The man from Donny brings ruff and ready hybrids to his Deep Soul EP.
Doncaster native Mella Dee has been making significant noise for a while now. As one half of Mista Men with fellow local Woozee, he crafted no-nonsense dancefloor cuts that drew from the 4×4 garage and bassline sounds ubiquitous in the north at the time. As a solo artist, he blessed the inaugural Coyote Records release in 2012, before bringing his take on the echoes of UK sound system culture to a variety of labels, including Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy, Redlight’s Lobster Boy and Omena Records.
Now, he’s debuting on DEXT Recordings on April 15 with the Deep Soul EP – a four track collection of rugged club workouts that are indebted to everything from UK garage to jungle, techno to early ’90s darkcore. The title track is a commanding journey through the outer reaches of these sounds, all through a foggy lens that incorporates jagged Reese bass, yearning vocal hooks and pummelling breaks. A sure nod to the past, yet distinctly contemporary. Have a listen below…
The Deep Soul EP is out April 15 on DEXT Recordings. Pre-order it here.