Giorgio Moroder Vs Martin Brodin – The Chase 2011

January 31, 2011 in Singles

Okay, so you all know what The Chase sounds like. You also ought to know by now the kind of nu-disco groove Martin ‘Deeplay’ Brodin has been working of late.

Well, then, imagine a discofied refix of The Chase for house and nu-disco floors, and you’re not going to be far off, are you? No. You’re not. The B-side is home to a slightly more spaced-out Dub, as is only fitting.

Out: Last week, sorry. I didn’t put it in the round-up thingy cos, stylistically, it didn’t quite fit. So here it is now.

About: I should point out that this is not some ‘cheeky bootie’ but rather a proper, officially Moroder-sanctioned remake, and it’s on Brodin’s own label MB Disco, who can be found on MySpace and Soundcloud. Hit up the latter for a free one-hour label mix, which is always nice. In fact sod it, here it is (the label mix, I mean):

Andhim – Like A Wirsing

January 31, 2011 in Singles

Andhim Like A WirsingI’m struggling to tell you much about this one… I like it, in fact I like it a lot, but how you’d describe it, I’m not quite sure.

But if I were to try… well okay, it’s essentially a tech-house cut, only not as moody and serious as that implies. You know all that ker-razy Balkan gypsy jazz-inflected shizzle that’s been doing the rounds? Well, this is nothing like that, but it does have a similar kind of jauntiness about it. If the Oompah-Loompahs from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory went to the fairground, in Berlin, fired up on Red Bull and Class A’s… well, that’s the closest I can get, really.

Hang on, that’s getting a bit too surreal. So let’s settle for a jaunty, rollicking, lolloping tech-houser with tons of energy and a big silly grin on its face, shall we? Or, I could compare it to the work of Enzo Siffredi, or Pleasurekraft, to which it’s not entirely dissimilar.

However you describe it, though, I defy you not to bounce around the room when you hear it. There’s a not-that-remixed remix from Hanne & Lore as well, while bonus cut Extragold ploughs a similar furrow, so the above comments apply all round, really.

Oh yeah, and ‘Wirsing’ turns out to be German for Savoy cabbage, in case you were wondering. Though I wouldn’t say this sounds much like one, particularly.

Out: This week

About: This is on techno gal Monika Kruse’s Terminal M, and the hype sheet describes it as ‘Terminal M go house’. Does that help? And Andhim have apparently had stuff out on Great Stuff, Kling Klong and Wasabi, all labels which have cropped up on here numerous times. Anyway, for now here’s the Terminal M website to look at.

Various/Sare Havlicek – Nu Disco Apres Ski

January 30, 2011 in Albums

Sare Havlicek Nu Disco Apres SkiThis is probably my most-played album of the past couple of months, so for that reason I’m not gonna bang on too much, except to say that

a) it’s mixed by Sare Havlicek, who’s rapidly acquiring ‘Don’ status in nu-disco circles
b) it’s got cuts from various nu-disco faves like The Love Supreme, D-Pulse and Kotey Extra Band, plus a host of more up-and-coming names. Hell, even the mighty Blaze make an appearance.
and
c) it’s completely freaking ACE and you should stop what you’re doing, log onto a download store of your choice and buy it, immediately.
Out: This came out last week, but I got distracted, sorry!
About: This is the latest in the Music For Cocktails series – the 14th according to the press release, although how that squares up with the catalogue number (MFC008) I’m not entirely sure.

Da Funk – Zurich, Switzerland

January 30, 2011 in Albums

Apparently this is the fifth DJ mix comp in a series called Dutchie Worldwide, but I must confess it’s the first I’ve seen, or heard. No matter though, cos I can think of few better places to start than with a set by Acryl Music boss Daniel ‘Da Funk’ Kneubühler, who here presents a 13-track journey through various shades of deep house.

With cuts from Harold Heath, Jay Tripwire and Joeski, plus Acryl faves like Stan Kolev, Timo Camillo and of course Da Funk himself, it’s the proverbial ‘thing that requires no brain’, really. Here’s a Beatport player (if it works, never posted one of these before):
Go to Beatport.com Get These Tracks Add This Player

and here’s a link to the Da Funk website just in case the player doesn’t show up in your browser for some reason.

Out: Now
About: This is on a Florida-based label called Dutchie Music – here’s their MySpace and here they are on Discogs (no mention of Dutchie Worldwide 1-4, you’ll notice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same label given the artists involved)

Overwhelmed! A round-up

January 29, 2011 in Singles

Okay, this isn’t ideal by any means, but there’s just SO much good house music coming out right now… and this weekend as well as babbling gibberish on here, I’ve got another 160+ downloads sat in my inbox waiting, plus some actual proper work to do… something’s got to give!
So suffice to say, all these are well worthy of your attention, all of them are out this week, and all of them are in a deep and/or tech house kinda vein…beyond that you’ll just have to click the links and do some digging!
David Alvadaro & Luca Baccheti – The Remix EP on Ovum
Andrea Loche – Lu Suerte on Erase Records
Harry Knuckles – High Life on Jump Records
(can’t find a link, any ideas anyone?)

Hermanez – Plastic Confidence on Kling Klong
Maurice Aynard – Dimensiones Impossibles on Galaktika Records
and
Premiesku – Hooman EP on All Inn Records
Apologies to the labels/artists concerned, because all of these really deserve a write-up on their own. I would if I had time but I’ve not, sadly, so I figured, better to prop six great records quickly, than go into one or two in depth and let the rest go ignored…
PS Just by chance I noticed this is the 650th review posted on TIWWD, which makes me feel a little bit less lazy…

Murad L AKA The Craftsmen – Shifting Frequencies EP

January 29, 2011 in Singles

Murad L Shifting FrequenciesOnly the sixth release from SOWAT Music, which has recently relocated from LA to Istanbul in Turkey. As you do.

 
The original of Shifting Frequencies is a deep tech-house number with just a hint of (nu) disco in the synth sounds, and really rather groovy. Remix-wise there are two from Asad Rizvi, and one from Predator. Rizvi’s Deep And Spacey Remix is fairly self-explanatory, while his Silverlining Club Mix adds a nice (and slightly wonky) bump to proceedings. Predator’s rub comes on like early progressive house from before it started to get boring (ie about 1992/3 – this wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Guerrilla or Cowboy).
 
You also get two mixes of Good Times. The original is an upbeat and driving deep house cut with spoken vocal snips, while Candy Dealers (AKA Jay West and So Sound fave Christian Malloni) chunk it up considerably in an East Midlands kinda stylee, and throw in an extended yelp that recalls Spank Spank’s classic Freak It, which of course was on Guerrilla.
 
If forced to pick a fave, I think it’s between the Dealers’ rub of Good Times or Rizvi’s of Shifting Frequencies for me, but this is a very strong EP all round. Constantinople fruits: made to make your mouth water!*
 
Out: This week
 
About: SOWAT, says the hype sheet, “is filled with ambition, looking to merge its desire to release from an eclectic, high quality pool of house music producers, with an interest in visual arts and social activism”. Here’s their website, although they’re apparently “away chasing flying pigs” so here’s their MySpace as well.
 
* For the benefit of Americans, young people etc: Starburst used to be called Opal Fruits in the UK, and marketed under the slogan ‘made to make your mouth water’. And Istanbul used to be called Constantinople. See what I did now?
 

Affani – Back To The Old School

January 28, 2011 in Singles

A two-track EP here from Affani, who I THOUGHT was a new name to me, although he’s apparently had stuff out previously on the likes of Twisted Frequency (which means I must have heard some of it) and Catch 22.

Nocturnal Recordings is known for its filtered goodtime disco-house vibes from the likes of Sean Biddle, and so it is here, but Affani, on this EP at least, takes a slightly tuffer, more jacking approach. The title track features a cut-up, looping disco riff, while Don’t Stop is a simple rolling-type affair; both should easily find favour with fans of Sneak, Carter et al, although both are more set-building tools than peaktime standouts in their own right. To these ears, anyway… but make your own mind up, obviously!

Out: This week

About: Nocturnal Recordings is run by Steve Mac and chums, and you can find out more from the label’s MySpace.

Morning Factory – Echo’s Of Jazz EP

January 26, 2011 in Singles

A three-track EP of deep, chuggy instrumental house, with distinct echoes of jazz… as the poorly-spelled title implies. That’s ‘echoes’, boys, not ‘echo’s’…

0/10 for spelling, then, but I’d say about 8/10 for the record.

And they are German, or Polish, or something, so we’ll let them off.

Out: This week

About: This is from fledgling label Pets Recordings, run by Catz N’ Dogz and not to be confused with Slok’s label Electronic Petz. They don’t seem to have a website but you can find Catz N’ Dogz on Soundcloud.

DJ Whisky – Boni Mores

January 25, 2011 in Singles

DJ Whisky Boni MoresThis is the latest from Brett Jackson’s WOT! Recordings label. The WOT! premise is simple: Jackson picks the finest production talent from his native South Africa, and helps them get a leg up onto the international stage by hooking them up with more established names.

So it is here, as Mandla Sibiya, AKA DJ Whisky, gets remixed by Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson. Included are no fewer than three Atjazz mixes of Boni Mores, plus the original. You also get original and Mphoza remixes of bonus cut Believe In It.
When we did a feature on South African house in iDJ last year we pointed out that, while South Africa has definitely ’emerged’ onto the global house scene in a big way, there are two quite separate things going on. There are those artists whose take on house is hugely influenced, defined even, by their South African-ness; then there are those whose style is less region-specific. Boni Mores is more from the latter school of thought: there’s a slightly tribal-istic feel to the drums maybe, particularly on the original, but on the whole you could hear this and it could come from anywhere.
But that’s a good thing, if you’re me. See, complicated hand percussion and breathless chants don’t do a lot for me; quality deep house music does. And that’s just what you’ll find here.
Out: Yesterday (January 24)
About: You can find out more about WOT! Recordings at their MySpace page, or there’s a little write-up on them at an excellent little website I just found this minute, DeepHouseLabels.com. Oh, and also check out label boss Brett Jackson’s podcasts, why dontcha?

D’Zeta & Basile – Domino Effect EP

January 24, 2011 in Singles

Let’s start the week with an easy one… easy in the sense that this is a bit of a no-brainer for all you deep house lovers. Not only does it come from one of the most reliable production teams currently working in the genre, there’s a remix from Karol XVII & MB Valence, another duo who are seemingly incapable of putting a foot wrong.

Domino Effect doesn’t, admittedly, do anything hugely innovative, but it’s a pleasing midtempo dancefloor chugger, with a nice raw sound to the main, minor key piano hook. B-Side Before The Mess is even better, a somewhat more sedate, late-night affair and deep as ya like, before Karol & MB take it back to the dancefloor with more upbeat percussion and an overall looser, swung feel.

Like I said, a no-brainer for deep house buyers.

Out: This week

About: D’Zeta & Basile answer to the names of Davide and Claudio, once they get home and take off their deep house superhero costumes. Previous releases have come on labels like 1Trax and Seamless, but this is on Loco Records, which is in fact Karol XVII and MB Valence’s own label, based in Warsaw. Here’s the Loco website and MySpace.