Deep offerings from the Detroit tastemaker on his label Upstairs Asylum Recordings.
Last year Talley launched Upstairs Asylum Recordings, a concept he first used on his second ever release, from 1998. Deep Essentials Vol. 1 offers up five tracks that showcase his groovy beatdown and minimal techno fusion. Straightforward drum programming, mesmerizing loops and meticulous sound design are the key components of a Talley track. Over the past few years a working relationship with Omar-S has further shaped his sound, with fellow Detroit artist/engineer Brian Kage's mastering touch lending his releases a familiar sheen.
Over the years, Talley's released excellent house tracks across a myriad of labels, from Track Mode to Third Ear to Tsuba. Deep Essentials Vol. 1 is the first in a series of key tracks from Talley's back catalogue, along with some new tracks. On "Holla-Day” (originally released on Tsuba in 2014) we get the bouncy blueprint for Detroit house, with a similar vibe on “DEEPTROITSTRUMENTAL," which keeps things moving with a rolling snare. "D-Toolz" is a new track and the most intense of the offering—the dubby, ominous melodic techno cut is a fitting soundtrack to a banging dance floor. The standout is "One Track Mind," a tension-building track from the aforementioned Tsuba EP, with its sweeping pads, jazz noodling and vocal snippets deep in the mix. Talley has carved out a place for himself by consistently delivering simple yet effective tracks that blur the line between techno and house. Many attempt to ride this fine edge, but as Deep Essentials Vol. 1 demonstrates, Talley's preternatural consistency is rooted in the storied history of Detroit dance music.