Review: For the latest missive on his reliable Sistrum imprint, Motor City stalwart Patrice Scott has decided to introduce us to Butch Haynes - or at least his productions (Scott has declined to provide further details thus far). What we can tell you is that "Ghost Ego" is really good - a deliciously deep and seductive shuffle through organic deep house/jazz-funk fusion rich in bluesy female vocal samples, rich bass guitar, toasty Fender Rhodes chords, fluid vibraphone motifs and tons of intricate additional percussion. Scott delivers his own deliciously deep, groovy and jazzy house interpretation on side B, adding a whisper of Latin flavour, tasty pianos and liquid synths, while bonus cut "Feelingz" is a head-nodding chunk of Guru style jazzy instrumental hip-hop dopeness.
Review: Last time we heard from Son of Sound man Henry Maldonado, he was serving up seductive deep house grooves in the company of old pal Jus-Ed. Here he serves up his most significant solo release via a solid three-tracker on Patrice Scott's Sistrum label. Maldonado is on a particularly sparkling form on A-side "Evolve", a jazz-flecked, synthesizer-laden affair that sits somewhere between the jazzy brilliance of Kaidi Tatham, the soulful warmth of Kai Alce and the classic smoothness of Ron Trent. Elsewhere, "The Music" is a warm and groovy deep house roller propelled forward by rubbery synth-bass and woozy chords, while "Be About It" is a loopy, thickset fusion of thrusting deep house beats, galactic chords and fizzing jazz-funk flourishes.