Australian imprint Deep House Aficionado is back again, but for the first time reaching outside their country's borders for a release by Glasgow producer James Benedict. With plenty of releases under his belt, Benedict has seen success on labels like Spagat Music, Savoir Faire Musique, and Onethirty Recordings. The Fox is a wily EP featuring three original atmospheric and moody cuts. "What Can You Do" is an airy piece with driving hats, peppered by snares and chopped up vocal bits, all evolving like a day dream. The title track follows with a similar vibe, but far more spacey in its minor adjustments of the synth filters which really make things come to life. "See You Drive" expands on these hypnotic flairs of melody, nailing the landing on the groove with its low end and drums. Relax and drink in the sounds of James Benedict, but be careful because this is intoxicating work.
Tom Lown (Savoir Faire / Lost My Dog) - "Ooh, I like this a lot. Real deepness … three tracks of quality."
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - "Nice electronic vibe and a distinctive sound across the whole EP. 'The Fox' edging it for me."
Tini Tun (We Are Here Records / Fade) - "'See You Drive' is good!"
Lorenzo al Dino (7th District Inc. / Royal Plastic) - "A great package of mixes and house tools … well produced."
Leigh Morgan (Urban Torque Transmissions) - "Yeah, cool stuff. 'The Fox' is really on point."
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit) - "Powerful tracks! Really enjoying the beats."
Carlo Gambino (Midnight Social Recordings) - "Nice EP from James. 'What Can You Do' is the clear winner for me."
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) - "'See You Drive' = TUNE! Great stuff here."
Ourra (Pop Out And Play / Alola) - "Yeah! I love 'The Fox' … lovely triplet groove and great sound choice."
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "Lush production, full of nice layers … has a spaced out feel, great for the dark clubs."
Ken Liu (Headset Recordings) - "Dreamy, cerebral cuts. Very nice."
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Nice beats overall. I will give 'See You Drive' a whirl out in the clubs … a solid deep mid-set cut."
DJ Di Costa (MoodyLushious Influences) - "'See You Drive' is a stunner. I'm loving the spacey vibe in this track … truly beautiful."
Corbin Dooley (Electric Feel Radio Show ) - "Lovely and lush deepness."
Tariq Ziyad (New Urban ERA blog) - "Wonderful and enchanting sounds … I love these."
Myxzlplix (Kodawari Recordings / Sunclock) - "Putting forth new melodic arrangements, a new deep house maverick is emerging here. Nice."