This has been one fine year for Crosstown Rebels. The London-based label has been wreaking dance floor havoc with a relentless turnover of quality releases since 2003; and with a recent IDMA nomination for Best Underground Track for Maceo Plex's 'Can't Leave You', it's safe to say the otherwise humble imprint is spreading its tasteful underground house flavour 'cross (London)town and beyond.
Following on from the well-received 'Beautiful World' which included works by Deniz Kurtel and Daniel Bortz, the rebels bring us yet another quality three-tracker, this time featuring house and future techno favourite Gavin Herlihy tag teaming with one of the most prolific female house producers, Laura Jones.
First up on the EP is 'Witching Hour'. Suitably titled, this is a goosebump-enducing synth driven groove with an eerily sexy vocal sample that cuts through a plucky bass line which drives the energy nicely into the drop. Gavin Herlihy's techno influence is definitely evident here.
Dialled down a notch but no less evocative is 'Inner Place'. With this Laura Jones puts the emphasis on keys and a similarly haunting vocal but this time using a lazier groove. Some nice 80s style claps give it some flair and wide pads give rise to a feeling of late night one-ness with the dancefloor. As deep as house gets.
Track 3 is a beatless version of 'Inner Place' for those who like their deep house a bit more ethereal. All in all, strong EP.
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