Deep house hasn’t quite been wrung of its relevance in the 2017 dance music landscape. Anjunadeep remains a prolific sub label of the Anjunabeats imprint, and “Aba” by Lane 8 and Kidnap Kid is the brand’s latest endeavor.
Gentle piano chords are met with soft synth work before the bass kicks begin in “Aba.” Each layer of the arrangement subtly feathers in from there, with an angelic vocal refrain coming in around the halfway mark.
Pleasant as it may be, however, “Aba” is characteristic of Anjunadeep’s more manufactured iteration of the deep house style. The production as a whole doesn’t take a great deal of risks, and the sound design is shallower than some of what the sub genre’s more tenured purveyors have been known to put out.
On his Facebook page, Lane 8 A.K.A. Daniel Goldstein remarked that the track was “a really really long time coming (sic).” About a week before that, he and Kidnap Kid A.K.A. Matt Relton had offered the below mix for the 138th edition of The Anjunadeep Edition:
Following a performance at the spring edition of CRSSD Festival in San Diego last weekend, Lane 8 will perform at Buku Music + Art Project on March 10th. Kidnap Kid will resume touring himself with a performance at Gramps and another at Soho House, both in Miami, Florida on March 25th.