- Alton Miller has been peddling his smooth deep house grooves since the early 90s on a list of labels that read like a who’s who of Detroit house. Third Ear, Mahogani, Track Mode and Planet E have all seen Miller grace their records at some point or another. Andy Vaz’s Yore is the latest label to accommodate his Midas touch, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Things kick off with ‘Time Waits’, a vocal heavy conga jam that’s peppered with neat little touches like backwards cymbals, quick bursts of flute, and some lovely affected keys buried in the mix. This is blissed out house music par excellence, although you may have difficulty getting away with playing it anywhere outside of the warm up. House for the house, then. The same can’t be said for ‘Way Of The Drum’ with its driving bassline, heavier beats and veritably cosmic synth work. There’s a lot going on in the track, but it’s a credit to Alton’s deft production skills that things never sound too cluttered or busy.
‘Song for Beatriz’ rounds off the twelve, and it’s a shuffling Latin flavoured cut that effortlessly glides along for almost fourteen minutes without ever becoming tedious. The delicate Rhodes piano, cyclical live bassline, and ‘da-da-da-da-daaa’ vocal all add to the relaxed sunkissed vibe, making it the perfect track for outdoor parties going later this year.
You might not get away with playing these tracks in a dinghy metropolitan club anytime soon, but if you’re looking for some richly produced deep house to soundtrack the impending summer months, then look no further.
I1 Time Waits
I2 Way Of The Drum
II1 Song For Beatriz