I gave up trying to keep up with all of the music submissions sent to me personally many years ago, and stopped feeling bad about it shortly thereafter. But Sunny Winter Morning was an EP sent to me several months ago and has shamed me since the first time I fished it out of the pile where it had languished and began to listen. This is a technically ideal, possibly divine, emotionally profound deep house record.

With a highly individualized production style, Soela shows herself to be an admirer if not a student of the school of Chez Damier and all of the labels, institutions and artists associated with his name in a long and fruitful career. The title track is spellbinding: pads that hit without striking, melodies that hypnotize and then evolve into new shapes and colors.

“Night Train” (featuring Module One) reaches a place where the bass drum drops out in a kind of pure audio oasis, and if this isn’t Elysium then it’s pretty damn close. These tracks are staggeringly drunk.

Sunny Winter Morning was released on vinyl by Shall Not Fade sublabel Lost Palms and there are still a few copies mixing with the masses out there, one of which has my name on it.

Soela: Sunny Winter Morning / Lost Palms
1. Soela: Sunny Winter Morning (05:21)
2. Soela: Again & Again (05:58)
3. Soela & Module One – Night Train Ft. Module One (06:05)
4. Soela: Chords To Dream (03:32)