Venom & Damage – Deeper review

Finally getting a release after being a sneaky secret weapon in the boxes of Modeselecktor, Brodinski, Martyn and Adam Freeland amongst others, Venom and Damage’s funky destroyer “Deeper” gets four brand-spanking new mixes plus the essential original. With old-skool organ stabs vying for attention with looped and twisted vocals, the original mix is deliciously simple yet 100% frenetic, with punchy snares at the heart of the beat – truly a classic UK funky classic in the making.

With “Deeper” the first release on Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen imprint, the man himself delivers his own blinding mix, taking it deep with a fleshed-out beat and some sly effects on the vocals. Leeds-based producer Harry Benson (who previously collaborated with V&D on his Kudzo EP) also has a ball on his mix, creating some classic builds with filters and some stacking drums before dropping back into a minimal, stripped-down house sequence. Damage also does a sly re-tweak of the original on his ‘Deeper Forever’ mix, juggling the anthemic organ chimes into an even funkier blend. Destined to become a UK Funky classic, this is one single not to be slept on!

Review: Oliver Keens