Review from Kristan Caryl of Teshno.com
the last roundabout sounds release was a lo-fi and summery house excursion with plenty of whimsical charm. appropriately, though, this ep (split between duijn & douglas, joe roundabout and denny trajkov) mines a less frilly, more direct deep house vein that’s all burnt autumnal browns instead of sun-kissed yellows. opener ‘i need a bass’ in fact is the very definition of economical efficiency: a buried-in-the-mix and rolling bassline brings subtle movement, the salt-shaker hi-hats keep the whole thing nicely frictionless and some detroit referencing sci-fi synths meander at their own pace in the background… it’s unassuming, archetypal deep house bliss.
‘insert k into’ has a more concertinaed bassline which folds in on itself every rotation, and here the opening and closing synth lines are more prominent than their cousins in the opener. the hi-hats, too, are sharper, but only serve to have you dance your dance with a little more fervour rather than switch it up entirely.
the boss’s contribution is the roughest round the edges as is often his want: it bangs a little firmer and does so with rawer surfaces, but is still all about the stripped-bare, virtually non-stop groove. tiny flecks of keyboard funk appear in the midst of the hats and beats as they roll on, adding a sense of subtleness to the well-weighted kicks below. again, seriously, it’s deep house excellence.
closer ‘miliz’ is the dirty, scratchy, restless yin to the instantly established and effortlessly contented yang of the first three tracks. its percussion is unsettled, the synths are restless and beats thump with a hint of aggression. though some repeating hits and claps do bring a little order eventually, the unsettling vibe already looms large… a winning ep on all counts. (read the interview i did with joe if you want more info.)