[Review] KaySoul – The Prosimians EP
Johannesburg producer Katlego Matseke comes to Berlin’s Tooman Records
If you like your deep house on the more soulful/musical side, this four-track EP from South Africa’s KaySoul is one you really don’t wanna miss.
Up first is The Prosimians itself, an unhurried and seriously deep groover in which simple beats and a pleasingly full, buzzy bassline underpin gentle keys and long, lingering pads, augmented by some dramatic synth sweeps and barely-there fragments of female vocal. You could, in fact, bookend a set nicely with The Prosimians alone, because while the Original is probably one for the warm-up, the accompanying Dark Arts Dub is aimed fair and square at very late floors. Moving on to the rest of the EP, 4th & 6th is another deep, shuffling number with male African vocal snips and, as the track progresses, a warbling, reed-y synth sound that flutters away on top, while completing the EP is Oh!, a slightly pacier deep houser with more vocal cut-ups that’d suit 3am floors perfectly.
Essentially, what you have here are four stripped-back, yet still sumptuous gems that’ll give deep house jocks plenty of options at different times of the night, making for a very worthwhile package.
Words: Russell Deeks