King Britt is probably best known for his work as the touring deejay for Digable Planets (he was known as Silkworm), but he has successfully turned this early notoriety into a complex and varied career. A master of many styles, Philadelphia’s Britt has developed projects as diverse as the jazz/soul Sylk130, the deep house Scuba, and the Detroit techno-inspired Nova Dream Sequence. On his Deep & Sexy 4 mix compilation, King Britt keeps things in the house groove, producing an album that is at once a deejay set and a testament to his abilities as a producer. With Deep & Sexy 4, King Britt has transformed the normal house set into something more, highlighted by compelling spoken-word accents and original re-workings.
Rather than simply play tracks, Britt re-crafted much of the material into new productions that work seamlessly together. Deep & Sexy 4 is a journey through house music’s sensual pleasures, starting out with the soft and flirtatious “Waiting for Your Love” by Onda but transitioning into a variety of styles — Latin vibes, saxophone soul, rapid-fire percussion. Vocal tracks persist throughout, but what makes it truly shine are interjected vocals from the likes of Rich Medina, poet and riot grrrl Ursula Rucker, Cynthia Mauger and Maria Siravo musing on the nature of sexy. Rucker muses: “Sexy like the way you bite your bottom lip when I touch you like that” over the simmering groove of Beat Pharmacy’s “Wata.” King Britt’s Scuba project delivers the album’s most memorable moment with “Love for You,” a cutting-edge slice of electro-house soul featuring the magical presence of Lisa Shaw. The track runs on squelchy acid synths and a thick wall of bass that envelope Shaw’s rapturous vocals.