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The purpose of House music, in essence, is to make someone dance to typically soothing sounds. Deep House is the perfect fruition that came from the ongoing evolution of House music. Sultry music was made cool and resonated with both the fervent dancers and nightly ruminators.
Being that House music was simple in structure, it became the victim of fluid absorption with the likes of Neo-Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Through its fluidity in the twenty-first century, House music evolved into a behemoth, mothering the household of genres that only take left to right to get lost in its amalgam.
When perusing through the genre’s vast catalog, I find that my personal favorite ones are the mixes that are best listened to during the isolated nights. House artists like Mall Grab and Jack J know the perfect formula of noises to hit the sweet spot in the middle of thoughtful dusk.
An artist under the same radar is Glenn Astro. Although he could be classified as a House artist, Glenn Astro more or less divides the sound into different textures and nuances. He tends to mix a good proportion of Hip-Hop, Funk, and Soul into his House sessions. There is no better project to exemplify his style than his 2015 album, Throwback.
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Throwback is an essential project to add to your collection of instrumentals, regardless of their respective genre. Glenn Astro protrudes all forms of instrumental soul. With this project includes fifteen tracks of warm, seething, and bouncy sessions that elude an all-around light-hearted listening session.
I find these tracks best suit for the nightly seeker.
When staying roused throughout the duration of dusk, studying for an exam that’ll eventually pass through your memory as time dwells on, or working on your dedicated craft in solitude, these tracks are there to add flavor to your nightly journey.
The first perfect example of this would be the introduction track, Goneville, with Max Graef. Goneville starts off its process with an inimical chord introduction, gradually churning its way towards shingling snares and thumping soul drums, catching itself into a two-beat pattern.
The track You Can’t Groove actually starts out with the sample of chirping grasshoppers, eventually delving into a lecturing sample audited by bubbling chords and danceable basslines.
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My personal favorite from this album is the track One for Viktor. The track starts out and ends with a beautiful display of chords that engrave through the sauteed cymbals and samba-like drums. It’s a nice tune to play in the background while in the state of hypnagogia, sitting next to the closed curtains and the glow of the laptop illuminating the corner of the bedroom.
Night Marauders may find this appealing for their moments of silence. The grooves are just worthy enough to tap your feet to, but also serene and even poignant at times to play in the background.
Glenn Astro is known to be a frequent collaborator with U.K. Disc Jockey and producer, Maxwell Owin, as well as affiliate with Peckham’s only lyricist, MC Pinty. With their respective sounds in mind, Glenn Astro not only ascends their self-expectations but drowns in the love of music in general.