Robert James’ Body Movement label might just have been a long time coming. Those who enjoyed the emergence of the sexy deep house movement fronted by labels like Visionquest and Hot Creations will remember. Alongside his pal and fellow artist Burnski, Rob was responsible for some of the earliest and possibly finest releases from that sound. Clearly an artist with an ear for such production might do some good with a platform of his own.
Fast forward a decade and little else has been heard from Rob in regards to making music, until the launch of Body Movement. The first release saw three original tracks from the man himself, alongside a gritty, breakbeat remix courtesy of Voigtmann that we featured as a premiere. The second release comes in the form of a VA, an eclectic mix of breaks, electro and deep house. This time, we take the latter.
LVCA (new project of Luca Cazal) & Dacha Records label pal SIDD, both part of local underground talent hub Dacha workshop Ibiza, come together to make ‘Chroma’, which present a fresh and catchy deep house sound. Its bopping bassline oozes with a squidgy acid that becomes more prominent into the track. The schmoozy synth is laced with a choppy organ that together keep vibes deep and moody. But it’s the vocal that although limited in appearance injects a sweet, delicate touch. A sound reflective of Cazal’s multifaced experience.
The rest of the EP features two Robert James collaborations. On Side A he teams up with Jack Michael delivering deep, dirty breaks in ‘B2A’. The flip side hosts a welcome reunion with Burnski as North Phase next to Frazer Campbell’s rapid rhythms which Frazer Campbell complete the B side.