Various – Freerange Records presents Colour Series: Pink 07 review

Artist: Various
Title: Freerange Records presents Colour Series: Pink 07
Label: Freerange
Genre: Deep House
Format: 12″, CD, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records (unmixed CD, 12″ sampler), Juno Download

Consistently strong purveyors of quality house music, Freerange are back with another of their colour-based compilations. The Makam remix of “Attica” kicks things off in style, as breezy drums bolster a Rhodes riff that sounds uncannily like the intro of Roy Ayres’ “We Live In Brooklyn Baby”.

Mr Morning’s “Slave” takes things a little deeper, using some expansive techy pads to build a huge sound around some minimal Afro-beat drums. Freerange head honcho Jimpster contributes a mix of Milton Jackson’s “The Rhythm Track” and the effect is similarly deep and devastating. Pezzner also gets the remix treatment, this time from Justin Martin, who peppers his slow-building “Brooklyn New York” with cut-up vocals and subtle, whisper quiet sirens.

There’s so much quality on show here, it’s hard to pick a favourite from the 12 tracks.     Two standouts though are Nikola Gala’s “I Get U”, which builds with a timeless female vocal loop, and then swaps it for percussion to set the groove off perfectly. And closing track “I Wanna Love You” by Elmar Schubert and Vincenzo also deserves checking out – a heart-stopping slow Balearic number with a cloying vocal and tons of warm synth tones. All in all, another quality comp from Freerange.

Review: Oliver Keens