The brainchild of Washerman, Deep Down Slam has been around since February 2013, but it managed to deliver an astounding number of six releases in less than 10 months. For us it was love at first play right from the first incarnation that had Washerman and James Johnston unleash a solid old-skool house release, to the unexpected fine debut of Brame & Klansee or to Alex Agore's iconic feature. Fast forward to present times and we find Deep Down Slam's first release in 2014 to be a collaboration between London based producer Mikki Funk who already made a name for himself with features and releases on Made Fresh Daily, Music Is Love, Say Ahh! and Sccucci Manucci to name a few and the Berlin based producer Peer Du making his utmost debut in the world of soulful deep house.
MIkki Funk opens 'The Berlondine Connection' to quickly 'Take You There' starting of with an enchanted tropical summer day where a beat moves slowly a pair of congas that seem to trail under a clear sky of atmospheric keys, warm synths, and glistening melodies that grow and build into a full fledged epic beach sunset anthem reminiscent of those early house grooves ! Up next Peer Du comes 'So Close' to our souls and delivers his solid aforementioned debut, soulful deep warmer where between the layers of sure kicks, dark basslines, strobed keys and glistening synths, the very distinct vocals of Marty Altman gives us the love and hope to find "the holy grail that we are looking for".
Side B starts with dance driven take on Peer Du's earlier breath of air by none other than Mikki Funk who garages it up a bit, retaining the original vocals of 'So Close' and infusing it with a hefty dose of funky beats, wobbly rhodes and slapping percussions, getting it ready to also move your soles, besides your souls. Just as closing the circle, Mikki Funk has the honour of closing this round piece of wax with a 'Master Groove', a trip back in time to the first age of the 808 where machines made the music and the soul made the groove, that feeling that's been missing for way too long when "the music felt so good" you could just let it "take control".
Why are you still reading this? Go and buy it so that your kids will grow up listening to proper house music :)