Deep Space Orchestra have been carving out a very nice name for themselves over the past year, and alongside the likes of Cottam and KRL itʼs safe to say that they are helping to establish an exciting new movement of raw, Detroit-inspired house. The DIY approach is very much a part of their ethic, as is the underground feel and aesthetic which imbues their own Use Of Weapons label as well as their recent releases on similarly minded vinyl-orientated labels such as Foto and Kirk Degiorgioʼs legendary ART.
The release we have here is perhaps their most refined music yet, showing a development in their production level on two tracks which are brimming with a warmth and fatness whilst retaining that critical raw edge which only a handful of the most exacting producers seem capable of. Lo Pan builds around a fat,
bouncing bass line and a brilliantly lilting groove created by straight 808 hats and shuffling shakers. The feel keeps shifting throughout the song, sometimes superswung, sometimes straight and driving, all the while simple Detroit strings build and analogue arps are layered up building the tension in the arrangement.
Up next we have Delusions favourites Trickski on board for a remix of Lo Pan and for those who loved their track The Warmup from last year youʼre in for a real treat. Here the Berlin boys add their own warped out vocal lines to a muscular yet deconstructed groove that is unrelenting in its dark yet funked up vibe.
Finally, we have the second of the original tracks Disarm which goes heavy on the 909 building in intensity throughout the duration of the track. Once again, a brilliantly executed slice of contemporary UK house via Detroit and Chicago that weʼre sure will please all fans of the recent Rush Hour and Clone releases no end.
Published: 5th May 2011