Following on a strong EP on Fouk's Outplay, Loz Goddard steps up to the plate for an EP on Secret Reels, the label run by Purple Velvet. It's been fascinating to see Goddard's sound evolve from fairly clean and straightforward sample-based deephouse to ever more raw and slightly left of centre basement gear with intricate melody lines and a ton of swing over the course of a few releases. The 'Whisper To Me' EP is easily his most accomplished and well-rounded effort to date. 'A Way We All Accept' on the A bumps and grinds in all the right places with it deep drums, strings and chopped up vocals. It reminds me of the classic stuff that used to come out on Jamie Thinness' Seasons label in the late 90s. Have a listen below, belter of a track.
Also on the A is Fifth Flight, a moody shuffler with sweet, yearning vocal loops and smooth acidic melody lines.
Junktion rewires 'A Way We All Accept' on the flip with the flair and panache we've come to expect from the prolific Dutchman. Our pal beefed things up a little and added some crisp hats and tight drums, turning the smooth original into a proper juggernaut. Goddard wraps things up with the lovely 4000B's. Loose jazzy keys set the mood, fresh claps set the pace and more expertly placed vocal samples make this another winner. Hard to pick a favourite here, which is always a good sign.
File under prime club fodder. Out now on lovely-sounding black plastic, pick 'er up here.