Deep House Proposal is honored to present the That Body EP from Cure-Shot, a legendary DJ pioneer of the Istanbul house music scene. Cure-Shot, AKA Kursat Gencel, started playing techno and house music in Istanbul in 1990 with his brother Tangun, and proceeded to hold down residencies at a series of legendary clubs through the years. He can certainly be considered part of Istanbul’s ‘first generation house DJs,’ and the current, vibrant scene looks to him as a trail-blazer who is still setting musical trends. Deep House Proposal’s label manager Berk Doan remembers regularly sneaking into clubs at the age of 17 to hear Cure-Shot play and would have never believed that now, thirteen years later, his label would be responsible for the DJ’s latest release.
This latest EP opens with “That Body,” a bouncy deep house number that slinks and shakes with bonafide late night appeal. Layers of atmosphere and sonic flourishes abound, as male and female vocal snippets pop in and out of the mix like midnight transmissions. This strong track earns a trio of remix treatments with the first courtesy of renowned Berlin producer Sasse (Moodmusic). Sasse adds a pulsating rhythm and mesmerizing chords that swell and fall through the track’s build. The breakdown introduces some lovely melodic elements that put the icing on the sonic cake. The next version of “That Body” comes from Alex Arnout (Dogmatik Records, Turquoise Blue) who uses a drum machine pattern, an echoing treatment of the vocal snippet, and scintillating synth pads to create an evocative aural soundscape. Deep House Proposal’s own Berk Doan is on hand for the third remix, taking things into an even deeper, after hours realm. Subtly buzzing key lines, a solid sub bass, and swirling tones all find places within the wide, expressive space that Berk creates in his production.
Closing out the EP is a bonus track from Cure-Shot, the appropriately titled “Deeper Dreams. The solid, rolling low end with sparkles of processed sound overhead seems to be Cure-Shot’s technique, creating a suggestive deep house ambience that should gratify the true ‘heads’ filling the dance floor. A pensive spoken female vocal phrase and lush splashes of reverb help make “Deeper Dreams” a classic house music effort, further branding the EP as a premium grade release. With Cure-Shot on board, Deep House Proposal continues to impress … there’s much more to come from the heart of Istanbul and out of your speakers.
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada, Lovebox) - “I really love this. It’s got loads of funk and an excellent choice of remixers, too. Yes yes!”
Nick Warren - “The original and the Berk Doan remix are both excellent.”
Claude Monnet - “Alex Arnout made the job as usual. Nice one!”
Tensnake - “A beautiful deep house pack. I’m loving the Sasse remix and the originals.”
Jay West - “The Sasse and Alex Arnout mixes are both class!”
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House) - “Berk Doan’s remix is nice. I like the original, too.”
DJ Rocca (Ajello) - “Nice release and great remixes.”
Justin Harris (Freaks) - “Sasse’s remix is dope! Strong EP.”
Soul Minority - “Nice EP. The Alex Arnout remix is the one for me here.”
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - “Solid release. Sasse and Berk Doan remixes both standing out.”
Craig Stewart (DCSTrax) - “I’m feeling the original jam for the floor … great work!”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Great release. It’s a very tough call between the original ‘Deeper Dreams’ or the Sasse/Alex Arnout remixes of ‘That Body.’ Sasse just shades it (ever so slightly!) but a cracker of a release overall.”
Richie Hartness (untitled music) - “The Sasse remix certainly grabbed me!”
Bobi (Global Movement Radio Show) - “Wicked release full of dirty electronic stabs, pads, and tight drums. A perfect deep house EP.”
Phil Watkins (Kiss FM, Melbourne) - “Love the Sasse remix. The original has a place as well. The Alex Arnout remix is definitely in my deeper sets along with ‘Deeper Dreams.’ Great release.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “The original is a percussive late night weapon!”