Stephen Rigmalden – Your Love Keeps

July 21, 2010 in Singles

Might as well stick with ‘soulful things beginning with S…’! This one comes from Californian DJ, producer and Soso Deep label owner Stephen Rigmalden.

Whether it’s Rigmalden himself singing isn’t made 100% clear, but yeah, Your Love Keeps is a male-vocalled affair. It comes in four mixes, although for some reason the Deep Mix seems to have gone walkabout… in the meantime, the Original has quite a nice old-skool trippy/floaty feel to its little synth squiggles and the Afro mix will suit those soulful clubs/jocks currently getting all excited about the South African stuff, but for me the Dazzle Drums Remix is the one. It’s got that kind of deep-meets-prog feel that’s also quite current right now (as well as the SA stuff I mean), and would work equally well in the specialist clubs, or as warm-up fodder for a broader range of DJs (on the White Isle in particular, methinks).
Out: This week
About: This ISN’T on Rigmalden’s own label, but rather on London-based Centric Music, whose website might magically appear in your browser if you click with your mouse roundabout… ooh, here, say.

Steal Vybe – Passion In Me

July 21, 2010 in Singles

Not had anything particularly “soulful” on here for ages, which says a lot about how my personal listening tastes have altered over the past couple of years… but there are plenty of people out there who still love the soulful stuff and this is certainly a pretty strong example of the genre.

There are four mixes in total on the full release, but only two promo’d, Ezel’s Remix and Ezel’s Dub. The tune itself some of you will know – it was first out in 2005, in fact I’m pretty sure I reviewed it in iDJ at the time. The new rubs marry shuffling percussion with some crazy squealin’ and squallin’ Hammonds that sit quite subtly in the mix; of the two I’m preferring the Dub, cos it brings those organs a little more to the fore.
Out: This week
About: Not much I should need to tell you about King Street, but here’s the website just in case.

A/D/S/R – DJ Whore

July 18, 2010 in Singles

A/D/S/R are a Brighton duo who’ve had stuff out previously on Toolroom, among others, and here they deliver a three-tracker for Thessaloniki’s Erase Records.

The title cut is a rolling, looping house groove with an infectious ‘ba-da-da-da-da’ female chorus (think of The Muppets doing Phenomenon). S’good – and you gotta love that faux-Bronx accent on the occasional spoken drop-downs – but it’s the Wasabi Remix which is getting my vote, a tuffer disco-tech rework in a Sneak-ish kinda style.
Rounding out an EP that’s well worthy of your attention is Cantaloupe Island, which is a reworking of the Herbie Hancock jazz standard (as sampled by Us3 and used on various adverts), and which lends a nice playful air to proceedings.
Out: This week
About: Erase Records are, as I mentioned, based in Greece; this is the label’s 122nd release no less, and you can find out more by visiting their MySpace.

The Odd Couple – Lady Shaker/Grass Roots

July 18, 2010 in Singles

After all that moody Berlin tech-house here’s something altogether jollier and more organic.

Not sure I’ve ever featured a Jalapeno Records release on this blog before – and they’re probably not speaking to me anyway, after I only gave the new Max Sedgley album 6/10 in iDJ – but this is in line with the label’s recent ‘less breaks, more funk’ kinda direction. Two summery, good-time grooves from the pairing of Sneaky Fox and Ernesto Picaro, with Grass Roots a little more house-ified and Lady Shaker more just an eminently playable slab of contemporary funk.
Grab this and get down wit yo bad self. Or something.
Out: This week
About: I do actually like a lot of Jalapeno’s stuff, the rather disappointing Sedgley long-player notwithstanding! Find ’em on the worldwide web here.

Weichold, Babicz, DJ Earthian

July 18, 2010 in Singles

Is it house? Is it techno? That’s a question that’s harder to answer these days than it used to be, isn’t it? And here are three singles that continue the boundary-blurring.

First, Robert Babicz comes with the Remote Kiss EP, which features three new tracks NOT taken from his recent Immortal Changes album. The Sun and Simple Feeling are more deep techno than deep house for sure, but for househeads, the title track Remote Kiss is where you want to be heading.
Out: This week
About: Remote Kiss comes atcha on Babiczstyle: it’s his own label, obviously, and this is the very first release. You can HEAR THESE TRACKS at the equally brand-new (and still quite basic) Babiczstyle website.

Next up, Rainer Weichold, whose Reis comes in five mixes and operates in a similar techno-gone-disco kind of arena to classic Dave Angel, Carl Craig or Cajual Records material. You might expect to hear the likes of Derrick Carter or DJ Sneak playing this one.
Out: This week
About: This samples Helge Schneider, who as far as I can see appears to be some sort of German Bill Bailey. And it’s on BluFin, a German label I’ve not come across before; they’ve had stuff out from the likes of Martin Eyerer, James Talk, Cass & Mangan and John Acquaviva, and you can find out more by visiting their MySpace.

And finally in this little mini round-up there’s DJ Earthian, who’s apparently one-half of Animaltek but who’s making his solo debut with Te-Nos on dubKULT’s Living Records label.
Deep, chugging tech-house is the order of the day here as well, with three mixes of Te-Nos plus bonus cut Skrower. The Kife Remix is more a straight-up techno affair but the other rubs should work on open-minded house floors, while the 5:4 Dubbed Mix is particularly interesting because it does, indeed, operate in 5/4 time. Admittedly the track’s so stripped and minimal you’d hardly notice the difference, but still…
Out: This week
About: Think I’ve told you most of what I know, but DJ Earthian is from Azerbaijan via Israel and now lives in New York, if that’s any help? Oh yeah and here’s the Living Records website, though it doesn’t look to have been updated in a while (ha! says Mr Sudden Week-Long Gap… I can’t really comment, can I?)
**UPDATE: As per the comment received below… you can now find an up-to-date Living Records website here

Monsieur Electronique – I Really Need You

July 18, 2010 in Singles

Let’s go nice and deep now with another quality release from Liverpool’s under-rated Etoka Records stable.

Don’t know much about Monsieur Electronique, though his MySpace tells me he’s from Athens and Disco G’s says that he’s had just one previous single out, also on Etoka. Let’s hope there’s plenty more to come if it’s all gonna be as good as this: I Really Need You is a mellow deep house groove perfect for warm-ups, after-club sesssions or, as I write, lazy Sunday mornings. Four mixes to choose from, though only the slightly more pumped-up and discofied Mikele’s In The Morning Mix varies much from the Original. But if it ain’t broke, etc.
Out: This week
About: As stated this is on Etoka Records, based in Megacity 0151 – find out more about ’em at their website or MySpace, where you can also HEAR THIS for yourself.

Gerd – For 12 Minutes She Danced With An Alien

July 18, 2010 in Singles

Dutch producer Gert-Jan Bijl, AKA Gerd, has been putting out house, techno and downtempo/leftfield records since 1994, though it’s really only in the last few years he’s come to wider international attention, most notably with 2006’s excellent Perspectives long-player.

Here one of his earliest releases – originally forming the B-side of 1995’s Arkest’s Blaze – gets a 2010 re-release with new mixes by Gerd himself and fellow Dutchman Joris Voorn. Gerd’s own 2010 Remix is a chugging, eyes-wide-shut groover with proggy/Balearic overtones, while Voorn scatters just a little more disco dust over it on his Ruff Mix, which has a slightly west coast kinda feel to it.
Out: This week
About: This is on Gerd’s own Rejected Music, which he runs with Edwin Oosterwal.

ATP/Inside Man – Lost My Way/Thoughts Can Kill

July 9, 2010 in Singles

A split EP here from my favourite under-rated D&B label, Vibration Records.

Lost My Way by ATP is a piece of sheer liquid funk bliss: ethereal and summery, it’s a piece of music that should appeal way beyond the D&B soldiers (in fact, that might arguably appeal more to a general audience than it does to the junglist massive, but who am I to say?). Thoughts Can Kill by Inside Man on the B is a headier steppers’ number, dubbed out to the max with just a hint of gnarliness to it, but not so much that it’ll frighten the horses…
I think Lost My Way is my fave but I do like both tracks… put the two together and it’s another fine release from this criminally slept-on imprint!
Out: This week
About: As stated, this is on Vibration Records, a mostly liquid-oriented D&B label based in darkest Essex (or was it Kent? one of ’em anyway). Find out more and HEAR THESE TRACKS by visiting their website, whydon’tcha?

Sonny Fodera – Roadkill EP

July 9, 2010 in Singles

The latest from the mighty Drop Music here, and something of a surprise, cos it’s a fair bit more accessible/poppy than you might expect. Not in a horrible way, though – only in the way that, say, a lot of Naked or Om stuff used to be quite accessible/poppy.

And if you can leave your cool credible underground prejudices at the door for a moment, you might find this kicks some booty all the same. With a vocal that’s got definite R&B leanings, Never Knew in fact reminds me a little bit of classic UKG circa 1999 – you could play this next to, say, Bizzi’s Party, and it’d sound right at home. Well, I’d give it a go, anyway. What You Want has a little of that old skool ‘house n’ garage’ feel to it as well, while the Inland Knights Typewriter Mix of the latter sees the boys venturing into electrofunk territory – not to mention giving a cheeky little nod to Ma Foom Bey in passing.
So yeah… not your standard Drop fodder for sure, but definitely well worth checking!
Out: Monday (12 July)
About: Oh come on, you don’t need me to tell you about either Drop Music or the Inland Knights. As for Sonny Fodera, he’s from Adelaide, Australia and he’s had stuff out on Salted before as well as Drop.

Lopazz, Betoko & Zarook – Lopazz & Friends EP

July 9, 2010 in Singles

The latest from Get Physical is actually attributed to Lopazz, Betoko & Zarook featuring Imagination but all that would never fit in the box…

Anyway, no major surprises from Get Physical with this squelchy, wonkified Berlin-style houser, but it’ll do the do. The lead track is New Dimension, which comes in four mixes, of which my pick is probably the Lopazz & Zarook Vinyl Version, being just a little bit housier and less techy than the rest. You also get bonus cut Mafaldhinha, more shuffly post-minimal Berlin fare, albeit with a little nod to vintage Chi-town in the bassline.
Out: This week
About: You surely know Get Physical by now… Lopazz meanwhile has had stuff out before on both Get Physical and Cocoon, which gives you an idea of the kind of thing to expect here…