Other February releases

February 28, 2011 in Singles

Well, it’s not been a bad month at all, in terms of getting stuff blogged, but as ever there’ve been plenty of other releases that could’ve gone on here if I’d had time. So here’s a quick list/run-down/round-up type thingummy… sorry there’s not pictures but I’d be here all night!

Andrew Philips

Drop That (Red Seven Recordings)

The debut release from this new imprint out of Germany’s Housesession stable. And the first of several records in this round-up with a VERY familar, smile-inducing sampler, which may or may not have something to do with ghettoblasters…

Damir Pushkar & B.Original

Beat It Up (Pin Up Records)

A genre-defying dancefloor cut with influences from progressive house, techno and disco alike.

David Kassi

Get Down EP (Deep Class)

Fer Ferrari’s Barcelona-based Deep Class is without a doubt one of the best deep house labels around; this is merely the latest in a long line of reasons why…

DJ EQ

Invitation Only (Nocturnal Recordings)

More of DJ EQ’s trademark filter disco revivalism, this time on Steve Mac and friends’ Nocturnal imprint.

DJ Spen pres Le Royal

Promise (Code Red)

Trad-style soulful house goodness from the former Basement Boy on his own Code Red, complete with a Ralf Gum remix.

Dual T

Nu Spinner EP (Smiley Fingers)

Four tracks of the highest quality deep, techy house, with just a touch of jazz… and a very familar sample on Somebody (go on, have a guess!)


Eelke Kleijin & Sebastian Davidson

Army Of Two (Nightbird Records)

Two deep, throbbing and ever-so-slightly proggy housers from M. Davidson’s excellent Nightbird.

Enzo Siffredi

One Finger EP (Erase)

More from the ever-prolific Erase regular. He does his trademark gypsy-jaunty thing, but on Italo-Blues he goes for a more weirded-out tech-house vibe that’s sounding fresher to me.


Gliesers

Kuiper’s Belt (Fullbarr)

Ultra-deep techno from this astoundingly good Bradford-based label.

Heartik

Grenadilla Mini Swing (Kling Klong)

Italy’s fastest-rising tech-house star returns to Kling Klong. Remixes come from Uto Karem and Kaiserdisco.

Ivel Tax

Funky Church EP (All Inn Black)

Have I mentioned recently what a fantastic deep house label All Inn Black is? No? I have now…


Jerico

I Know You Want Me (Tall House)

Back to the 90s-style vocal house that’s surprisingly non-cheesy – me like.

Kinky Yak

Journey EP (Tokyo Red)

No let-up in quality from DJ Sydney’s ever-excellent Tokyo Red here. Not sure quite what kinky yaks get up to, mind you… and I’m not sure I WANT to know, either.

Lutzenkirchen

Don’t Fear To Rock (1605 Music Therapy)

Pounding acid techno, basically, but done in a way that isn’t horrible – a rare feat in my eyes (ears?), so excellent work!

Muovo

Fast Eddi EP (Weplayminimal)

The 41st release from the German label with the self-explanatory name.

Selim Gaston

Tunisia (Endemic Digital)

The ever-prolific Endemic on a more minimal/deep techno kinda tip here.

Stefan K

First Step EP (Endemic Digital)

Deep and a bit proggy, but kinda soulful as well…

Tovar

Fire EP (Pin Up Recordings)

Fire and Inferno are both in a chunky and slightly electro-y main room kinda vein with some very familar vocal samples… a bit more commercial than most stuff TIWWD covers, but not horrible. But it’s the slightly deeper Strange that’s most worthy of your attention, I’d humbly suggest.

Vanessa Daou

Heart Of Wax (Kid Recordings)

The incredible Ms Daou returns with this sensual downtempo cut taken from the 2008 album Joe Sent Me. Housed up just a little bit by Alphamotive, the single also trails the forthcoming Moonshine Mixes remix album.

Various

Five To The Floor (Elevation Recordings)

No let-up in quality from Ireland’s Elevation stable, with Soul Minority, Harold Heath and label boss Darren Nugent among the artists featured on this five-tracker.

Various

Saved 2011 Sampler Pt 2 (Saved Records)

Jordan Peak, Benny Rodrigues and more feature on this second V/A sampler from Fanciulli’s Saved imprint.

Wally Stryk

Fleur De Sel EP (OKO Records)

More quality deep house from OKO, with a more minimal remix from Betoko.

World Of Colour

Who Cares (Metrogroove)

Atlantic Ocean’s Waterfall revisited for 2011, anyone? Oh sod it, go on then…

Some albums, quickly…

February 27, 2011 in Albums

It’s been a while since we did one of these! But here are some decent albums I’ve received lately that didn’t make it into the pages of iDJ, at least not reviewed by me…

John Morales
The M+M Mixes Vol 2
(BBE)
The second collection of John Morales’ legendary dancefloor mixes from back in the original disco era, many of them never before released officially (having at the time just been handed out to DJs on then-new-fangled promotional 12″s). As with Vol 1, there are quite a few well-known tracks and some of the rubs aren’t HUGELY different from the mixes you already own… but this is an essential purchase for disco ‘spotters all the same. And I now know that (part of) the vocal from one of my all-time favourite house records, What Cha Gonna Do? by Vil-N-X from 1992, actually comes from the Fantastic Aleems’ Get Down Friday Night. Which I didn’t, this morning. Every day’s a school day. Oh yeah, and Morales’ take on Now Is Tomorrow by Brass Construction – a record I’ve played out countless times – is replacing the original for me from now on!
Out: Tomorrow! It’s almost like I planned it, isn’t it?

Joey Negro presents…

The Soul Of Disco Vol 3

(Z Records)
The man like Dave Lee, whatever you might think of some of his more commercial dance offerings, is generally regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on soul, disco, funk and boogie music. So when he puts together a disco collection, you’d be seriously well advised to listen. This latest in the Soul Of Disco series – the emphasis being on proper, heartfelt songs from the original disco era y’see – is no exception. Which is why it’s getting a review at this late stage in the game
Out: For a while now, sorry, but it’s taken me this long to get hold of a full-length copy. I don’t review samplers…

Various
Great Carnival Stuff Vol 2
(Great Stuff)
For a while now, I’ve been struck by the fairground-like nature of a lot of the jauntier, bouncier tech-house coming out of Germany and eastern Europe (I seem to recall describing Andhim’s Wirsing as sounding like Oompah-Loompahs on pills). I’m clearly not alone in noticing this, as this second carnival-themed compilation from Great Stuff shows. It’s full of, er, jaunty, bouncy tech-house, much of it from Germany and Eastern Europe. With artists including many TIWWD regulars/favourites like Heartik, Rainer Weichhold, Namito and Lützenkirchen, it’s a bit of a no-brainer, really. Step right up, a prize every time!
Out: Tomorrow (28 Feb)

Sishi Roesch
Galactic Ghetto Games

(Endemic Digital)
Sticking with the tech house vibes, here comes Sishi Roesch, who’s delivering a full-length already despite being a relative newcomer to the scene. With Galactic Ghetto Games, though, he more than delivers the goods, and if deep, techy house with a forward-thinking, experimental edge but also the occasional nod to the vintage sounds of Chicago and Detroit sounds like your kinda thang, then I suggest you get on this young Guatemalan-born German/Italian Barcelona resident (!) now. Be the first kid in your street, astound your parents, amaze your friends, etc…
Out: 7 March

Various
The Riot! 2
(1605 Music Therapy)

I’m not really a techno person, admittedly… but I’m a lot more of a techno person than I used to be. And when I’ve got my techno head on (you should see it, it’s got flashing lights and circuit-bent PCBs and all sorts), then Umek’s 1605 Music Therapy is possibly my favourite techno label, cos they really do understand about qualities like funk and groove. With a whopping 40 cuts, mostly from new artists and covering various styles from bleepy to funky to acid and even to disco-fied (and thankfully very little in the way of the nosebleed/
jackhammer/screeching), this second V/A collection proves it.

Out: 7 March

Various (mixed by MRK1)
Future Dubstep 04
(Big In Ibiza)
Coming as it does from a label out of the Media stable (home also to Nukleuz) you might expect this to be some horrible cash-in effort full of kiddy-friendly bollocks… but it’s not, mostly. There are a few dodgy AutoTune’d trance lite vocals, sure, but not too many. And yes, you’re looking at the ‘big stoopid gnarly bass noise’ end of dubstep rather than anything more cerebral, experimental or, indeed, dubby. But with Manchester’s leading grime/dubstep bod MRK1 at the controls, the cheese-ometer never swings into the red for too long, and it definitely has its moments (though I can’t tell you what they are, cos the promo isn’t track-marked). If you can swallow the cheese slices, there are some proper dark rave nuggets to be discovered here, all from relative newcomers. So we’re NOT at home to Mr Snobby today, okay?
Out: 1 March, I believe (they’ve not told me, but that’s when a couple of download stores are saying they’ve got it available).
There you go: disco, deep/tech house, techno and dubstep: that lot should keep you going for a bit…

Larsen & Luca Marano

February 27, 2011 in Singles

Zoo TechniqueMust admit I’ve not come across this Sicilian duo before, but apparently they’ve had stuff out on Bini & Martin’s Ocean Trax, and on Andre Crom’s Off.

On this EP you get two mixes of Boom Rush The Snow itself, two of Black Royal and one of Days Of Glory. Obviously across three tracks and six mixes you’re going to get a degree of variety, but overall the vibe is party-time house that’s upbeat, funky and a little bit discofied in places without being cheesy, and that’s also got quite a soulful feel thanks the ubiquitous male vox. Oh yeah, and the aforesaid remixes come from Brazil’s Paulo Boghosian & Andre Torquato, and Italy’s DJ Kool Dek, just in case you were wondering, with B&T’s deeper rub of Black Royal my pick of the EP.

If you’re fiending for some of that 90s uplifting flava, this should do it.
Out: This week
About: This is on a label I’ve not (knowingly) come across before either, Zoo Technique. They would appear, however, to be on their 31st release, which shows how little I know. Anyway, they’re based in Barcelona and you can find ’em on MySpace, Soundcloud and Facebook.

Fake Chicken & Cheap Soap – Jack Back

February 27, 2011 in Singles

Greenhorn RecordsBack on a tech house tip now, with a driving, upbeat offering from one of the most oddly-named artists I’ve ever come across (although Australia’s legendary, and possibly entirely fictitious, Oh My God It’s There Don’t Go In Ronnie You’ll Be Killed have yet to be beaten in that respect)

Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, driving, upbeat and bordering on out-and-out techno, but still with plenty of funk and groove, Jack Back (not Just Just as for some reason I said before) in its Original form is an acid-squelched dancefloor romp par excellence. Alexkid supplies an Acid Dub that basically IS techno but is also quite a bit deeper, and well worth checking. I’m less keen on the Alexi Delano rub, which does that ‘unnecessary stuttering’ thing to the beats that’s so prevalent in techno but still, two out of three, etc…

So yeah, essentially this is a techno record. But it’s a rather good techno record, so don’t let that put you off. Acieed!

Out: This week
About: This is on Namito’s label Greenhorn Records, part of the Great Stuff/Kling Klong family. Greenhorn themselves describe it as “the classic sounds of acid house, complemented by a contemporary techno vibe,” which kind of works. You can find Greenhorn Records on Facebook. And Fake Chicken & Cheap Soap as well, come to that.

TIWWD interview at Lost In Musik!

February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but recently when reviewing a Mr Robot track I told you about his rather spiffing blog, Lost In Musik. Well, they asked me to do an interview about ‘life as a music journalist’, so if anyone’s interested, you can read it here.

Not very good at this bigging up yourself lark but it’d be churlish not to try and drive some traffic their way! You can always skip over my babblings once you get there and look at all the other good stuff they’ve got on there, from record reviews to artist interview and loads of streamed video n’ stuff.

Greg Stainer – Nivram

February 27, 2011 in Singles

Greg Stainer NivramSeamless regular Greg returns with this relatively uptempo deep houser that’s got definite hints of that Berlin/eastern Europe jauntiness about it. Its slightly skippy feel and looped n’ chopped (male) vocal also nod towards the more experimental end of UK garage circa 2000 – and yes, there was one.

David Herrero’s remix loses the skippy feel, goes for a slightly more carnival vibe and adds some tootling sax, while Treitl Hammond & Justus go for the deep/tech jugular and add some almost proggy chord stabs. A nice varied package mix-wise then, but neither beats the original for me.
Out: Oh… not until 14 March, now I come to look at the hype sheet again, so why I’d stuck it in the ‘W/c 21 Feb’ folder I don’t know. Still, no harm in being upfront for once!
About: You know Seamless by now, surely? And you know Greg Stainer’s a regular on the label, you know David Herrero’s Spanish, so I’ll just tell you that Hammond & Justus, new names to me, have apparently had stuff out on Neurotic Groove and Ultra. And give you a Seamless link as well.

Adham & Hisham Zahran – Purple Sunday EP

February 27, 2011 in Singles

Seeing as it’s Sunday morning, and seeing as I label things purple once they been blogged, now seems like the perfect time to tell you about this one… especially as it’s an EP of the kind of deep, soul-soothing house that’s tailor-made for Sunday listening as well.

The brothers Zahran hail from Egypt and have had stuff out before on Rezonant and Union Jack, but this is their first outing on Acryl. And what a debut it is too. Purple Sunday itself is a mellow, laidback groove in archetypal Acryl Music style, but then gets dancefloor’d up by Dana Berquist on a remix that’s got just a hint of nu-disco around the edges, but also a hint of prog. Triplets is a jauntier affair but still pretty mellow n’ groovy, with some beautiful jazz-ish keys, and then finally a Disclosure 4×4 Remix of the latter brings the package to a close with slightly tuffer beats that turn it into as dreamy and drifty an eyes-wide-shut dancefloor groove as you’re likely to hear all year.
All told, there’s nothing on this EP that breaks any new ground, particularly – but it’s done so well that it’s got the potential to become a warm-up/comedown classic. There’s nothing ‘soulful house’ about it, but it just oozes soul from every pore. Go seek.
Out: This week
About: This is yet more proof that Acryl Music is one of THE most under-rated, under-sung labels in deep house music. So if you’ve not caught onto this astoundingly good Swiss imprint yet, find out what you’re missing by hitting up their website.
Oh, and there are some further remixes of Triplets on their way as well – watch this space.

Ajello feat Hard Ton – Chocolate Black Leather

February 26, 2011 in Singles

Hard TonWell, it’s been a long day downloading music pretty much non-stop since breakfast… but I promised I’d say something this weekend about this Italo/nu-disco outing, so here we are!

The fact that this features Hard Ton – a rather large man posing in a leotard in a pastiche of that famous Grace Jones pic – should give you an idea what to expect… this is camp as old boots. But if you can handle that, it’s pretty good. It’s presented in two mixes: the Original borders on hi-NRG, but the mix I’m preferring is from Brennan Green, which is a little less reminiscent of bad old Hazell Dean records and is instead quite a slo-mo kind of affair.

I’m tired, so that is all.

Ajello Chocolate Black Leather

Out: Erm, sort of now-ish, I think. My ‘connection’ didn’t say, we got bogged down in discussing The Horrors instead. Like you do.

About: This is on an Italian disco label that goes by the fantastic name of Danny Was A Drag King… and here’s their MySpace. Oh yeah, and you can HEAR THIS (and check out some other Ajello bits) on Soundcloud.

Giovanni Damico – Can Be Other

February 25, 2011 in Singles

Giovanni Damico Can Be OtherThe first release from another brand new label, Home Audio, which is run by Chicago’s Angel Alanis. The label’s said to be set to straddle the house/techno divide, much like Angel Alanis himself.

This first release comes with five mixes: the Original plus re-rubs from Giom, Jose M & TacoMan, Sleazy McQueen and Mr Clean. The Original is a midtempo curio that sort of shuffles/chugs along and gets a bit abstract at times, a bit jazzy at others but I guess comes loosely under a tech-house umbrella. Giom and Mr Clean take us into deep house pastures, Jose M & TacoMan go a tad more upbeat n’ funky, but best of all for my money is the Sleazy McQueen Mix, a slab of low-slung sleazoid nu-disco funk.

Out: Monday (28 Feb)

About: Well, I just explained about the label, did I not? Don’t seem to have a link handy for you at the mo’ but I’m sure my boy Ian Straker might oblige in the comments box below if we ask nicely. Ian?

Blackjack feat Frances Mary – On Fire

February 25, 2011 in Singles

Blackjack On FireWhile we seem to be on something of a soulful tip, I guess now’s a good time to tell you about this one, which is FAR more soulfully-inclined number than you might expect to find on TIWWD as it’s become. But a) there’s a local (ie, Bristol) connection and b) it is actually rather nice!

The Original Vocal Mix is straight-up early 90s-style street soul, the kind of thing that will appeal to fans of Driza Bone, D*Note, Des’ree, D*Influence and, er, other people like that beginning with D. Then mix-wise, it goes all over the place, but always with the soul intact: there’s Blackjack’s Broken Vox Mix for the bruk beat crew, there’s the COF Mix for those into the jazzier end of the ‘soulful house’ scene as it stands right now (think Nathan Haines, Reel People, etc), and then there’s Flex’s Old School Mix, which is another reason it’s featuring here – with its thumping 4/4 beats and synth string stabs, this comes on like the Musto & Bones, Eric Kupper or Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley mixes you used to find lurking on the B-sides of ORIGINAL 90s street soul 12s. If you ever shopped at Expansions Records in Manchester (which you probably didn’t, admittedly), you’ll know the kind of thing.

I’m not sure I’d play this now… but I would’ve back in the day, for sure. So in a nostalgic mood, I might, actually.

Out: This week

About: Blackjack is part of the Circle Of Funk collective (COF, y’see?), along with Lee Robinson, Paul Stephenson and Andy Caulfield, all of whom who can boast impressive CVs in the UK dance industry from hip-hop to house to UKG. And some of whom are from Bristol, as I said. Between them they also run the label this is on, Slapped Up Soul, who can be found on MySpace. Show some love, eh?