Melodymathics consistently releases terrific records from some of my heroes and my heroes’ heroes: Alex Agore is a frequent flyer by now, and had a fantastic Record Store Day release with the label that we covered at some length here.
This 10″ split was announced at around the same time as Alex’s RSD record and completely blind sided me. Dan Curtin’s “Deserted Station” is phenomenal – six minutes and nineteen seconds of pulsing Deep House and you’ll wish it was six minutes more. I’ve played this on heavy rotation since having forgotten about it and stumbling across it again and it never gets worn out. It’s also an incredibly flexible track, playable in sets from deeper tech to even music with a more afro-tribal flair – mix with anything with a bassline worth a hip shake, and you’re good.
In the fashion of several Melodymathics records, the other side of the 10″ is reserved for a new discovery. “I Want You” is by Amtek & E-Freak featuring Mike Ekim, described as “three young Belgians” who have some predilection for big round basslines and deep soulful vocals. I’m not sure how Side A & B go to together here but they’re plenty outstanding on their own. Melodymathics often drops little loops at the end of their records, presumably for use as DJ tools or production aids, and if you’re into that, there are a couple of those 7 second arrhythmias on here too.
Apparently, this 10″ beauty still has yet to be released. It’s one of the few bright spots of the chronic inability of record pressing plants to meet demand in the United States (and apparently overseas as well) that I get a second shot at records like this that I thought I’d slept on. Don’t make the same mistake.