Review: Producer Joe Deamer dons the Medrea guise for the very first time, in the process notching up the fifth release on the hyped Hokkaido Dance Club imprint. Deamer's style is, like many modern deep house and techno producers, simultaneously lo-fi and melodious, as the attractively swinging opener "Untitled" makes abundantly clear. His rich and rolling original version is given the remix treatment by Church and PT/5 regular Happa, who turns it into a wild chunk of left-field house full of discordant 8-bit melodies and off-kilter rhythms. Over on side B, Deamer delivers a jeweled goblet of liquid deep house ("Untitled 2"), before working his drum machines hard on the distorted, L.I.E.S style throb of "OTTHP".
Soul Mass Transit System - "Heart Sing" (Passion mix) (7:50)
Soul Mass Transit System - "Heart Sing" (Vanilla Cream mix) (6:46)
D Jason - "Deception" (5:55)
Baby J - "Freakin'" (6:26)
Review: After a break of almost two years the Hokkaido Dance Club crew is back in business with an EP that explores the growth of UK garage revivalism. Soul Mass Transit System handles side A, serving up two versions of "Heart Sing": the undeniably weighty, organ-flecked speed garage flex of the "Passion Mix" and the even more bass-heavy, hybrid two-step/4-4 garage vibes of the "Vanilla Cream Mix". D. Jason opens up the flipside with the Todd Edwards style vocal cut-ups, warming organ stabs and breezy two-step drums of "Deception", before Baby J brings the curtain down via the stabbing female vocal samples, rumbling bass and crispy drums of late night workout "Freakin'".