Of all the Leicester, England-based moombahton producers who imbue the tropical sound with the combined legacies of house, techno and drum and bass, John Stanhope aka Disgraceland is comfortably DAD’s favourite. After hitting his sweetspot with “All My Zeroes Are Greater Than Your One,” he found his home in the deep, techy strain of the sound, firing out a string of expansive nocturnal grooves that reminded you that you of all the rarified places dance music can take you. Fuck a glowstick and put your shirt back on, you look stupid.
Smartly, Mrs P, a long-time companion of John on his journey through clubland, decided that he’d be the man to re-fix her tune Control, a joint produced by Mix Munkies and out now on Proud Runs Deep. John does what John does best, stripping it down, stretching it, creating uncluttered, wide-open spaces giving everything acres of room to breathe and dream, letting the groove slink into that magical chug territory, with acid snippets and chord washes linking with Mrs P’s lush vocal snatches to provide lilting harpy dancefloor calls. And who says you need snare rolls to provide road signs to the drops ahead? None of that gauche shit in here, my friend.
This is coffee-table, gentrified stuff. Paris catwalk business. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference beats. Given that the deep house bug is gently nibbling America’s ear, it’s a timely reminder of how dance music pretty much always plays out. Deep house and intelligent drum and bass always struck me as repugnant, snobby terms, dismissive of mass taste, but scenes need to self-police when the sound becomes formalized, limiting, predictable and safe – and with moombahton seemingly eschewing its embryonic global genetics to cozy up to EDM, the moombahdeep sound gives the genre room to move and grow. Disgraceland knows this. Now you do, too. Don’t be one of THEM.