Review: Finale Sessions welcomes Anaxander to join label main man Michael Zucker for another one of those impeccable trips through top shelf deep house. Anaxander gets busy with "Stabs Of Love", a truly ear nagging piece that cuts through the glut of soundalike productions to say something truly special. Meanwhile his "Heart 2 Heart" resides on the B2, presenting a lighter, more playful cut peppered with pattering bongos and sprightly keys. Zucker gets into a slightly off kilter funk on "Greater Is He" before dropping into a perfect bump on "Lost Without You", putting some swing into dub house and making it sound natural.
Jordan Fields - "Lifted My Soul" (Larry Heard remix dub) (6:54)
Maxi Aubert - "Message In The Box" (6:13)
Africans With Mainframes - "Loving Photons" (5:42)
Gene Hunt - "Native 1987" (JF re-edit) (4:04)
Review: There's something delightfully simple about the formula behind Descendents of the Deep's From Chicago To Detroit series, which predictably aims to bring together top-notch deep house from the Windy and Motor cities. This second installment begins with JF's previously unheard re-edit of Gari Romalis' 1995 cut "Butcher's Choice", a righteous lesson in bumpin', New Jersey-influenced deep house. It's followed by a typically emotionally-rich Larry Heard dub of Jordan Fields' 1994 cut "Lifted My Soul", before Maxi Aubert combines Heard style analogue deepness with rich, Motor City electronics on "Message In The Box". Elsewhere, there's a new JF edit of Gene Hunt's throbbing 1987 jack-jam "Native", and a wonderfully broken chunk of techno/house fusion from Africans With Mainframes.