One third of Leeds-based production crew Transmission Collective, Maru's brand of house may be soulful and warm, but it's far from light and fluffy—in fact, it's got a tough, leathery underbelly. On the surface, "Porta" is sweet, shimmering deepness with a floaty vocal (sampling Floetry's "Say Yes"), but underneath there's wiry, taut bass, and crunchy claps keeping it cheeky. Like fellow '90s house aficionados Bicep, Maru's other offering, "Alpina," wallows in crashing Jersey-style drums and quaking bass keys.
Maru then upholds the collective idyll by sharing out the remixes to his two fellow Transmissioners, with Kahweh handing in a sparkling transmission in dubby, swaggering house with his remix of "Porta." Wolf Cub adopts a more plaintive approach, dousing "Alpina" in subtle echo, UKG riddims, woodblocks and sparsely-sown sonic booms. All-round, a robust little package.
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Tracklist: Maru - Porta/Alpina01. Porta
03. Porta (Kahwe Remix)
04. Alpina (Wolf Cub Remix)