Vested Recordings presents From Chicago With Love 2020 EP marking the label’s 17th release, and it has something for all electronic music lovers. It features five melodic electronic grooves ranging from progressive house and deep house to melodic techno.
Vested Recordings label regular Jeff Ozmits and label newcomer Bedroom Logic team up to bring you “Secret Sky,” a driving melodic peak-hour progressive gem that begs to be hammered during a prime stretch of evening. A deep and bouncing bassline paired with pleasing synth arpeggios really hit the sweet spot here and start this release off right.
The EP’s second track comes from label head RJ Pickens. He teams up with Tru Musica label head Brian Boncher for “Astral Dream,” a house-driven melodic progressive tune layered with guitars, synths, stacked percussion, and a bassline paying playful homage to an electronic classic. Joining them are instrumentalists Jim O’Reilly and Skeebo Geebo with melodic contributions.
Next up is the multi-faceted My Boy Elroy who teams up with OpenOptics. Their track “Where Do We Start Now” is a sublime deep melodic house offering infused with synthwave leads, organic handpan textures, a trotting rhythm section, and a low-end groove.
“Clearing Space” is a lush and textured melodic techno composition with deep and driving groove from staple Chicago artist: Hummingbird. She’s assembled a lovely, intricate, and moody piece of electronic music here that will have you listening to all the nuances amongst the smooth energies of this piece over and again.
And rounding out this release is “Deeper Than Us” by FJ9, a really promising newcomer to the label and the Chicago music scene alike. Fusing elements of melodic techno, house, and electro in this composition, he delivers a modulated-synth-driven piece of music that truly finishes this compilation with a big bang.
Artwork by: Chicago-based photographer Eric Formato