The Godfathers of Dub Techno, Basic Channel aka Mortitz Von Oswald & Mark Ernestus all hail from Berlin. Here they deliver what must be one of the most compelling pieces of music in the history of Deep House. Off the back of a string of memorable releases made in under their Basic Channel, Maurizio and Rhythm & Sound guises, the vision and execution to compose such a variant release under the Round 2 guise confirmed that these producers were as legit musicians as they come.
Made in 1994, the track tells a story about an on and off relationship. Starting with a dubby sub bass, and a bassy melodic pad similar to that of a Chaz Damier or Ron Trent cut. Once the warm, drawn out pads come in, you can sense something special is about to take place. As though sunrise is about to hit the beach. The vocal that then proceeds to just calmly stroll into party surely must be the best Deep House vocals in existence. Three, some times four piece harmonies, rich in tone and vibrance lift the track giving the listener some serious ear candy. The ‘oo’s are evenly sung along to the pads, giving the track an extra dimension. Cranking up the feel-goodery oozing from the track.
Many Deep House tracks these days can be deprived of such emotion, and struggle to touch the depths of one’s soul. Not the case here. As you hear vocalist Andy Caine sing ‘There aint nothing standing in our way/we got a new day’. It gives a timeless, even vintage, edge in hearing somebody bear out their honest feelings in such a way. Certainly similar authenticity to a Luther Vandross or Marvin Gaye track.
New Day was made during a time when social media wasn’t present. At a time when giving a smile certainly seemed a more regular occurrence. Clubbers trying to take a usual ‘stone-cold look’ pic while in the club with this track in the background would struggle. One can’t help but smile from ear to ear while listening.