French label La Vie En Rose has been a favourite of ours for a little while now, with artists such as Dyed Soundorom, Javier Carballo, Hanfry Martinez and John Dimas contributing to their excellent catalogue of releases so far. Now, after 11 EPs, they bring us their first V/A compiled by label head, Terence :Terry: and it’s a killer.

On the compilation we have four tracks that epitomise La Vie En Rose’s contemporary sound. This is a label that aims to present music that is timeless and forward-leaning. As well as this, we should add that the artists assembled on this release may not be familiar to everyone, but another aim of Terence’s label is to nurture new talent and shine a light on those who may be not so well known – so “Deeper Than Rose” works as a perfect showcase for the label.

The first track is by Geda, another Frenchman working under his solo alias. Geda is also one half of Auditive and hails from Nice in the south of France. “Dance Light” takes us on a mysterious journey with an intoxicating organ baseline slightly reminiscent of Maya Jane Coles’ hit track “What They Say”, though with a darker, more eerie tinge. A male vocal is implemented after three minutes or so, and remains present throughout – almost giving the listener orders with its repeated “Dance… and we dance” mantra.

Next up is UK producer Rotty, who was behind the excellent debut EP released by Stretford Dogs Club on his Man’s Best Friend label last year. With “Greed” Rotty submerges us in the deep end of the house spectrum, pushing out a sultry garage-inspired number. Skippy percussion, a vintage bleep melody and sensual female vocals make this one for the late night lovers.

Spaniard Baraso gets in on the action next with “Even Worst“, a faster paced, rolling number with ethereal pads and a whole host of unusual sound effects that give it a slightly left field edge. There’s still a sense of sensuality about the track though, something which pervades throughout this EP.

Last up is Resample Process, from Italy, with “Upper Side Band” a languid yet sunny, jazz-infused work out which serves as the perfect outro to the collection.

Deeper Than Rose is a true representation of 21st Century deep house music, unpretentious, timeless with plenty of soul and a sensual feel throughout. Great for the dancefloor and for home (bedroom) listening too.

Text: Marcus Barnes

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Deeper Than Rose EP

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