Artist : Deepchild
Title : Slave Driver EP
Label : Thoughtless Music
Cat No : TLM097
Date : 14/07/2014
Genre : House/Techno
Australia’s Rick Bull aka Deepchild has quite the standing in underground house and techno having been releasing material for over ten years, and working with the likes of Trapez, Freerange, Resopal Schallware and of course Thoughtless Music. Amongst a prolific and respected production career, Deepchild has also made his mark as a DJ, having graced the decks of many reputable clubs and festivals such as Detroit’s Movement, EXIT, Berghain and Tresor to name but a few.
Kicking off the release is the original mix of title track “Slave Driver”, an up-tempo driving composition led by crunchy distorted rhythms, dubbed out chord stabs and blossoming atmospherics. While murmuring, filtered vocal snippets ease in and out of the groove throughout the track’s six-minutes. I really do love the house like grooves Deepchild creates in his productions. They always make me want to move. Very solid production here from the man Deepchild.
Next up we have An Sia’s interpretation of “Slave Driver”. Pulling things back to a more refined and sparse vibe, Sia retains the subtly blooming feel of the original, though adds her own twist to things with heavily swung drums and a stuttering tom-driven bass line. Very similar to the original in many ways but a track I very much enjoyed. In a way it is a salute to Deepchild and proves the original is a very well produced track.
The third track on the release is Mihai Popoviciu’s rendition of “Slave Driver”. If any of you listen to a lot of Mihai’s productions you know what you are going to get and that is by no means a bad thing. He offers up a smooth and stripped-back take on the original, employing minimalistic yet punchy drums, swirling dubby echoes and sporadic Rhodes licks to create a deep and very well produced house version of the original track.
The package is then closed with a second original from Deepchild entitled “Woman”. This is a great closing cut laid out over six minutes with pulsating bass, ever-expanding textures and fluttering syncopations throughout, completing the package and making it an essential purchase for anyone out there that loves there intricate house and techno. Very solid release I would recommend to anyone.