DAMH – Take 2 EP
Label: Stem RecordsScore: 7/10
The old mystery men strategy has been revived for this pair of warm deep house hot-tub dreamscapes, although it does say they’re ‘reputable’ and have already appeared on Pampa Recordings and IRR.
‘Take 2’ rides soft focus keys, featherlight beats and early 90s trouser textures, weirded up by reversed female vocal action and the odd blissful ‘Ooowhee’.
‘What A Waste Of Time’ is built on melodic bass motifs and shimmering keyboards, gaining classic house organ riff and more treated vocals, all coated in luminescent dub aura. Stops midway for an unexpected barbers shop quartet outburst, which allows the groove to come back in with extra stick insect testicle quotient and hallucinogenic aural adornments.
Strange and dream-like double-header which provides the fourth release on Northern England imprint Stem (joining Legowelt, Ultrasone and Mooryc). I wonder whodunnit?