||James Johnston - "That Was Now"
||Ben La Desh - "Drug Carrier"
|played by:Owain Kimber (Owain K), Nathaniel Jay, Closed Paradise, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Martin Haberland, Satore, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Deadly Sins, Dirt Crew, James Johnston (No Matter What), Sir Vinyl Instinct, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Chromatic Filters, Gitchell Moore, Kastil (Soul Notes), The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Volta Cab, Martin Hayes (Rose Records), Pablo Valentino (Faces Rec / Mcde), Ponty Mython
The fourth drop on the fledgling Outernational ensures standards are maintained with James Johnston and Ben La Desh providing a track on each side. Glaswegian producer Johnston is in fine form currently, having established the No Matter What label he runs with Alex Agore in the collective hearts of the deep house cognoscenti, and "That Was Now" is a sublime example of embellishing thick set house music with the spirit and soul of classic disco. Hints of glistening strings and a well plucked bass guitar sit deep in the mix as the packed groove builds effortlessly towards a quite lovely drop and build back into a final movement where the subtle disco elements become more prominent. Not to be outdone, Dutch juvenile delinquent Ben La Desh counters with "Drug Carrier", a quite intoxicating burner that's got several distinct rhythmic movements, with the point where some wide filtering introduces a heavy vibing Baltic disco mid section.
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