London based label Hardmatter is gearing up to release their sophomore project from Detroit legend, Javonntte. Rarely seen but often heard, Javonntte ( has toured with Aretha Franklin, been featured on tracks with Andrés, Amp Fiddler, Blake Baxter & has had some very rare and sought after releases on now defunct label Noveau Riche. More recently, he’s released on Kai Alce’s NDATL and Patrice Scott‘s Sistrum Recordings.
The EP begins with the beautiful, “Sometimes,” a track aimed to influence hazy late night excursions where words are scarce and vibes are pure. Javonntte, like so many other house legends, knows how to craft deep, soulful tracks using only a few instruments, something that is indeed challenging and a testament to producers who know their equipment inside and out. Here we have nothing but the essentials, driving analog percussion, a funky bassline, deep pads, and flourishes of synthesizers and pianos all supported by a hypnotically “reverbed-out” vocal courtesy of the man himself. And just as he sings, “some things will never change,” we hope that music like this will never die. Now and forever, deep house is eternal. Detroit stand up.