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Kez YM – Sweetly Confused Remix EP review

Artist: Kez YM
Title: Sweetly Confused Remix EP
Label: 4 Lux Black Holland
Deep House
Format: Digital
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Kazuki Yamaguchi is a rising deep house producer from Japan. His first single on the Dutch label famed for their distinct future jazz groves, 4lux, was a huge success both on the dancefloor and in the record shops. Now he returns to the imprint with a specially commissioned remix EP of his debut release, the highly acclaimed “Sweetly Confused”.

Whilst hosting his own club night in Tokyo, Kez YM plays alongside the likes of Âme, Jazzanova and Giles Peterson. You can hear the kind of deep house groove that is associated with those producers in “Sweetly Confused.” With deep basslines combined with solid keys and atmospheric synths, plus dreamy leads over a catchy vocal sample, the track could lend itself to any of the aforementioned highly established acts, such is the talent of this up and coming producer.

Here though, the original track finds itself in between two stomping house mixes from fellow 4lux mover Alex Agore and one bouncy, dubby offering from the label’s head honcho, Gerd. Opening with Alex Agore’s re-edit, we are plunged into peak-time territory with a pure and simple house track. His Beatdown Version though is a much hazier affair, with warm bass and a cosy and intimate feel throughout. Meanwhile Gerd reveals his funked up, dub version. With pristine chords and warm melodies, it sounds playful but in perfect keeping with the depth of Kez YM’s original effort.

Review: Tom Jones