Saison – Come With Us EP

June 25, 2016 in Singles

Saison Come With Us EP Large MusicAn excellent three-track EP here from Chicago veterans Large Music. And while the name Saison will be new to most, the guys themselves are no newbies either… it’s a team-up between Leigh Darlow of The Layabouts, and Matthew Bandy of Deep House Souldiers*.

So, on to the music. Come With Us, which gets the ball rolling, is a languid deep house groover with jazzy piano chords, snatches of spoken female vocal that recall Akabu’s Ride The Storm and a main nagging Rhodes riff. Help Me is in a similar vein but with a more garage-y feel, while Walking The Night flips the script and takes us to the proggier, dreamier end of deep house, albeit still with a soulful vocal element.

Quality stuff all round, but it’s probably no surprise that Help Me is my fave.

Out: Tomorrow (26 June)

About: You can find Large Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

* From whose 2003 single This Is Why We Dance this blog takes its name. With Matt’s permission, of course, so cheers again for that Mr B!

Various – 4/4 #26

June 25, 2016 in Singles

4/4 #26 1980 RecordingsDan McKie’s 1980 Recordings release the latest in their long-running 4/4 V/A series here, and it’s a cracker, with four varied but equally high-calibre tracks.

Alex A’s Reality is up first, a tuff-ish tech-houser with dramatic filtered synths and a spoken, sampled male vocal. Eddy Lassemblée’s Sound Of Da Police, which follows, is a lively lil’ bouncer with a nagging acid riff and cheeky bites from both Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and (obviously) KRS-One, as well as “bounce!” vocal of its own. Mathieu Basi & Keedo’s 3am In Detroit then takes us into far deeper territory, as you’d probably already guessed from the title, while finally Sterbal’s Creased is a lo-slung, bassy houser with prog and rave elements and a “don’t you tell me” vocal sample.

If pushed then Sound Of Da Police and 3am In Detroit are the standouts for me – but only just because this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 1 July

About: Find 1980 Recordings on Facebook or at their own website.

Klartraum – E Remixes Pt 2

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Klartraum E Remixes Pt 2 LucidflowIn the ‘blue corner’ of tonight’s techno twosome we have this remix EP from the mighty Klartraum, AKA Helmut Erbritsch and Nadja Lind. Released in 2014, Klartraum’s E album was released as a series of four EPs, and now they’re taking a similar approach with the obligatory remix ‘album’, with this the second set of rerubs to hit the street.

There are five tracks in total. Our old friend Rishi K is up first with his take on Sky Fall, a laidback deep house groover built with warm-ups and poolside loungin’ in mind. Lucien Foort’s Mayhem Modular Remix of Dark Space Night is an unhurried techno throbber with gnarly sawtooth bass and a hint of acid, while Jon Donson’s rub of Drama Queen , with its 2001: A Space Odyssey samples, takes us into twitchy, minimal territory.  The Vynyard Dub Mix of Flight To Berlin is sparse dub techno taken to the Nth degree, bordering on flotation tank territory with its crackling white noise and mournful trumpet, while finally Nadja and Helmut give us their own Cinematic Mix of Sky Fall, which here becomes an ever-evolving 10-minute feast of lolloping, understated drums, squelchy organic bass, tinkling ivories and synth atmospherics a-gogo.

All good, but Rishi takes the gold for me.

Out: Now

About: This comes as ever on Klartaum’s own Lucidflow label, who you can find (as ever!) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jean Agoriia – Annabella EP

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Jean Agoriia Annabella EP Airtaxi RecordsTwo techno slabs from last week to catch up on before we crack on with this week’s releases, and it’s something of a red corner/blue corner situation as the two couldn’t be much more different.

In the red corner, we have this offering from Hungary’s Airtaxi Records, representing the more menacing end of the techno spectrum. Agoriia’s original of Annabella itself is all intricately rolling beats, dark surging bassline and horrorshow distorted male spoken vocal fragments, while remixes from Carlos Monsalve & Felipe G and Saulo Paul are essentially variations on the theme. One to reach for in those 3am moments when the floor’s truly locked-on and not ready to slow down yet!

Bonus cut Emulasion [sic], meanwhile, has a slightly lighter touch and is probably best describe as tech-house rather than straight-up techno, but lacks none of the A-side’s dancefloor punch.

Out: Now

About: Find Airtaxi Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Leciscu – Jazz-O-Matic EP

June 12, 2016 in Singles

Leciscu Jazz-O-Matic EP House Cookin' RecordsThree quite different mixes on offer of this latest from Romania’s Leciscu, who’s appeared previously on such labels as Gents & Dandy’s and Kolour Recordings.

In its Original form, Jazz-O-Matic features tuff-but-muted kicks, warping organ/synth drones, scatty vocal snips, all topped with some luvverly tinkling jazz ivories. The Melodymann Redeep Remix is a more bumpin’, garage-y pass sporting organ parps and stutterin’ beats, while finally the Khillaudio Remix heads into far deeper waters with lingering piano chords, a fat-ass bassline, dreamy sax and “jazz! Charlie Parker…” vocal snips which househeads of a certain age may also remember being used on Tingo Tango’s It Is Jazz from 1990, though I couldn’t tell you the original source.

The two rerubs just edge it over the original for me, but I couldn’t pick between the two and TBH all three mixes are very fine!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Belgian label House Cookin’, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Soul Perpetuity – Origins Of House

June 12, 2016 in Singles

Soul Perpetuity Origins Of House Plastik PeopleThis was always down to get reviewed but in the light of today’s tragic events in Orlando it couldn’t be much more apt right now.

On Origins Of House itself, a spoken vocal reminds us of the emergence of modern dance music in “a club called the Paradise Garage” atop a backing consisting mostly of simple, shufflin’ beats, garage-y organ chords and mournful, jazzy sax. Flip it over for Good For The Soul, another garage-y cut which features another spoken vocal, this time discussing how “This is a music to uplift your soul, to help you forget the troubles and tribulations of your life”.

Amen to that.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Albuquerque’s always on-point Plastik People, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

N.A.N.C.Y – Back Me Up

June 5, 2016 in Singles

N.A.N.C.Y Back Me Up Natural RhythmMore very solid deep/tech fare here courtesy of Romania’s ever-checkable Natural Rhythm.

Two tracks in a total of four mixes to choose from. Back Me Up itself, in its Original form, has a fat warping bassline, crisp tech-house beats and cut-up scatty jazz vox, while the accompanying uncredited Ken Fan Remix tones down the vocal but goes straight for the jugular with tuffer beats and big, throbbing two-note bassline. However, it’s actually Better Late Than Never that I’m feeling the most here. The original veers towards garage territory with its soulful male falsetto vocal and nagging Rhodes (?) chords, while the Deepshakerz Remix takes us into slightly tuffer, 3am territory and has a slightly tribal feel to the drums.

Out: This week

About: FindNatural Rhythm on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Liam Geddes – Right Path To Pray EP

June 5, 2016 in Singles

Liam Geddes Right Path To Pray EP Music Is LoveLiam Geddes returns to Manchester’s Music Is Love here to serve up four fine deep/tech house cuts.

Pray To Watch is up first, all crisp beats, haunting synth drones and squelchly acid bass. Right Path which follows rocks livelier, no-nonsense drums, shimmering synths/pads, resonating piano chords female vocal snips. So Many Needs is a chunkier house cut with jazzy overtones, while finally Song For New is a dreamier affair with surprisingly fierce kicks underpinning yearnsome female vox and what sounds like a loop of playground noise, though I could be wrong.

All good, but if pushed So Many Needs takes the gold.

Out: Today… or at least that’s what the promo mail-out said, though the Soundcloud page is now saying 16 June so go figure.

About: Find Music Is Love on Facebook, Soundcloud and Bandcamp, or at their own website.

Various – Proper Groovers Vol 1

June 5, 2016 in Singles

Proper Groovers Vol 1 Proper MusiqueSailing into far more contemporary waters now we have this V/A tech-house EP from Arno Stolz’s fledgling Belgian label Proper Musique.

The EP features four tracks from as many artists. Deetech’s opening Storm is a chunky, rolling affair with crisp 4/4s, shakers and a fat, whomping bassline, and is followed by Duke Tran & Paul Quzz’s Forty, a sparser, stuttery affair with distorted male spoken vox and disturbing synth screeches. Rone White’s Cut To The Chase rocks more straight-up housey kicks which it marries to a disco-tinged b-line, chanted male “bom-bom” vox and rave-y risers, while finally Tom Neatis’s Freeloader is a more percussive affair that makes good use of the filters to give it a slightly trippy, 4am kinda feel.

Four very solid floor-movers but Storm and Cut To The Chase stand out in particular.

Out: This week

About: Find Proper Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Various – RetrOzone Vol 1

June 5, 2016 in Singles

Various Retrozone Vol 1 Ozone RecordingsWhat we’re gonna do is here is go back… WAY back… as Sheffield’s Ozone Recordings launch a new reissue series called, er, RetrOzone. ]

Think what Brodanse’s Danse Club do for old US garage records, but for 1991/92-style hardcore rave. Featured here are three lesser-known tracks from ’92 courtesy of Nebula II (Flatliners), Bass Generator (Rhubarb & Samples) and Trak 1 (Street Violence), plus Rush Pirates’ Vol 1, a brand-new, sample-tastic affair that nails the sound of those white-gloves-n’-whistles days perfectly.

A bit of a departure from the usual TIWWD fare this one, admittedly. But ’91 hardcore was pretty much where yours truly came in and I suspect there are quite a lot of other, older househeads out there who won’t be able to resist breaking into a big silly grin when they hear these tracks.

Whistle posse – make some fucking noise!

Out: This week

About: You can find Ozone Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.