tsuba continues to offer up ever more refined house offerings across all its many label arms, but none more so than the vinyl only offshoot. following on from a steely, techno drenched effort from milton jackson, it’s a various artist effort this time round, with one of the most on-point and under rated uk producers, blm, of fear of flying, taking the a-side all to himself. ‘shepherd bush steppaz’ is just like you’d imagine from its title: a restless garage skip permeates the entire track from start to finish, with clean, unfussy kicks and silvery percussion rumbling above a lingering pad. pacey and clipped, the track hurries you along on a slightly mystic vibe, conjuring images of taking the city night bus home in the dead of night. it’s efficient yet deadly.
moodtrap take a punchier, more raw edged and hardcore deep house tact on their ’04.01’. a rubbery bassline dives up and down throughout, scraping hi hats drag themselves between sandpaper claps and swirling synth notes bring some warmth and heat to the otherwise drum lead workout. a lot of this type of stuff – which has never been bigger than in 2012 – sounds samey and cut from the same cloth, though moodtrap imbue their arrangement with enough rough and tumble to make it stand out from the crowd. ‘moonrunners’ close out the no nonsense, dancefloor focussed ep with ‘house in the ghetto’; again characterised by punchy, rolling kicks, neon organ stabs and plenty of 90s new jersey vibes, making for a racy and sweaty ride that doesn’t get stuck in any one rut or rivet for too long.