If you've come to associate Anton Zap with the resonant deep house of his more club-focused material, you may find Water a dramatic change of pace. Comprising music both old and new, this lengthy release, which is being billed as an extended EP, highlights Zap's ambient tendencies.
The title track kicks things off with a ten-minute voyage into soothing, downtempo soundscapes. Placing delicate pads and oceanic soundbites around a refined bassline, it makes for a wonderfully absorbing introduction. "Road Trip Song" touches on housier vibes, strapping a thick groove beneath a feather-light canopy, before "Fade To What" returns to beatless, gossamer terrain.
New track "Funky Man" shows a new side to Zap. Marrying low-slung breakbeats with edgy chords and chugging bass, it sits just at the edge of the dance floor, and works as a neat segue into "Captain Storm," the most recognisably Zap track here. Released on Jus-Ed's Underground Quality in 2008, its warm, infectious bassline and crisp kicks form the type of charismatic deep house that first set the producer apart. Closing with an explorative foray into cosmic minimal on "Miniature," Water offers up an engaging and comprehensive cross-section of the Muscovite's continuously inquisitive sound.