To most house cats, deep house is often viewed as house music’s more sophisticated, elder sibling. The music often has undertones of jazz, soul and, in South Africa, draws upon local music such as maskandi and isichatamiya.
Take Black Coffee for instance.
While his recent output leans more towards a commercial electronic/house hybrid, his earlier releases are deep and soulful house, through and through. His earlier productions were always left of centre to the more conventional afro-beat, percussive-driven deep house tunes. ‘Black Coffee’, his debut, was full of jazz, as were its follow-ups ‘Have Another One’ and ‘Home Brewed’ and ‘Pieces of Me’. Along the way, he worked with legends such as Hugh Masekela and the late Victor Ntoni and Busi Mhlongo.