Another quick round-up doodahmajig

September 24, 2010 in Singles

Well, as ever the best laid plans etc – blame a very hectic month at one my regular daytime employers Music Tech – so again not got as much blogged this week as I’d hoped. And this weekend there’s loads of downloads to catch up with plus my iDJ reviews to write… plus I appear to be going to a bellydancing competition, somewhat randomly… so here, just quickly, are some freshly-issued recordings of popular music that I’d strongly advise you to seek out… with apologies to the artists/labels concerned that it’s not a full review this time out!

Morning Factory – Dazin’ EP (2020Vision)
Ralph Lawson’s label show why they’re still at the top of the deep house tree after all these years with this debut release from Morning Factory, a Dutch twosome named after a Trent/Damier track dontchaknow? Three tracks of quality contemporary-sounding deep house, plus more downtempo cut Dedication, make this one to check for sure.
Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause – The Great Lawn
(Hidden Recordings)
Seem to have lost any info on this I may have had but it’s good, one to check if you like your house deep and just a little wee bit on the techy side. Mixes come from Alexi Delano, Alland Byallo, Ambivalent, Andrea Ferlin, Andrew Grant, Argenis Brito and also some people whose names DON’T begin with A, to wit DJ Seoul and Franklin Da Costa. With that many rubs there’s bound be at least one ya’d play…

The Suppliers – Lost Count
(Bad Pony)
One for the tech-house or ‘house/techno’ lovers here, on a label I don’t know much about and with a little of that off-kilter Balkan feel thrown in. Remixes from Fady Ferraye, Tone Depth, J.O.S.H, Raxon and D-Slide & Doxx. Some of ’em are a bit too techy for me, others though aren’t so investigate for yourself!
City Soul Project – Something With Jazz (NuLogic)
Not quite sure what the deal is with this one in terms of other mixes, a proper release date, etc. What I CAN tell you is that it’s a new deep house sub-label from the SK Supreme stable, and like pretty much everything this not-so-mysterious duo have done, the track is a wicked slice of old skool-sounding house that will have the older heads/ageing cheesy quavers drooling, with some fine understated, almost Balearic-sounding pianos, some melancholy sax and a couple of wicked slap bass breaks to inject a little good-times energy.

Good Parts – You Say It… We Edit! EP (Star-fi Recordings)
After the Star-Fi boys kindly gave TIWWD an exclusive on that Voodoo Ray bootie, could hardly overlook their latest release now could I? Thankfully no boy’s own nepotistic back-slapping is required, as this three-tracker of re-edits of (very obscure) disco cuts is easily up to their usual GP high standards. I do know what the three edited tracks are BTW but I’m not gonna spoil it – or pretend I’d heard them all before (one I did know, two are making their My World debut in GP re-edit form).
D-Pulse – On A Highway To Saturn (Nang)
Apparently some thieving bastard Bristol postie got a nice bundle of Nang vinyl recently, cos I know I certainly didn’t – ah well thanks anyway Emily! This latest from the Nang stable pursues the usual nu-disco direction, this time out with some mixes (the Jan Ken Po Instrumental, for instance) that will appeal as much to the deep house heads as to the nu-disco beards, while at the other end of the spectrum, Sare “it’s that man again!” Havlicek serves up a rub that’s a treat for those with a penchant for the analogue-tastic and unashamedly kitsch. A very solid package all round, then.
*** Please note that ALL OF THE ABOVE came out this week so are still nice and fresh for your floor… now go seek! ***
PS I didn’t do very well at keeping it brief, did I? Ah well (again).

John Daly – Big Piano

September 23, 2010 in Singles

Been a while since I’ve had owt land from Drumpoet Community so this was a very welcome arrival last week or whenever it was…

Big Piano itself is a languid, laidback deep houser whose primary instrumentation shouldn’t need much explaining, but it’s just one of four tracks on this EP. Elsewhere, Reach is an even deeper, late-night affair, Long Distance is a wobbly, warbly deep techno bubbler, while finally Atlantic Drive takes us into ambient territory.
The latter passes me by somewhat, but the other three cuts here are crackin’, with Reach my fave I think. DPC do it again.
Out: Tomorrow (24 Sept)
About: The Vienna-based, Compost-affiliated Drumpoet Community can always be relied on for deep house grooves of the finest quality – find ’em on MySpace.

The Model – Love Songs For Robots

September 20, 2010 in Singles

Not quite sure how you’d classify this one, but as I just mentioned my robot collection in the last post, then spotted this in the ‘to blog’ folder as I signed out, I figured now was a good time to give it a mention!

I guess you’d file it somewhere between nu-disco and techno/electro. But there’s a fine line with all this retro analogue stuff, isn’t there? Sure, You is a nice piece of electronica that owes not a little to Detroit techno, while Still In My Heart (in its Original, instrumental form) provides the synthy nu-Italo fun; but on Japanese Garden, and particularly on the vocal version of Still In My Heart, we’re veering dangerously close to J-MJ/Vangelis and dodgy 80s synth-pop territory, respectively.
My Favorite Robot are touting this as “their most important release to date”, on the basis that The Model is already a big name in electro circles. That’s not something I can comment on, really, but for me, two out of four ain’t bad.
Out: It just says “September” so now-ish
About: Not a label that’ve featured on TIWWD before, I don’t think, My Favorite Robot describe themselves as “building a catalogue of music that incorporates the best of electro, techno, nu-disco and house”. Presumably they’ve listed those genres in descending order of importance to them, which is maybe why they’ve not featured here much cos my order of preference would be exactly the reverse… but anyway their back cat features the likes of Sasse and Phonogenic so they’re not to be dismissed. Here’s their website for your non-dismissing pleasure… and here’s their MySpace so you can not-dismiss them some more.

Mr V – Mix The Vibe

September 20, 2010 in Albums

You might be a bit like me. You might come from Bradford, have a funny non-bending toe where you broke it once, and own a stupid number of toy robots. That’d be spooky.

Or, you might be a bit like me and have fallen a bit out of love with ‘soulful house’ in the past year or two, particularly when everyone’s so obsessed with Latin/Afro rhythms and those good old-fashioned fat basslines and thumping 4/4s are in such short supply from your traditional soulful house faves.
Well, in that case you might not expect a huge amount from the new Mix The Vibe album – the 20th in King Street’s mix comp series… but you’d be surprised. Cos while the album does take in a few of those wispy, Afro-y type numbers, Mr V actually takes us on quite a varied ride all told, with big synth/organ lines providing much of the dancefloor thrills and several hip-house vocals to liven up proceedings (I’m a bit of a sucker for hip-house vocals – who isn’t?). With tracks and mixes from the likes of Moodymanc, Kruse & Nuernberg and Ivan Ianobucci as well as the more expected likes of Ananda Project, Stephanie Cooke and Roland Clarke, this is definitely worthy of your attention.
Oh yeah, and if you’re not like me, and you’re still a soulful house diehard, then you’ll probably love it too – just maybe for different tracks.
Out: Next week (September 27)
About: This is the 20th in the Mix The Vibe series, so you shouldn’t really need too much explaining, but here’s the obligatory King Street weblink in case you need to know more.

Stuff we missed last week – a round-up

September 20, 2010 in Singles

Got quite busy last week and hence a few things I’d planned to blog about got overlooked, so let’s just rattle through ’em quickly.

Conan Liquid – Disco Sux 2 EP (MN2s)
A second EP of disco-house goodness from Conan Liquid here. Doesn’t break any new ground really but there’s a lot of interest in this sort of stuff at the moment, innit? If pushed I’d say Twisted Tabs is my fav but all three tracks will do the do.
S.N.U.S – Everyman
(Forbidden Fruit)
Techy deep house with a soulful male vocal and a hint of vintage Chi-town. Comes from Leeds-based label Forbidden Fruit, courtesy of a Swedish/Geordie duo. Remixes come from Raymond Rodriguez and Audiobliss, the latter chopping up the vox à la Todd Edwards/MK.

St Plomb – Precious Soul (Perspectiv)
Another soul-infused joint, this time from Ripperton’s label. The ‘soul’ is as much in the melodic overall vibe as it is in the disjointed vocal snips, which are actually quite few and far between, and there are three quite different mixes: the original is a languid warm-up/Ibiza sunset kind of affair, Soulfiction’s Kinda Dub is a druggy deep house groover and Jackmate’s NDS Boogie adds some serious funk.
Chuck Cogan – The Inside EP (Ooze Recordings)
A bit of a departure for TIWWD, this one: it’s a two-tracker of downtempo/leftfield synth-led electronica. It’s good though, vaguely Philip Glass-ish with a bit of nu-disco in the sound selection, and will suit those very, very late night moments nicely.
Out: Now (all of ’em)

Maher Daniel/Daniel Dubb – 3rd Time Is A Charm/Bring The Heat

September 15, 2010 in Singles

A simple split two-tracker here, and it’s a tale of two Daniels.

On the A, Stereo (Montreal) resident Maher Daniel serves up 3rd Time Is A Charm, a rolling, looping dancefloor-oriented affair that builds nicely, the vocal snips and keyboard stabs barely there at first but then slowly, steadily emerging out of the mix until they hit you full in the face in a sudden rush of old-skool nostalgia. On the B, meanwhile, Daniel Dubb’s Bring The Heat is another rolling, dancefloor number with a slightly prog/tribal feel (as befits a producer who’s made previous appearances on ViVa and Plastic City) but also hints of disco.
A worthwhile bet, then, and the two Dans can very proud of themselves. Not too proud, though, or they’ll turn into cocky Daniels. Let’s hope Jerry Springer gets to hear it and invites them on his TV programme, then they could be Springer Daniels as well. Or maybe the Prince of Wales will ascend to the throne… then he could invite them to the palace, but they’d be all like, nah, can’t really be arsed. King Charles cavalier Daniels, y’see… I’ll stop now…
Out: This week
About: This is on Rejected, which as you’re no doubt aware is Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal’s label – here’s the Rejected website.

Jazzloungerz ft Johanna Olarte – Amor

September 15, 2010 in Singles

Regular readers of this blog and/or iDJ will know I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Spanish vocals, which means I’d bypass the Original Vocal here in favour of the Original Instrumental. Both, though, feature a main synth-string riff comprised of rising and falling, heavily filtered stabs that give the track a surprisingly Detroitian feel for Seamless (it also reminds me a bit of Akabu’s Ride The Storm).

Lauer & Canard turn in a mix that’s a bit more Ibiza-y and big room, but we’ll skip past that to the Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart mixes. Again offering vocal and instrumental versions, this pair take the track down a far more, er, jazzy and loungey path altogether, with some tinkling ivories to die for, which do battle with some ker-razy parping organs.
Mixes to suit a range of floors/DJs/moods, then, but it’s Montana & Stewart’s instrumental all the way for me. Time to get loose, moose.
Out: This week
About:As with most Jazzloungerz material, this is on Seamless Recordings, who I recently got accused of being in love with, so much coverage have they had on this blog recently… but it has to be said they HAVE been on a serious roll of late, treading a deeper path than in days gone by. Visit ’em online here.

Misstress De Funk – Secret Garden

September 14, 2010 in Singles

Not a lot of info on this one, but it’s good…

Secret Garden itself comes in two versions, the Original and a Pedramovich Yazdi Remix. The Original sits right on the house/techno border, with a slightly tribal/drummy kinda flavour about it, and you could imagine it slotting into sets for a range of DJs. There’s a weird spoken vocal (or rather vocals, cos there are several voices) that raise it from the ranks of mere set-filling fodder, too. Pedramovich Yadzi’s remix (or is it Pedramovich’s Yadzi Remix? I’m not sure…) is more of the same but with a slightly dubbier, trippier feel.

But the highlight for me here is bonus cut End Of An Era. This is even more drum-oriented and tracky than Secret Garden, but when you realise it’s a tribute to/lament for the closing of DC10 that makes perfect sense! Again it comes with a spoken vocal, which in this instance is (I’m told) sampled from an interview with Tania Vulcano about the club’s closure. And don’t me wrong: it’s drummy and tracky, but it’s also got a deep, musical vibe that means it’ll serve your dancefloor admirably. Go seek.

Out: This week

About:This is on breakoutaudio, a label I’ll confess to knowing precisely zero about previously. However, thanks to some special wizard-like powers, and the ability to meld minds and warp the very fabric of the space-time continuum in an endless quest for knowledge – not to mention a quick Google search – I can now tell you that they’re based in Leeds, they’re run by Darius Syrossian and a bunch of his chums and chumettes, and they once released a single called Knob Farm, which fact alone is enough to make me wish them every success. I think this is #11 out of the breakoutaudio stable; anyway, here are the obligatory website and MySpace links.

Club Rayo – Floppy Disc EP

September 13, 2010 in Singles

A deep/tech house four-tracker here from Club Rayo, who are a bunch of DJs and producers from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Which is an alpha world city, so there (I just found out while checking the spelling).

Anyway sudden misguided forays into global socio-economic rankings aside, the four tracks on offer are Secret, Almost Dress, Lonely Street and Senorita Da Noche. The first two are decent enough techy chuggers, but Senorita Da Noche and Lonely Street are floating my boat more: Senorita, the only vocal number here, does that kind of post-Berlin Prince thang while Lonely Street, well, it’s another chugger really, just with a little more texture to it.
Taking the EP as a whole, it might not set your world on fire as such but it’ll move dancefloors for sure.
Out: It just says ‘mid-September’ so round about now, I guess…
About: This comes on Greek label VIM, who can be found online at their website or MySpace. Club Rayo, meanwhile, have had a clutch of previous singles out on Low Pressings, Deep Xperience and their own Club Rayo Disquietes; find out more at their MySpace.

Various – ReWired EP Vol 1

September 12, 2010 in Singles

A fine four-track dubstep EP coming from the Studio Rockers camp, whose first compilation album Studio Rockers At The Controls featured as ‘compilation of the month’ in iDJ not so long since.

Some of you will have heard Pempi’s Fire on the last Mixcloud show – a nice dubbed-out rave-ified dancefloor bouncer. Elsewhere on the EP, Cross-Eyed by Albert recalls dubstep’s roots – two-step garage stripped down to its very barest bones – while Nu-Pho’s Calm represents its more futuristic side, blending fierce, hammering bass wobbles with ethereal-sounding Indian vox and tablas. And finally, Wha’ Gwaarn by Dodge Vyrus is the one for those that simply must have it all gnarly n’ rude n’ up in ya face, yagetmi?
All told then, an EP that showcases the various facets of dubstep in 2010 nicely, and that will be an asset to the box/wallet/virtual crate of lots of DJs as a result. Though Fire and Cross-Eyed are definitely my faves.
Out: This week.
About: You can find out more about Studio Rockers at their MySpace, or preview/buy the entire back cat at Beatport