Off the back of the house ‘revival’, deep house has seen the marketing men trying to curry favour with an au fait compilation crowd.
Crosstown Rebels has long been at the forefront, and while some of this three-disc collection sounds like it’s looking down its nose at the canapés being passed round the dancefloor’s outskirts – a common label trait of being a bit too down low from up high – you can’t argue with the bests of Maceo Plex, Mathew Jonson, Art Department and Amirali (‘Beautiful World’, below).
Drugging up Detroit grooves and pushing smoothness holding a pose, this how the pros really get down. Accept no imitations.
Words: Matt Oliver
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