Napoli’s nicest Dj Dep applies the personal touch with his welcome return to the Clarisse control room. Master of the ‘Dirty Synth’ and happy to get ‘Loose and Casual’, Luigi de Palma has left his fingerprints all over turntables across the globe, his sound dug by Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli, Marco Carola, Pete Tong, Matthias Tanzmann and Joseph Capriati. Labels-wise, Circus, Elrow, Deeperfect and Defected are a five-star sample section of those benefitting from the patent brand of Dep dexterity.

‘Touch Me’ takes on a classic rough against smooth formula. At the top end, free-spirited female vocals, restless with a risqué edge, look for skin-on-skin contact, surrounded by spectral, glitchy shimmers and a percolator of a rhythm. All of a bit of a headswim in isolation, whereas lower down, Dep’s spicy bassline, swelling, heaving and withdrawing like clockwork, duels with beats bursting with clout to let you know you’re in a dance floor battle.

Reactivating the track with his usual fluid style, Mendo comes to the party with fizzy percussion click-clacking its way to the top, and continues to make the vocals dart and wink in and out of the mix so the club is completely under the temptress’ spell to the point of orgasm. Guaranteed to get everyone loose with its bobbing and bouncing bass, Mendo softens the edges of the original while keeping the temperature topped up, and puts Dep’s shivery samples through their paces like an icy blast on top. A pair of dance floors movers Midas would’ve been proud of.




Artist: DJ Dep
Title: Touch Me EP
Label: Clarisse Records
Release Date: 2021-09-10




– jbravo
Juany Bravo

Managing Editor