Label: Testing The Water – TTW.001/TTW.002 Format: 2 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo Country: UK Released: 2000 Genre: Electronic Style: House, Deep House
Under the radar double pack from the short-lived Testing The Water sub-label of Manchester's Rainy City imprint. Whereas early releases on the main imprint secured a reputation for pushing it’s own brand of jazz-dripped Detroit influenced house music, this spin off release feeds off the Brazilian roots of label member Franco Ze whilst pushing the label into new territory.Afro Bota’s ‘Genesis’ track is a lurking, slo-mo blend of stripped back latin percussion that’s invaluable to DJs keen to fuck around with tempo / rhythms and already a low-key weapon for those in the know, whilst The Tellurians’ offering on the flip ups the energy for a rowdy bout of clattering of pots ’n pans.The other disc reverts back to the label’s signature sound, bridging the Manchester -> Detroit connection with ‘Mars Probe’ - a low-slug funk-infused deep house slow burn that feels right out of Pittman’s / Wilhite’s / Wade’s / Theo’s playbook despite retaining a sense of UK authenticity whereas The Elastic Band’s nippier cut is a premium future-jazz nugget (a first on here!) that recalls some of the stuff the Norweigan’s were doing early 00’s, that Kahuun – Batteri 12” for example.Yeah a lot to go at here, all killer no filler double pack, brewed up in our fine city no less.Limited unplayed copies.. (NM / NM - unplayed deadstock).
A1 –The Elastic Band (2) Funk In Suspense (Film Score Edit Act 1 Scene 1) 6:08 B1 –A Tellurian Brother The Mars Probe 7:11 A1 –Afro Bota Genesis 6:10 AA1 –The Tellurians (2) Eros Bateria 7:00