Brian Harden is back on D3 Elements with a new three track EP that once again explores richly musical deep house with a difference. Harden is a criminally overlooked Chicago producer who had big success in the 90s thanks to releases on Moods & Grooves, Nite Life Collective and Undaground Therapy Muzik. He then took a break away from music, but the D3 label boss coaxed him out of retirement in 2014 with a top debut EP for the label. Since then he has also released on Sistrum and Soul Print, and is now properly back in business. First cut 'Paradox' is a mid tempo house roller with scale-riding chords and emotive, late night tinkles on the keys that really speak to your soul. Golden pads stream in the background and it's a hugely classy affair all round. 'Nostalgic Pieces' is then a deeper cut with a warped baseline and starry night sky melodies up top. Again, lush, musical chords shimmer and simmer deep in the track, lending it a real sense of artistry and separating Harden from the legions of modern deep house imposters. Finally, 'Chicago Homage' is an elastic, spacious cut with rubbery kicks, soft hi hats and a tumbling bas riff that once again come coated in gorgeous pads. This is music that makes you feel good as you dance your every day woes away.
Patrick Luca (Saft | Pulp | Born), Tomi Chair, Ernie (Minuendo Recordings), Matt Pond (DeepSystems), Dj Prophet, Per Bojsen-Moller, Juno Recommends Deep House, Petko / Soul Print Recordings, Jimini, Bryan Hervieu, Brad P/Inner Shift/Common Dreams, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Hakim Murphy, Coca District, Anaxander, Titonton Duvante (Residual), Phaze Dee, DJP (Soul Print Recordings), Pete Woosh (DiY/Spirit Wrestlers)
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