The excellent Cinematic label charges into 2014 with a meaty new Various ArtistEP that features tracks by label head Soy Mustafa, acid man Jared Wilson, dub specialist XDB and relative newcomer City 2 City.
Both Soy and City 2 City have previously appeared on a vinyl only sub label of Chez Damiers Balance Recordings with essential house offerings and come up with the goods once again here.
New Detroit hero Jared Wilson, meanwhile, has been making waves with his searing acid techno on labels like Skudge and Grecian XDB has long been a champion of deep, droning dub on labels like Echochord and Sistrum.
Up first is the label heads Delphic Times. The track is beautifully deep and spacious, meaning the subtle melodies have plenty of room in which to float about as slinky percussive lines undulate above bottomless drums. Its a clean, atmospheric track that packs a seriously emotional punch before XDBs Violi comes over as a much more edgy and busy affair. Rooted in dark dubby chambers, impish little synth lines dart about like fire flies in the night and drag your attention with them. Purposeful but poised, its another serene and sublime concoction from one of the days most revered producers.
On the flip, City 2 City aka gets extremely atmospheric on his sci-fi tinged and cosmically inclined deep house vision, Way of Life. Lush synths variously lash about like sheets of metal, but also get smeared across the whole face of the track as techno leaning percussion scurries along below. Its moody, Detroit referencing stuff that brings classic Planet E material to mind before the EP is closed down in face melting, dancefloor destroying style by Jared Wilson.
His rasping, frantic acid cut is a bristling brew of analogue lines, itchy hi hats and gurgling synths that will arrest the attention of any dancefloor. This stunning EP is an essential offering for fans of genuinely raw and emotive house music that showcases four very real talents at their absolute best.