Faze Action – Tattoo Man

April 28, 2010 in Singles

For about 15 years now, a new Faze Action record has always been a reason to get excited in my books. Last year they gave us the simply brilliant Stratus Energy long-player, their most overtly, unashamedly disco outing to date… so can they maintain?

Course they can. Tattoo Man is, if anything, even more out-and-out disco than the Stratus Energy album, with a vocal that makes me think of first-gen French disco, for some reason, in particular. It comes in four mixes: the full-vocal Live Extended Mix, the cowbell and squelch- bass-tastic Agogo Dub, the instrumental Special Disco Mix (all rumbling low-end and six-string histrionics) and the more Italo-inspired Rudy’s Midnight Machine Mix, which is the rub most likely to appeal to the nu-disco beards… but I’d happily drop any/all of ’em.
It’s proof that Simon & Robin remain the kings of the glitterball swing. More soon lads, please!
Out: This week
About: This is on the boys’ own Faze Action Records or FAR for short… and it was apparently recorded pretty much live in the studio, which might explain why it sounds like the best out-take live performance from Thank God It’s Friday that never was!
Here’s the Faze Action website [though I would point out that the “iDJ review” of Stratus Energy on the front page isn’t actually FROM iDJ – trust me, I wrote the iDJ review, and it wasn’t that one!] and here’s their MySpace as well.
PS The cover also appears to be some sort of homage to the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You as well, I can’t help noticing… look!

Chaim – Love Rehab

April 28, 2010 in Singles

Remember that Ashley Beedle remix of Bent (I think it was Everlasting Love) that used a sampled Captain & Tenille vocal to such devastating effect? Well, imagine that vocal over a backing that’s part nu-disco, part deep house – but with the dynamics of one of those ‘prog with vox’ tracks that were so popular in Ibiza circa 2001-2002 – and you’d end up with something like Love Rehab. Which, by the way, I like a lot.

New Year’s Eve is up next, which comes on like a 60s spy movie theme reworked for the deeper dancefloors. Finally on the vinyl there’s Locations, a sparse, breathy, percussion-led workout for the very late hours (but the late hours when the floor’s still got bags of energy), while digital buyers also get a dub of Love Rehab for their disco dollar.
Excellent stuff all round.
Out: This week
About: See, this is quite interesting, cos Chaim hails from Israel – previously better known for its prog/tribal and dodgy psy-trance than for its quality deep house – and this is on Bpitch Control, a label which used to always be FAR too techy and glitchy for me, but which lately has put out some proper quality house music and no mistake guv’nor. Which goes to show: you can’t take your eye off the ball for a minute in this game! Anyway, here’s the Bpitch Control website and here’s Chaim’s MySpace.

Various – Lost My Dog Miami sampler

April 28, 2010 in Singles

I know it seems a bit late in the day for a Miami sampler, but this only came out last week, honest! On which note, BTW, apologies for the slowness of updates this past week or so, normal service should be resumed from the weekend…

So to this EP, as good a demonstration as any as to why Lost My Dog is unarguably one of Britain’s best deep house labels right now. The EP kicks off with Bleep District’s Don’t Stop Now, an energetic kind of affair with a touch of P-funk to its robotic backing vox, near-falsetto lead and fat, squelchy bottom end. Imagine Prince jamming with Miles & Eliot and you’re in the right ballpark.
Next up is In Love by Glom, a proper bouncy ‘dancefloor deep’ jaunt distinguished by its odd-sounding vocal, which consists of a heavily-treated female voice repeating the title and the words “leave us be” (I think). It’s not so much a show-stopper, more just reliable floor fodder, but it’s good all the same.
Floating my boat more though is YSE pres Frank Carter III’s Guessing Game. This latter is a chunk of good old-fashioned garage/soulful house with a full male vocal – but with nary a muso noodle nor a nasal whine in sight. Quality, and all too rare a treat these days.
And then finally there’s Phazz by Roland Nights, which ain’t nothing but a relentless snare-tastic groove for the first four minutes of its life, then slowly stirs in a little bit of disco and a little bit of jazz; again, it’s a track aimed fair and square at the deep house dancefloors but once there it’ll work its magic for sure.
So: a varied EP from a mixture of brand new and better-known names, with the quality threshold extremely high throughout. Go seek.
Out: Now (since April 19, if you must know)
About: What with Lost My Dog having become one of Britain’s best-loved deep house labels, you shouldn’t need me to tell you much about ’em, but here’s their website for you anyway.

Snuff Crew – Jack 2

April 24, 2010 in Albums

More retro-flavoured acid jackin’ from Germany’s Snuff Crew on this, their second long-player, which follows hot on the heels of last year’s self-titled Snuff Crew.

As with that debut offering, what you’re gonna make of this depends to a large extent on how in love you are with proper first-generation acid house from Chicago, cos there’s not a huge amount of variety here, and practically nothing at all in the way of innovation. But if seven jack trax in the spirit of Pierre/Adonis/etc, laden with robotic vox, sparse 909 kicks and 303 tweakery galore sounds like fun, you’re gonna SO dig this.
I do, anyway. Like the man says on More Fun (along with She Is Not Mine and Crazy Drive, one of the standouts on this album): JACK THIS HOUSE!
Out: This week
About: This is on Gigolo, or rather latest offshoot Digital Church Of Gigolo, and you shouldn’t need me to tell you about them… so here’s the obligatory website link and let’s be done with it.

Jahcoozi – Barefoot Dub [Remixes]

April 24, 2010 in Singles

Having raved about the album in iDJ, thought it kinda behoved to bring the single to your attention on here…

Barefoot Dub was one of my fave tracks from Barefoot Wanderer, being one of the most overtly dubby. Object Object & Raw Milk’s Remix and Instrumental here though are more dancefloor-oriented, slightly tripped out dubstep takes. On the B you get the Milanese Remix of Jahcoozi’s slightly bizarre cover of The Cure’s Close To Me, which comes from the leftfield/cinematic end of dubstep à la Forensics, only with some German rave synths thrown in.

And then as if that wasn’t confusing enough, you then get the Click Box Medley Mix of Barefoot Dub/Close To Me, which doesn’t bear huge amounts of relation to either track TBH (bar a snippet of vocal) but which IS, I’m glad to report, as irresistibly groovy a slab of discofied technoid funk as you’re gonna hear all month, and definitely my pick from this EP.
Out: This week
About: This is (as I think I’ve made clear already) the single from Jahcoozi’s album Barefoot Wanderer, which is well worth investigating. It’s on Bpitch Control, most of whose output is too glitchy and techno-y for me, which just goes to show, er, something; anyway here’s the Bpitch Control website.

Jamie Jones – Ruckus EP

April 24, 2010 in Singles

The latest from the much-hyped Mr Jones, but in this case you can do the proverbial believing thing, cos this is ace. The one-sheet calls it “an infectious fusion of dubby house and jacking disco with strains of cosmic funk” and to save time I’m just gonna agree with ’em… I’m especially liking the way Ruckus starts out quite soulful and gentle but then gets seriously down and dirty as it progresses, but the bouncy, jackin’ deepness of Say What is also worth a mention.
Out: This week
About: This is the debut from a new imprint called Hot Creations, set up by Jamie Jones himself along with production chum Lee Foss. More info at their MySpace.

Dani Casarano & Felipe Valenzuela – You Say Me EP

April 24, 2010 in Singles

This would be fairly me-too shuffly tech-house were it not for the killer organ line on the lead track You Say Me, which is paired with some kiddy-chorus vocals à la Joubert Singers buried quite subtly in the mix, for what ends up as an altogether more soulful-sounding affair than it sounds like it’s going to be at first. The UES Remix is a slightly bumpier/jerkier affair, but while I’m preferring this one rhythmically you lose the organ-and-choir effect, which is a bit of a shame.

And then finally there’s bonus track Tony-Sonny, which is a pleasant if somewhat throwaway little deep/soulful houser with a very prominent classical-sounding piano line and some more nice chorused vox.

Out: This week
About: This is the first release on Casarano & Valenzuela’s own Melisma Label, er, label. Which might actually just be called Melisma Records after all… anyway here’s their MySpace, where you can currently HEAR Tony-Sonny on the player.
Dani Caserano is Swiss, Felipe Valenzeula is from Chile, which might explain the slight Latin tinge to the above cuts. Apparently they’ve been working together for 10 years, and according to Disco G’s, both have had releases out on UK label Metroline Limited, but I think this is the first I’ve heard from them. I’d like to hear more though…

FREE Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap track

April 21, 2010 in Singles

The most excellent Wolf+Lamb have kindly sent me this excellent chunk of soulful, discofied deep house goodness to share with you… so I’m sharing it and will let the music do the talking!

To download, click here
About: This is being sent out to promote W+L’s new label Double Standard… oh and Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap will be playing at T-Bar in London at the end of July as well.

Optick & Ciprian Lemnaru – Connected EP

April 21, 2010 in Singles

Some tech-house all the way from Romania here that, crucially, remembers to have some house in with the tech…

Lead track Maya is, in its original form, a nice deep-ish, chuggy groover that’s got echoes of both San Francisco and Berlin. There’s also a more downtempo-y Marten Fisher remix thereof, but that’s bit too techy for me and also introduces a dodgy indie-ish male vocal, so let’s move swiftly on to Kukta, which takes us back to the dancefloor. This time we’re in more straight-up European/techno territory but it’s a decent little bubbler all the same.
The original of Maya is the one for me, though.
Out: This week
About: This is on 90 Watts records outta the Netherlands, who also brought us the rather groovy Guilty Secret by Presetone recently (reviewed on this blog on 8 April). Here’s their website.

Chaser – Bite The Bullet

April 20, 2010 in Singles

Chaser may seem like a new name but this is actually from Funk D’Void, AKA Francois Dubois, along with partner-in-crime Nigel Hayes.

Funk D’Void is another artist who for me makes techno that appeals just as much to househeads, and so it is with Bite The Bullet, a heads-down workout that would work equally well on house, techno or prog floors, especially these days. It’s accompanied by a remix under the Dubois banner, which is a more sedate, late-night kinda proposition altogether, but still very pleasing.
To round out the EP, Messrs Hayes and D’Void (ha ha) then team up with Scottish house/techno stalwart Aqua Bassino on Odyssey. This features insistent, uptempo tribal/Afro drums which aren’t my thang, really, and it takes a while to get going, but once the subtle b-line and the looped “bring it all back to blues” vocal get going, it does grow into something that’s really rather likeable.
Out: This week
About: This is the latest from Urbantorque, and would appear to be their 115th release. Which makes me feel very old, cos I remember when they were a new label just starting out, and when we licensed URTR006, Beautiful You by Dealer’s Choice, for an iDJ cover CD (the Boxfresh House one) back in 2002… still, good to see ’em still going strong! Here’s their site of web