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Be There/Uhh


  • Seb Wheeler
  • 4 March 2016

We never thought we’d see the day where a Keysound press release would make reference to Amine Edge and Ibiza, but here we are. It’s 2016, and we all know that stranger things can and do happen.

But the year is important as this 12” from Truce is Keysound’s first fruit from the rumbling deep tech movement that’s currently dominating certain warehouses in LDN (and beyond) – a fairly nascent niche that label boss Martin Clark sees as another step forward for the UK’s low-end lineage.

Imagine a resolutely underground, chunky, bass-laced, post-‘Life Index’ tech-house splinter and you’re somewhere near deep tech. It’s repped by long-serving DJs such as Mark Radford and Pioneer and, with Hugo Massien’s ‘Kontrol EP’, has scored a release on XL.

However, given all this energy (some of our mates swear by deep tech raves), this single falls a little flat. ‘Be There’ is standard, droney house while ‘Uhh’ is marginally salacious thanks to its floor-ready wobble.

A polite insight, but there are fizzier examples of deep tech out there.

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