Boomkat Product Review:
Drew Daniel's latest progression into deep house moods is his most expansive and psychedelic album to date. Big room, widescreen disco never sounded so wiry and layered - one for fans of DJ Sprinkles or Theo Parrish.
Crafted during lockdown with an international team of remote collaborators - including MC Schmidt, Nate Wooley, Horse Lords' Andrew Bernstein, Cuban percussionist Ayoze de Alejandro Lopez and Turkish arranger Ulas Kurugullu, among others - "Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This?" might be the most expansive and ambitious record Drew Daniel has ever made. The title is a reference to a question the Matmos veteran's friend was asked while DJing; it became a mantra and guided the album, "created as an attempt to imagine possible musical responses to her question." So depth is fully explored, mostly using disco and house references but not completely - the album's lengthy central track 'Sunwash' is a frothy slab of cosmic psychedelia that ditches the disco completely in favor of ascending synths, piano and blurry pads.
The album's other side is more forthcoming with its mood - opening track 'Deeper' is a disco hydra, all chiming bells, clipped, hard-swung rhythms, gospel organs and spiraling horns that are echoed into Arthur Russell-esque abstraction in the track's final third. 'Trocadero' maintains the groove, and highlights Daniel's ability to craft such supple deep house movers; even with a throng of collaborators working on the record, there's a unified voice that never falters. On 'Wanna Know', Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner breathily emotes over harpsichord twangs and rubbery bass, and on 'Deeper Than This' Daniel's jerky, hollow rhythms and canned bassline harmonizes neatly with Theo Parrish's legendary sound. Deep, sexy music for erotically challenged times.