Soul 223 ‎– Almost Like It Used To Be

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Almost Like It Used To Be
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Heartstrings
Essex

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
dsr-h2 Soul 223 Almost Like It Used To Be(12", EP, Ltd, Blu) Delsin dsr-h2 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
dsr-h2 Soul 223 Almost Like It Used To Be(12") Delsin dsr-h2 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version

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TIM

TIM

July 15, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Almost Like It Used To Be, 12", EP, Ltd, Blu, dsr-h2

A welcome return of one of the UK-Detroit pioneers Steve Pickton, in his house mood as Soul 223. The title track is a simple and effective end of the nighter. When the beat lets up the echo on the melody gets thicker and the track sinks in. The beat carries it to the break where triumphantly the melody swirls about building more steam for the close. Reverse beat and it gets to a more techy bridge while the direction finds a more techno groove. Thank the melody for coming back to visit again and all ends well. Excellent. The A2 is a little lounge break which is nice but I wish the the title track stretched across the entire side with 45rpm instead of 33.

Strangely the B side with two tracks plays at 45rpm. Heartstrings chugs along nicely at a house pace. Easy going with his signature keys it wins you over at it's simplicity but charm. Essex closes out the record with a another track for the summer house crowd then bridges to a sexy downtempo groove for a few seconds until it fades. While none of these tracks might not blow you away and saying something is nice often means safe, give the tracks their due, play them often and they become nice memories to revisit. Already saying that and have only have had the record for a month. Note: very nice cut of vinyl and the b-side plays to a loop of nothingness smoothly instead of to the nub like most records. More should do that.

Welcome back Steve! You didn't leave though did you?