Delta - EP-1
Release Date: 28th July 2017
2017 heralds the return of the mighty Delta to his recently reanimated Microdot Recordings label with ‘EP-1’. Across four-tracks of cutting edge drum & bass, we are treated to a diverse release that is already receiving heavy rotation from scene leaders LTJ Bukem, DJ Marky, DJ Flight, Resound, Need For Mirrors and Scaramanga Silk.
Over the years, Delta has showcased his various talents across many of the finest labels in the genre including Reinforced, Creative Source, Hospital, Dread, Penny Black, Liquid V, Ebony and Critical. Few producers can claim to have such an impressive catalogue of releases but Delta has achieved this status by having an uncanny ability to switch his hand to multiple styles, constantly reinvent his sound, fearlessly experiment and always hit the mark with world-class production. He does all this whilst keeping a firm eye on the heart of the dancefloor.
‘EP-1’ will prove to be a vital weapon in the box of any discerning DJ this summer and beyond. Delta has fired up vintage pieces of equipment in his studio in order to create the classic sound whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries again by adding new twists and ideas across a broad range of drum and bass flavas. ‘Dreaming From The Hip’ kicks things off with an infectious vocal hook over a rollin’ number that combines Soul, Funk and Techno into something that will remind fans of the Swerve era and seminal Creative Source releases. This is one in the signature Delta style. Next up is ‘Feel’ which delves into a dark, hypnotic affair with nods to House, 2-Step Garage and early Hardcore with the SH101 playing a prominent part alongside vocal stabs that drive the groove in an epic and eerie direction. ‘Kundalini Serpent’ opens the flip as L. Victor makes a stunning guest appearance on sax to bring a snake charming vibe to this deeply meditative hybrid of Jazz, Techno, Latin and Dub that summons an immersive energy to rise up your spine. Ending the EP is ‘Second Wave’ which sees Delta further demonstrate his love for Techno and Electro as he twists elements of driving Juno bass, Pro One melody line, scattered drums and Oberheim pads into something uniquely original and fresh.
Delta is well and truly back in full effect with ‘EP-1’. This superbly eclectic record is a fine example of how to smash raves when you can expertly blend heritage with innovation. Once again, this respected and established artist proves that he is a boundary pusher that you simply cannot afford to miss out on. With more releases already in the pipeline, be sure to keep an eye out for the man like Delta.
a1. Dreaming From the Hip
b1. Kundalini Serpent
b2. Second Wave