Review: Deep house magician Fred Buddah steps out of Roots Go Deep catalogue and lands on the young Urban Imagery label with five pensive house nuggets from the soul. "Untitled Earth 1" and "Untitled Earth 2" remind us of Fred P's moodier output, that interstellar atmospheric sound really shining through in the mix, while "Good Kush" is a tame acid bumper with another eerie set of sonics surrounding it. "Untitled Earth 3" is a masterfully muffled slo-mo jam, and "Black Scientist" ties things off with a broken, distorted chunk of percussion. This one has to be a big tip, people!
Review: Chicago underground legend Da Rand Land presents his Urban Imagery imprint, now onto its fifth release. This is the reflection of the struggles and emotions of the inner city through music, where Jose Lau delivers his second release entitled Uprooted Soul. Here are four tracks from familiar territory by a producer who originally hails from Nicaragua. Evident in Lau's debut release are the unique melding of traditional deep house elements with unassuming latin/funk style percussion, as heard on the slinky and sultry "Slow-Drifting Years". A constant throughout is his masterful use of Chicago house style basslines ("Keep It Deep") and delicate pad movements alongside minor-key melodic underpinnings, like on "Mysterious Shaker". The outcome is buffered by lo-fi harmonics and dub overtones. This is late night introspective music to its core.