For several years DJ Aakmael has been cultivating a deep and soulful house sound out of his Virginia base, tending to self release on his unxpozd label, here he touches down at Axe On Wax for his Tales Of The Deep EP.
Pairing wooden kicks with a gracefully noir piano sample, Aakmael lets it roll out at his inimitable pace. ‘Kozmic Bounce’ is a perfect snapshot of his sound for anyone not yet familiar. Drawing on his hip-hop foundations, the drums are measured and serve to carry the track as he adds layers of colour. It’s the low slung bassline that makes it move and keep heads nodding until the heart of the piece is revealed in a breathtaking vibraphone solo.
Respected players Kai Alce, Jane Fitz & Charlie Bones have all been working this on dancefloors so take their counsel next time you go shopping. Tales Of The Deep surfaces 3rd April – buy from Juno.