JOJOFLORES & HALO Miami Sunset Sessions (Gotsoul/City Deep) Rating: NNN
Montreal's jojoflores and San Diego's Halo have teamed up for this two-disc deep house DJ mix, with jojoflores handling the first disc and Halo mixing the second. Both DJs walk similar paths - lots of organ, Afro-Latin percussion, dubbed-out synths and a melancholic laid-back vibe.
The mixing is smooth but restrained; there's no radical reworking going on here, and that's not really the goal. The mood throughout the two discs is very consistent, but that's also the main problem. While there are peaks and valleys, they're not very extreme one way or the other. This is a good taste of where deep soulful house is right now, but it lacks the flamboyance and excitement that would make it memorable.
Jojoflores plays August 3 at Mod Club.