Following the huge response to Gurhan’s “Between Us” single and its subsequent remixes by Terry Lee Brown Jr. and Subsky, Istanbul label Deep House Proposal follows up with another stellar single focusing on impressive Turkish house music talent. Tufan Demir is an Istanbul-based DJ and producer who records under many names (such as Beto Narme or Science Frontiers) but saves the deep house and disco moods for his given moniker. Turfan has reached outside of Turkey with appearances at the Sonar and c/o Pop festivals and releases on labels like Sublime Porte, Vesvese, and Lust Und Freude.
Tufan Demir’s Deep House Proposal debut features three lush and sweeping deep house tracks, led by the groovy “Making Bounces.” A warm pad and repeating vocal line both build elegantly into a house-meets-breakbeat rhythm and a deliciously funky bass line. This cut’s a prime mover, appealing at once to fans of deep house, techno, and jazzy broken beat fare. Next up is “More Feedback,” a driving track more specifically aimed towards the underground nightclub. Layers of pads, synth lines, and percussion interact with a flowing complexity as a repeated female vocal drop provides the rhythmic base. Turfan supplies two versions, the building, hypnotic original and a more drum-focused Club Mix. Tufan Demir’s third cut here is the swirling, deep “Midweek Groove.” This one mixes old school house music elements with a contemporary production sheen as subdued electric piano chords, a skippy four-on-the-floor, and a soulful vocal all point the way to the dance floor.
In addition to these fine tracks, Deep House Proposal has also commissioned a remix of “Making Bounces” from another Istanbul producer, Sarp Yilmaz. Sarp has been rising fast on the scene, with an album on Apparel Music, Osunlade giving him props in an interview with the Guardian, and Maya Jane Coles dropping his tracks on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. Sarp’s remix of “Making Bounces” doesn’t stray far from Tufan Demir’s general vibe, but, in fact, expands on it a bit. A snappy drum kit provides the groove as a rollicking piano line evolves into an expressive lead. The growling low end, dubbed out vocal bits, and atmospheric strings add to the deepness, making for a potential future classic. As Deep House Proposal continues making discoveries like these be sure to pay close attention … there’s more on the way.
Nick Warren - “Great EP … lovely deep house.” Giom (Lost My Dog) - “Nicely done.”
Diz (Vizual / Classic) - “Hotness for the early evening!”
Orde Meikle (Slam) - “Cool EP … I’ll be spinning.”
Demarkus Lewis - “Proper deepness!”
Soul Minority - “Nice, groovy vibe here.”
DJ Schwa (Shades Of Gray) - “The Sarp Yilmaz remix rocks.”
Justin Harris (Freaks) - “Great EP.”
Spettro - “Very good deepness here. Really into both ‘Making Bounces’ and ‘More Feedback.’ Excellente!”
Vincent Kwok - “Some great, deep tech house tracks here.”
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - “Solid grooves all round with the slightly crazed Sarp Yilmaz remix standing out.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Wicked work again on DHP. ‘More Feedback’ is the one for me … top vibes and a great deep, percussive combo. Sarp Yilmaz again turns out a wicked remix to add to the overall great feel of this release.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House blog) - “‘Midweek groove’ is the one for me … groovy rhythms and wicked lush melodies.”
Justin Wilkes (Kiss 100 FM) - “This will take a place of pride in my poolside box.”
CheckPoint Charlie (MyCuppaT blog) - “‘More Feedback’ is an absolute gem! Dark, moody, layer upon layer of amazing instrumentation … awesome.”
Also supported by Luciano, DJ T., Alexi Delano, Inland Knights, Thugfucker, Omid 16B, Tyree Cooper, Tommy Largo, Matt Star, Pete Moss, and Manuel Sahagun.