Dead Heat, Formerly Esperanza, Coax Brooding Haze Out of 'Bosco'

Berlin's Life and Death label delivers house music that's bleary like Sunday morning

Dead Heat
Dead Heat
Philip Sherburne WRITTEN BY
Philip Sherburne

From Berlin's Life and Death label comes Dead Heat, an Italian trio formerly known as Esperanza. "Bosco," the group's debut single under the new alias, is a long way from their label's recent underground hit, "Requiem" by Ten Walls, too. Where the latter was made for open-air festivals, the slow-motion haze of "Bosco" is better suited to rainy Sunday mornings, complete with finger-picked guitar that rises like steam from a hot mug. (The beat still throbs like a Saturday night out, it's just slower and muddier.) As Dead Heat, the trio still have the same deeply emotive leanings they displayed on Esperanza's self-titled album for Gomma in 2011, but they've left Balearic disco and new wave behind, turning instead to Superpitcher and Leonard Cohen for inspiration.

Dead Heat's "Bosco" / "The Dam" EP is out now, backed by remixes from the Field and Lucy. Listen to "Bosco" in full below.

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