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Barker & Baumecker
Marc Barreca
Steve Bug
Terrence Dixon
Cornelius Dufallo
Christian Fennesz
Fur Coat
Stefan Goldmann
The Green Kingdom
Chihei Hatakeyama
Benjamin Herman
Insa Donja Kai
Julia Kent
K. Leimer
Lymbyc Systym
Markus Mehr
Glen Porter
Tom Recchion
Karriem Riggins
Steve Roden
System Of Survival
Henry Threadgill Zooid
Twigs & Yarn

John Coltrane
Roxy Music
Wayne Shorter

Compilations / Mixes
Deep Love 2
Fabriclive 65: DJ Hazard
Robag Wruhme

Ahern and Packard
Henry & Louis
Sven Laux
Phasen & Refurb
Pleq + Hiroki Sasajima
Sontag Shogun
Strom Noir
Nobuto Suda
Andy Vaz

Phasen & Refurb: Market Street EP
5 and Dime Recordings

Ryan Parmer (aka Phasen) pairs up with Refurb, who contributed a remix of “Deep Tides” to the 2011 Phasen EP Sunshine, for three smooth deep house originals on their Market Street EP. “Off the Cuff” immediately sets the EP's tone with its luscious vibe: soulful female vocal accents and echo-drenched synthetic radiance inhabit the tune's upper layers, while a chunky bass pulse and buoyant house groove take care of the low end. Helped along by shotgun claps and a strutting groove, “Wily” swings deliciously—even when its creators occasionally drench its jacking pulse in synthetic sparkle—, while “Lofty” adds the smooth drawl of an MC's “Ladies and gentlemen” to the tune's midtempo groove.

On the remix front, Loz Goddard slows the tempo of “Wily” ever so slightly to maximize its silky and sensual side before building up its funkier dimension with a steamy flow of hi-hats and bass thunder. Loco Records founders Karol XVII & MB Valence also appear to give “Off the Cuff” a bumping, stripped-down makeover that provides perhaps the EP's trippiest and funkiest moments. Market Street clearly argues that after earlier flirtations with IDM and ambient forms, the Orlando, Florida-born Parmer's hit pay dirt in concentrating on deep house. Without question, the material he's crafted with Refurb on this thirty-one-minute EP goes down ever-so-easily.

October 2012