DEAD ROSE MUSIC COMPANY
Building momentum with every release, Brooklyn’s Let’s Play House strikes again! This time, label heads Jacques Renault, Nik Mercer, and James Friedman have teamed up with an artist shrouded in mystery—the Dead Rose Music Company—to put out an EP featuring four songs that confound definition…
The Four Songs EP is a collection of tracks that aim to be cinematic in their production approach: these are epic mixes meant to stand the test of time, fueled by huge drops, warm, syrupy bass lines, and ear-tickling effects. While the four songs are technically edits, Dead Rose have left their inimitable fingerprints all over them. Each tune has the air and ambiance of a groove you got into at a party, but can’t remember fully the morning after; they’re visceral and almost dreamy, like the jumbled recollections of last night’s disco fading in and out of strobe-lit smoke on the dancefloor.
LPH’s second offering from the Dead Rose Music Company is one thing if nothing else: proof of the mysterious Leodensian producer’s technical chops and comfort with a variety of dance music. March’s Four Songs EP was a triumphant collection of slow-mo disco-house; each tune was a buttery, sweet confection, perfect for penthouse pool parties and early night energy-builders. Tonight is TDRMC exhibiting his honed control of straight-up house. The two originals (“Tonight” and “Not Enough”) are deep, thumping after-hours burners, flush with prominent drums and groovy bass lines, clipped synth stabs, and sultry vocals. “Tonight” is the obvious fist-pumper while “Not Enough” is the more subversive surprise attacker.
Two of the guy’s compatriots—Ooft! and KRL from the Wolf Music pack—offer up their takes on the tracks to fill the rest of the 12” out. Ooft!’s stretches out the core components of “Tonight,” remolding it into a bumping boogie that teases your ear relentlessly until it finally breaks into full-on party mode. KRL’s version of “Not Enough” takes the opposite approach, amping everything up to a high octane crest and morphing the cut into a stuttering deep house classic without losing an ounce of the original’s warmth.
The package is as tight as one would expect from TDRMC but a welcome change of pace and excellent showcasing of how mature and well-rounded the British DJ and producer is.