SCSI-9 are back with a new collection of deep house nuggets so good, it’ll make KFC change their minds about chicken forever. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable gives us the low down on the Russian duos long-awaited return.
Let me take you back to the beginnings of House music. Amongst the primordial soup of offerings from Detroit and Chicago, a theme developed. Deepness. Difficult to pin down and list in fine minutia, artists as diverse as Larry Heard, Mark Farina and Kerri Chandler began to champion a particular strain of cerebral House music rich in musical detail; the Deep House genre was born.
Characterised by complex chord structures, loose jazzy percussion and emotive vocals, deep house became an integral part of dance music’s wider community. Artists and labels dedicated themselves to the genre – which was unheard of previously as DJs would always play a cross section of music. Peacefrog, Paper Recordings and Freerange became essential and DJs would regularly buy blind, safe in the knowledge that the tracks were of superior quality and exactly the right music for them to play.
Step forward Kompakt. The German imprint has long been associated with the deeper, more experimental sounds of House and SCSI-9 are one of their more enigmatic acts. Now, as far as music goes, the Russians do Deep House better than mostly everyone else and SCSI-9 are no exception. Anton Kubikov and Maxim Milutenko have been releasing for the better part of 20 years and their unique take on Deep House sets them apart from your average Discourse or Jamie Jones.
Squares and Circles is their sixth studio album. And, pressing play on the first track, it’s very clear to hear they are masters of the genre. Hazy atmospherics greet us on the opener No Rush with the self-assuredness of a high class madam working a room full of horny businessmen. Not afraid of a little acid, Get Some LFO and 303 Views stand out as tougher late night treats for the more discerning floors, while Pha In The Hau sounds like Larry Heard had electronic babies.
All in all, it’s a heady mix of classy deepness which transcends location, time or place. The kind of music that creeps into your soul and gives you a warm, welcoming hug before you lose your shit grooving all night long. I’ve been a long time fan of these guys, and with an impressive 50 releases of over 200 tracks, it’s safe to say they are pretty bloody good. Do yourself a favour and give this a listen.