of remixers Detroit Swindle and Dirty Channels. As Audiojack proves their A&R skills once again, their imprint launches another future classic into the hands of DJs and fans alike.

Opening up with Let Me Go, one can expect groove led, drum heavy beats that embrace the contemporary sound of Deep House. A hooky synth line, looped vocal clips, hi-strings, and shuffling snares build the composition in true contemporary style. You Need It follows with a deep and driving bit of House with bright synth lines and punchy drums leading the way. A sharp bass hook and blend of vocal chops round off the cut as a tasteful Deep House number. On the B-side Dirty Channels does the honor of remixing Let Me Go with their Gruuvy Rework. Delivering a great interpretation, the track brings a bright saw bass hook to the foreground, layering the synthesized elements as a deep background depth. The structure takes on the basics of adding elements every 32 bars building to a central peak and riding out tight and raw rhythms the whole way through.

Dutch duo Detroit Swindle turn You Need It into a more dubby feel with their Never Enough Interpretation. With the drums being more laid back, the atmosphere opens with melodic elements filling in and taking control. An infectious arp line builds from the top before reaching the climactic peak where raw chords and a tweaky acid line veer the track into more peak time material. Yet another outstanding Deep House release from Gruuv, two hotly tipped duos on remix duties and a forerunner in original production, the imprint never ceases to amaze the ears.