Chaos In The CBD – Midnight in Peckham – Rhythm Section International

"emotional Deep House that transcends the genre"

New Zealand brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales relocated to London from Auckland in 2012; now with a series of release on Hot Haus, ClekClekBoom, Needwant and many more under their belt they a rapidly making a name for themselves. ‘Midnight in Peckham’ is the eight release on Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section, appropriately continuing on from Henry Wu’s ‘Good Morning Peckham’, and continues their reputation for putting out quality, conscious music.

‘Trust is Key’ kicks things off with tight, analogue hats that shuffle over a thumping bass while a haze of sampled conversations and short, choppy vocals provides a backdrop. The top line is deep and mellow with soft chord patterns and the whole thing comes together into a hypnotic deep house groove worthy of any veteran of the scene. ‘Observe’ has a jazzier feel to it with tight off beat chord stabs and splashy cymbals, small additions to the beat keep things moving forward. When it strips back during the breakdown and becomes just the groove and some haunting vocal chants the underlying beauty of the track becomes evident.

The title track ‘Midnight in Peckham’ conjures up visions of rainy London nights and misty bus windows. The layers gently peel back and cascade over each other while melancholy trumpets reverberate and weave in and out of each other. ‘Luxury Motivation’ rounds things off perfectly with a strange, off kilter beat and pushed chord patterns. Combining similar piano and trumpet sounds from earlier tracks in a totally different way but maintaining the deep, soulful and jazzy feel that is present through the whole release.

This is proper, emotional Deep House that transcends the genre. At once drawing influences from many genres and combining them into something new, thought provoking and relevant. It is a beautiful collection of work that revels in its own subtlety and laid back, understated vibes. Do not miss out, this is a release that will stand the tests of time without a doubt.

BY Pete Edmonston