Van Mollâ€™s output can be traced back as far as 1994 with releases as â€œFaceless Techno Bastardsâ€ and his own name, but itâ€™s his sublime take on deep house for Compost as TJ Kong which has garnered the most attention, and for good reason.
Here, on the â€˜Serenadeâ€™ EP, the listener is treated to three original cuts and a remix from the hotly tipped Suelo, and none of them fall short of excellent.
A simple kick and snare intro announces â€˜The Centre of The Worldâ€™ before the track gently builds towards a smooth, sine wave produced melody. Steadily joined by filtered keys and flowing strings, this is emotive deep house at its finest.
Sueloâ€™s interpretation of â€œThe Centre of The Worldâ€ takes a stripped NY approach â€“ all kick drum and tension, but when it drops into the originalâ€™s keys via some nifty filter work and vocal adlibs, itâ€™s equally as warm and charming. A fine example of respectful, carefully judged remixing, in short.
Modular K is the invited collaborator on â€˜Venusbergâ€™, an elaborate and disco infused piece of classic house which could thaw the most cynical of dancefloors with itâ€™s cheering builds and excellent melodies.
Finally, â€˜Ahhhâ€™ completes the package and rounds things off brilliantly by simultaneously providing the smile inducing nature of its counterparts and a slightly more introspective, heads down feel.
The perfect Spring release, TJ Kongâ€™s â€œSerenade EPâ€ is available on beatport now from Four:Twenty.
Here is a nice little mix from TJ Kong
Tracklist after the jump:
1. Sullivan/Mowbray – free harmonic blues
2. Ruthit – Not a problem (mymy mix)
3. TJ Kong – The centre of the world
4. Solomun – Explicit
5. Two Armadillos – Patience (Will Saul & Tam Cooper remix)
6. TJ Kong – Ahhh!!!
7. Dani Koenig – Hard South Americans
8. TJ Kong – Ahhh!!!
9. Class 71 – Diamond door
10. Cherry – Alex