2019 Rewind: Fish Go Deep

FishGoDeep-photo by Billie Johnson

How was 2019 for you?
Fish Go Deep: The classic mixed bag – released plenty of music that we’re proud of and played loads of great parties. The world is going to shit though, isn’t it?

The Go Deep birthday party that we throw every year here in Cork is hard to beat. It’s a beautiful celebration of the music, dancing and friendships that we’ve shared with so many people over so many years.

Smaller clubs being increasingly sidelined in favor of festivals and enormous events. The roots of the music are in these spaces and they are slipping away.

Song of the year?
Windows – “Life Knocked Me” (Gerd Remix)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
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Album Review: Fish Go Deep / ‘Draw the Line’ (Go Deep Recordings)


Funky, smooth and with no mess or fuss – that would be the veteran Ireland pair Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson. The two have been prolific in 12-inch format, but find themselves with only a sophomore album on their hands, and this knowledge of how they work best has Draw the Line coming eight years after their first LP as well. Bearing house and soul insights whose lightness on the ear is summer-streaked, with a gumption to them so the Fish don’t blear and disappear, opening cut “Being Supreme” heads off at a good rate of knots, before “Two Wheels” and “Find a Way” turn on the style while keeping modest.

The duo’s need to take their time and hitting brass tacks on the head is all over “All Change,” which cuts down the tempo on a smoky funk burner that tempts you into filling the dance floor with cushions and pillows. Both have no qualms about withdrawing the vibe, which can become an issue for when the album leaves it chair to put on its dancing shoes, then kicks them back off and settles back down. Additionally, there’s nothing as addictive as “The Cure and the Cause”, as that particular richness finds itself seeping through the trip hop-soul of “Blue Flame” and icy calmer “Rub You Out” instead.
File under: Smoove & Turrell, Tracey K, King Britt