Following a recent remix released on Seamless Records, and the first release on his own digital label, Bristol-based house music producer Balls Deep delivers two very different tracks for the second outing on Protect and Serve.
Like the infamous city itself, "Vegas" offers revelers thrills and spills till the early hours of the morning. Its rich and lush nu-disco style drums are met with a deliciously cheeky bass line and lead melody, topped off with hooky vocal stabs and synth effects. It's a departure from Balls Deep's usual sound, but as the saying goes: what happens in "Vegas" is too good to stay there and not be shared with the world -- or something like that.
On the split side, "Ultramarine" dives back into familiar waters. Tough, house-driven drums give way to an infectious, old-school lead comprised of energetic stabs, ably accompanied by a warm sub bass and progressive mix of vocal hits and synth maneuvers. The inevitable breakdown and buildup submerges the track in sonar noises before surfacing again, accounting for just the right pressure levels to drive a big room audience crazy.
Vanilla Ace (OFF Recordings / Bunny Tiger) - "'Vegas' has a nice drive to it and 'Ultramarine' is funky."
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - "Fun!"
Alkalino (Estimativa / Audaz Recordings) - "Simple but joyful melodies … I like both tracks."
Tad Wily (Retrofit / Mullet Records) - "Good stuff!"
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "Ultra crisp sound and a tight mix … I like this moody funk."
DJ Style (Knob Records) - "Cool!"
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) - "I dig the use of classic tech sounds and melodies. Updated perfectly for 2015."
Tom Conrad (Adaptation Music) - "I like the style of both tracks, especially the quirky main room vibe of 'Vegas'."
Clive Craske (RadioReverb, Brighton) - "The deep bass and tinkling melodic line alone make 'Vegas' a standout track. Add the second melody and other subtle layers and you have a future dance floor classic."
Mr. Spring (2 FM, Dublin) - "Sinister, but deep."
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio, Chicago) - "Both of these are stellar peak time tracks."
David Cronin (RTE 2FM, Ireland) - "I love the old school stabs here … I will play this."
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - "This is superb … I love it."