British imprint Tact Recordings drops its seventh release this October, the ‘Doe Maar Diep’ EP from Dutch duo, Duijn & Douglas, backed with a rework from label-head LIXHZ.
Duijn & Douglas is the moniker for production duo, Esther Duijn, and Steady Douglas, Duijn is notably known for her work with the likes of Feelharmonic Records, Nowar and Organic Music, as well as regular appearances at the likes of Panorama Bar and Tresor in Berlin, while Steady is the brains behind the Amsterdam Voidd brand. Here the duo join the Tact Recordings roster, slotting in alongside works from Matthew Burton, Mr.G, and Tevo Howard.
The single opens with ‘Zucht En Nog Eens’, a moody, hook-driven deep techno cut, featuring dubbed out aesthetics, weighty drums and an infectious Rhodes line in the latter stages of the record, which really ties the whole cut together and creates a slow-blooming dance-floor focused workout. ‘Noorderlicht’ follows, which veers on a deeper excursion with ethereal pads, gritty bass stabs and dropped tempo distorted percussion. The soulful vocals of, Berenice, then add further musicality to the record and instills some additional charm and character to things.
On the flip side, the duo turn in a deep house cut, a perfect way to wind down the original content, as they opt for bright synth chords, swinging drums and bulbous sub bass, while Berenice’s vocals again add a heart felt warmth to things. Label-head LIXHZ then closes the EP with a digital bonus extra, reshaping ‘Noorderlicht’, putting things on a gritty off-kilter tip with broken drums, swirling background atmospherics and heavily processed vocals snippets, while bubbling dubbed out synth lines and resonant sweeps drive the movement of the record.