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Knee Deep In Sound is back with a new 8 Track album, this time from the highly respected German/Ghanaian DJ Ben Rau.
Rau has been crafting well designed tunes for years now on a range of esteemed labels, but he really steps up here with a range of sounds from all points on the underground spectrum.
There is a feeling of nostalgia to the opener thanks to its found sounds of children playing in a summer park. Then it is straight to business with Burning which is a busy, powerful but deep house tune with excellent bass and drums. There is a 90s feel to the US house of Work On Me and Calling Out Your Name (I Can’t Sleep) then gets more expressive with big room, disco-tinged synth loops that build the pressure.
The ravey and hard hitting Body Groove is just that – designed for dancing, and the physical grooves keep coming with A New Beginning and its twisted acid, emotive vocal and cosmic synths. Can’t Give Up feat. Salena Mastroianni is another big moment thanks to the hands in the air vocals and piano over bouncing and feel good drums, and closer The Healing layers up finger clicks, mournful bass and wooden drums into something that eventually breaks out into a party.
This is a superb showcase of Rau’s unique house sound.