Rarefied Air (Hieroglyphic Being Experience 43 reprise) (6:49)
Rarefied Air (Steven Tang Dense Air reprise) (6:10)
Review: Given the talent involved, you'd expect this collaboration between Detroit veteran Keith 'K-Dub' Worthy, Steven Tang and Jamal 'Hieroglyphic Being' Moss to be rather special. Predictably, it's excellent. The A-side boasts two versions of "Rarefied Air" from Worthy, who delivers nothing short of emotion-rich Detroit techno brilliance, complete with bouncy synth bass, swirling deep space melodies and restless percussion. The Dub, in particular, is superb. On the flip, Moss makes the track raw and uncompromising, layering twisted acid lines atop a thumping, tribal techno groove. Tang closes proceedings with a version that sits somewhere between the two schools, placing a long spoken word vocal sample atop mind-bending electronics, spacey chords and hissing percussion.
Review: The Sound Oasis 12" sees Italian producer and DJ Joe Drive adds Aesthetic Audio to an already impressive discography that includes turn outs for Ethereal Sounds, Mathematics and Lux Rec; it's perhaps Drive's most high profile release to date too, as he shares plate space with label boss Keith Worthy. If you've checked Drive's previous releases for the aforementioned labels you'll know he operates in the deeper end of the house spectrum and thus is a nice fit for Aesthetic Audio. Rawness and deepness are applied in equal measures on Joe Drive's lead track "That's How I Feel" which begins like an instrumental version of Lil Louis' "Blackout" before veering in a more luscious direction characterised by abstract melodic textures and loose tumbling drums. Two more cuts from Drive follow with "Amnios" particularly sumptuous, which is perhaps why Worthy himself chose to rework the track, retaining those haunting chords but twisting the production into something a lot more stripped back and bumpy.
Review: Keith Worthy dons a new alias called Lamar for the Guilty Pleasures EP on his own Aesthetic Audio label. A grubby bassline and sprocket wheelin' beats create a smudgy and down-beat groove in "Guilty Pleasures", lightened by flutey keys and a synth line that sounds like a distant buzzing swarm of hornets. "Karma" is as melodious as it it confusing. Locked to a four-four framework, a cathedral organ repetitiously builds in size, surrounded by fluttering and spacey electronics - further defining the producers take on the futuristic Detroit and K-Worthy deep house sound.
Review: Keith Worthy's Aesthetic Audio imprint is always a trusted stable for refined deep house excursions, and France's Life Recorder is a logical addition to the ranks with his delicate, shimmering cuts that positively overflow with nutritious melodies. "Keep Maintain" slyly works some forthright drums into the mix, almost unnoticed for the the narcoleptic pads to intoning a message of ultimate peace. "No Look Back" equally stands out for its sturdy rhythms carefully masked behind winsome daubs of synthesised expression, but it's that hypnotic tone that informs Aesthetic Audio releases and it's found at every turn on this record.
Review: The gorgeous Aesthetic Audio had quite a year, releasing those timeless Keith Worthy joints along with one of Steven Tang's most epic moments! "Aerial" kicks things off in true Chicago style, where a bouncy, rave-filtered bass line hops to and fro amid raw snares; and "Verged" introduces a truly awesome beatdown and some killer Tang-stamped pads! "Glimmer" opens the B-side, and what can we say, it's just another hypnotic house moment, flowing smoothly into the deeper waters of "Rocket Deep", Tang's most elusive moment on the EP and further proof of his overflowing talent.
Review: Detroit native Kevin Worthy (aka Worthy Is Deep) lives up to his name with "Emotional Content" - three slices of laidback, atmospheric cuts that ooze with warm pads and synths. Great stuff for all the Omar S and Patrice Scott fans!
Review: These days, Detroit deep house veteran Keith Worthy can't seem to decide whether to use his given name or the alternative Lamar alias. Here he's in full K-Worthy mode, delivering a belated debut album chock full of sci-fi influenced deep house, Motor City dancefloor soul and evocative, heavily electronic club jams. Worthy is a fine producer with a great knack for balancing the demands of the dancefloor with his love of atmosphere, texture and melody. This trait courses through the heat of K Dub Music, which simply ripples with quality from start to finish. Highlights are plentiful, from the deep, melodious techno warmth of "Karma ($ of NC Mix)", to the off-kilter rhythms, sci-fi sounds and fizzing cymbals of "Deeptroit".
Review: You know you're in for a deep ride when it comes to the Aesthetic Audio camp, and one look at the list of artists involved in tells you this latest release will be no different. Label boss Keith Worthy kicks things off with a jam that keeps the energy levels up without sacrificing the dreamy ethos of the label, while Miruga opts for a blissful broken dub techno excursion. Jose Rico kicks off the flip with the slow and punchy orchestrations of "Alright Someday Will Come", and then Michael Zucker cooks up a mean disco groove around which plentiful amounts of wistful melody can drift.