as the boss has said in interviews on this site before, there is nothing tying together the many different releases on danish imprint tartelet. you get techno, minimal, dub, hip-hop and more, one after the other. here though, the imprint offers up a various artists release that sees new names, fledgling names and established names all bringing very different perspectives to a roughshod deep house vista. it’s a debutant, o.p.t who takes an impressive lead, channelling the multi-focus style of moodymann, the undercooked and perfunctory arrangements of gerry read and the bang of classic kerri chandler to concoct a palpably alive sounding jam. the beats are raw, cutting in and out at random as the trilling jazz keys run up and down the dusty face of the thing like a fairground horse. beautifully un-conceited it’ll have you scurrying to find out more about the mysterious talent behind it. good luck.
muff deep, the tartelet act you probably know, goes next with “lost soul”. despite a catchy and emotive vocal, fuzzy filters and fucked up little sounds stop the track from being too saccharine, as do the broken perc lines and paranoid pads which bleed in and out at the breakdown, proving deep house can be both coarse and comforting at the same time. samuel andré madsen chips in at the last following a lovely hip-house ep for this label in november. this time he ditches the broken beats and goes for a drama fuelled, slow release groove that’s imbued with innocently rolling harmonics and an increasingly agitated drum pattern that makes the track stand increasingly tall with each new phase. despite being coated in a swirling and whimsical smallville-like ambiance, there’s a grit and inner tension to “synthony” which makes it that bit more purposeful and engaging than a lot of hamburg’s finest. on this evidence, deep house and tartelet have some new heroes in the making.