Deep house is making a bit of a comeback in the world of electronic dance music. It boasts roots in so-called U.S. garage and the soulful, gospel-tinged stylings of early house pioneers such as Larry Levan, but the genre has evolved much over the years. It has left its cheesy disco past and moved on to the stripped-down sophistication of contemporary tech-house. With much of the deep revival happening in Germany, many techno producers there are turning away from cold Teutonic aesthetics and bringing back the soul. Berlin-based DJ/producer Phonique, winner of Beatport's 2008 Best Deep House DJ award, will play an exclusive set at Electric Pickle this Friday that should be an exemplary taste of this new sound. The Berlin-based DJ began his career spinning old-school breaks, hip-hop, and drum 'n' bass. He eventually switched genres and has gained steady recognition throughout the '00s as a talented producer with a slew of remixes, collaborations, and original releases on top labels such as Pokerflat and Dessous.