Republic's sixteenth release, and its first in more than a year, is an extra-strong one that will grab lots of attention this fall from fans of the deep. DJ-producer-vocalist Lady Cherelle, a member of New York's SOUP collective and a 20-year veteran of both the East and West Coast underground scenes, makes her Republic debut with a scintillating three-track burst of melody, soul and true-school energy.

The Affaire de Couer EP's trio of tracks are complex tech-deep constructions with wicked basslines, haunting keyboards and strings, and evocative melodies, each one topped by Cherelle's own sultry vocals. Fans of Maya Jane Coles, Virginia or Nina Kraviz will be captivated by Cherelle's fresh contribution to this style; but fans of '90s house will also recognise the likes of Dubtribe and Everything but the Girl in its influences.

"Strong Enough" is marked by sinister Detroit-style electro keyboards and funky hand percussion offsetting Cherelle's vocals that put one in mind of classic Inner City. "So in Love" works a similar vein, with an outrageously melodic old-school vibraphone, funky breakbeats and insistent high-hats enhancing the mix. "Just Let Go" hits harder with a huge kick, rubbery bassline, epic strings and swirling echoes for an intense vibe that will turn a peaktime floor into a mass of energy. 

All in all the Affaire de Coeuer EP is one from the heart, a lush, steamy affair that will make for a tantalizing weapon in the quivers of deep selectors with taste.