Review: Deep house veteran Darand Land returns on his Urban Imagery imprint, after presenting its inaugural release back in 2014 as well as 2016's Past Life Connection (as Dark City Ensemble). The Buffalo, NY based producer serves up some good ol' fashioned deepness on the new Collection Of Perspectives EP. There's deep hypnotic soul to get those emotions running free like on "On Rotation", the life-affirming groove of "Testi-Motional" is worthy of entering the creates of Alton Miller or Ron Trent, and "Flash Perception" allows for something a bit more upbeat and bumpin' for good vibes later on in the night. Tip!
Review: Chicago underground legend Da Rand Land presents his Urban Imagery imprint, now onto its fifth release. This is the reflection of the struggles and emotions of the inner city through music, where Jose Lau delivers his second release entitled Uprooted Soul. Here are four tracks from familiar territory by a producer who originally hails from Nicaragua. Evident in Lau's debut release are the unique melding of traditional deep house elements with unassuming latin/funk style percussion, as heard on the slinky and sultry "Slow-Drifting Years". A constant throughout is his masterful use of Chicago house style basslines ("Keep It Deep") and delicate pad movements alongside minor-key melodic underpinnings, like on "Mysterious Shaker". The outcome is buffered by lo-fi harmonics and dub overtones. This is late night introspective music to its core.