RIYL: deep house

Label: Comatonse Recordings

The third installment in one of my favorite records of the year, Long TraxYellow / Ivory / Rust got a limited repress due to the high demand. Will Long (aka Celer) marked his first foray in to deep house this year with Purple / Blue and DJ Sprinkles came in after each track to put his lovely touch on. Long’s brand of deep house is heavily informed by his background in ambient/drone production as Celer (obligatory R.I.P. Chubby Wolf by the way), keeping his percussion to a minimum. DJ Sprinkles comes in the studio to crank up what makes these tracks deep house to an 11. The difference between deep house and house primarily lies in the fact that the former is jazz-based and the latter is disco/funk-based; imagine deep house as the gin martini while house is the Alabama Slammer. Sprinkles’ overdub of “Pigs,” possibly my favorite track, has a soulful bark that punctures the syrupy synths along with crisp hi-hats and guaranteed it’ll get you moving – this is also the closest to a traditional house track you’re going to get on here. Listen to a preview of all the tracks by clicking the Buy Now button and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Will Long X DJ Sprinkles’ journey to the heart of deep house culminates in the third and final volume in a series of three, offering the broadest yet most subtle, spine-tingling session of the lot, presenting the former’s raw and ‘floor-ready originals backed by the latter’s inimitably sumptuous overdubs.

Conceptually rooted in the queer, black politics of NYC’s late ‘80s and early ‘90s house scene - where Terre Thaemlitz cut her teeth as DJ Sprinkles - the series can be viewed as a vital reminder of that scene’s original values and sense of social democracy, especially when contrasted with the glut of contemporary, commodified representations of that music which sorely miss the mark, or weren’t even aware of the scene’s provenance to begin with.

Make no mistake, though; this is no lecture or snub at younger producers making deep house. Rather, it is evidence of the original form’s latent potential to still generate rare, precious feelings which have been lost or glossed over with subsequent, detached and over-produced translations of its original syntax and intent.

“Deep” is the key word here on many levels, from their poignant use of historical samples by civil rights pioneers Bayard Rustin, Jesse Jackson and Kathleen Cleaver, to the unfiltered innocence of Will Long’s productions and Sprinkles’ corresponding, pensile overdubs, which make utterly incredible use of the frequency spectrum to reveal acres of space in the upper registers and, on the other hand, an honestly breathtaking application of layered subbass tones that are just impossible to describe.

Price $34.36

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