What is it exactly that makes house deep? Finnebassen, the Norwegian producer born Finn Peder Wang, makes records you'd be hard-pressed to describe any way other than "deep house." But his palate on the Footsteps EP, a collaborative effort with vocalist Gundelach, doesn't descend much further than the surface: thin and acutely digital, his claps, strings and even vocals feel frosty and foil-like to the touch. The lonesome title cut, the remix from Swiss duo Adriatique and moody original, "You Will Never Sleep," all reveal an obvious passion for house at its most human—extended runtimes aside, these are songs first and foremost. Production-wise, though, they're too one-dimensional for us to really slip inside.
Jay Shepheard's remix of "Footsteps," however, flips the script. The Berlin-based producer, a veteran of Compost and Buzzin' Fly, sounds every bit as digital as the rest of the set, but in his prickly rhythms and added low-end heft, you can feel the heart beating behind the machines. Shepheard still turns in a relatively straightforward club production, but whatever "deep" is, exactly, he lends "Footsteps" more than a little of it.
Tracklist: Finnebassen & Gundelach - Footsteps EP 01. Footsteps
02. Footsteps (Adriatique Remix)
03. You Will Never Sleep
04. You Will Never Sleep (Jay Shepheard Remix)