The half-Norwegian, half-Spanish label Cymasonic is back with some Catalan deepness straight out of Barcelona in This Vibe, a brand new five track EP by Usmev. A conservatory-trained pianist and guitarist, Usmev is no stranger to the label having previously released and remixed on multiple singles. The first track, "That Time", is an exploration in rich, thickly layered chords accompanied by a chunky kick and a rhythm that scatters, close to completely breaking away … a definite party starter. "Sunday Morning Blues" features the vocal magic of fabulous Atlanta-based singer Bleu Renee. It's playful in its claps and other percussive elements while deeply hypnotic in its melody and lyrics, which come from a darker, cautionary, and extremely personal place. "Respect the Elders" follows with a pep to its step and a bass with plenty of bounce to match. Chord stabs rise in classic style while deeper, more sustained notes sneak their way into the listener's headspace. The EP's title track comes in two versions: the original "This Vibe" -- which starts out as a house track but evolves into a more electro-disco affair half way through -- and a slowed down Vocal Edit that is sure to make serious waves this upcoming summer.
Tim Paris (Marketing Music / My Favorite Robot) - "A very nice release indeed. I'm really into 'That Time' and 'Respect the Elders'."
Terry Francis - "The vocal version of the title track is the one for me."
Mark Farina - "Good stuff!"
Saulty (Downtown Party Network) - "'This Vibe' will be played a lot."
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit) - "One of my favorite artists out there. As usual, pure groove and deepness with power and emotion."
Linas Fresh Tee (Dubinsky / Drumpoet Community) - "Nice and classy deep house here."
Nick Holder - "Fire!"
Mould (Con+ainer / Tiefblau Records) - "'That Time' and 'This Vibe (Vocal Edit)' are my faves."
Diz (Iz & Diz / Vizual) - "Sexy all around."
Alkalino - "This is proper deep house music. Instant love for these tracks."
Massimiliano Pagliara (Live At Robert Johnson) - "'This Vibe' is the one for me."
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "Lovely, soothing summer sounds."
Hippie Torrales - "Nice, deep grooves."
Rafael Moraes (Nomumbah / Yoruba) - "Sounding good!"
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "Quality … great sounds and pure deepness all over this EP."
Daz-I-Kue (Future Soul Records) - "Some nice grooves going on here."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "'That Time' is a kind of silent thunder. Tech edges with soft percussion and a nice build."
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - "Good overall sound on this EP … simple and effective."
Kiyo To (Kanzen Records) - "I'm left speechless! This is by far the best deep house release I've had the pleasure to listen to this year."