Belocca – Wired On Love EP

May 31, 2011 in Singles

Belocca Wired On LoveRight then, rant over, silly cowbell-adding websites duly propped, and we can get back in that good house music groove again.

The ‘stupidly busy’ bit still applies though so we’ll get going with this one, cos it’s nice and easy: three tracks of quality house music courtesy of Hungary’s Belocca, who’s had stuff out on the big-hitting likes of Cr2, Nervous and Toolroom. B’Wired is an insistent jacking discofied groove that teases with the most minute of vocal snips, I Need You works more pounding kicks and some garage-y filtered organ sounds and Lemme Love U starts out as a more shuffly, percussive kinda thing before going on full-on disco house.
Any or all of ’em will rock any decent house floor, being accessible enough for mass appeal, yet not so cheesy as to alienate the more discerning heads. Nice touch.
Out: This week
About: This comes atcha on Wired, but I can’t seem to find a website for ’em so here’s Belocca’s MySpace instead. Oh no, hang on… here’s the Wired Soundcloud page as well.

More cowbell!

May 31, 2011 in Singles

Once more I find myself apologising for the lack of blog action lately… this is partly due to just generally being stupidly busy, and partly due to someone in the house music industry pissing me right off and making me think, why the hell do I bother giving up my spare time to review music for nothing, just so that people can whine about minor inaccuracies in otherwise glowing reviews?

But as we’ve got a new follower today I kinda felt it was time to get the ball rolling again. Rather than a record review, though, gonna kick off the week with something a little bit different… here’s a website that lets you add ‘more cowbell’ to any record of your choice, and – as if that wasn’t enough – more Christopher Walken, too. Both variables being controlled by a continuous slider from 0-100% for max tweakability (putting that bit in for all the studio boffins, lest anyone get the idea this was in any way a frivolous posting).

Here’s the link… enjoy!

PS If anyone ever writes about this blog, bigs it up, posts a link, whatever… you can spell my name wrong, say I’m based in Christchurch, NZ instead of Bristol, whatever… basically feel free to make mistakes, and I’ll appreciate the effort you’ve made anyway. I won’t grumble about it in public and make you look a twat… if only record labels felt the same way, eh?

PPS To those labels/artists/PRs who sometimes post ADDITIONAL information as comments here… that is very helpful and this rant is not aimed at you!

Goulet – The Spins

May 25, 2011 in Singles

Goulet The SpinsFunny how things change… I never thought I’d get sent a house record and find that my favourite mix was the “bassy tech-fidget” one. But such is the case with this.

The mix in question comes from Lee Jarvis, and it’s definitely my pick of five rubs of The Spins on offer. Although a) I wouldn’t have used the f***** word myself, I’d have just called it deep, techy house and b) Roy Davis Jr’s spaced-out, organ-led pass ain’t half bad either.

The other mixes come from JT Donaldson and Justin Reed (plus of course Goulet’s original), and you also get bonus cut Extra Long Polo thrown in, which is a kind of wiggy slap-bass and Rhodes workout over a deep house backdrop.

Anyway, with six tracks to choose from, you’re gonna find something to play, so check it. This is straight from the Chi-town underground, people, just the way we like it!

Out: Tomorrow

About: Like I said, this is from Chicago where the Revolutionary Music crew have, I’m reliably informed, been putting on loft parties for some years now. This is the 25th release on the resulting record label.

Oh yeah, and I should probably tell you Goulet is originally from San Antonio in Texas, and is one of the Revolutionary Music co-founders. Sorry, I know this review’s a bit lacklustre, but I’ve got toothache and a million things to do.

Matthias Richter – Bumping EP

May 24, 2011 in Singles

Matthias Richter Bumping EPBumping by name, bumpin’ by nature! Expect nothing from this EP but straight-up ass-shakin’ grooves for the dancefloor.

There are three tracks: Bumping itself plus Hello Everybody and the oddly-named Gooml. All three sit right on the house techno border, although Gooml is the most overtly house-ified of the three and hence my pick. But there’s not a lot to say about any of them really, except that they’ll keep butts moving for sure.

Out: This week

About: This is on Sume Music, which is an offshoot of German label Housesession. They send me a lot of stuff but a lot of it either comes in too late, or is a bit too proggy/trancey/electro-tastic. Sometimes though, as here, they come up with the goods! You can HEAR other recent Sume releases on their Soundcloud page.

Hollen – Motion/Groove Man

May 23, 2011 in Singles

Hollen MotionRight, I am so f***ing busy with proper work at the moment that it is making me want to run away and cry. That not really being an option, I’d best get on with… but I didn’t want to neglect you, my beloved TIWWD faithful entirely.

So I thought, what can I review quite quickly? And I thought, I know, this… cos there’s just the two tracks y’see. Motion is nice and easy to talk about cos it’s yer basic rolling, slightly housey techno, but GOOD rolling techno you understand, you could even call it tech-house if you were in a pushing-it kinda mood. And then Groove Man is, well, pretty much more of the same.

So yeah, two tracks of good rolling dancefloor techno. And it’s out tomorrow. Job done.

Out: Tomorrow (24 May) but only on Beatport. Other stores from 21 June.

About: Hollen has had stuff out before on Kling Klong and counts Richie Hawtin and Martin Eyere among his supporters. This comes atcha on UK label Dirty Deluxe Recordings. Here’s their website, and you can also find ’em on Soundcloud where you can currently HEAR THIS.

Various – Beatdown Sampler Vol 1

May 20, 2011 in Singles

Beatdown MusicThat’s Beatdown Music the Australian record label, you understand, not as in beatdown the slightly vague ‘genre’. So don’t pick this up looking for future soul, bruk beat, slo-mo house and deep, abstract techno. DO pick it up if you’re looking for some proper bumpin’ house to rock your dancefloor, with the cheeky biting of very familar vocal samples something of a theme…

First up, What’s His Name? comes from Marc Spence & Dr Love, and works snippets of the eponymous First Choice classic over insistent, bouncing beats. Tom Shorterz’ Cafe Of Lost Love then places another very familiar vocal sample (Primal Scream fans will recognise it for sure) over some rolling disco-house vibes in that late 90s kinda vein.

Next we have label boss Sonny Fodera, whose Contact is an upbeat slab of dancefloor deep in a Salted kinda vein, with a heavy dose of jazz (musically and vocally) and a little bit of Fatboy thrown in for good measure. And then finally, you get Don’t Stop by James Shoji, which is in a similarly driving dancefloor vein, with echoes of UKG in its skippy, chopped-up feel and, unbelievably, chunks of Smokey Robinson’s Being With You, along with one or two other naggingly famliar little soundbites…

The latter takes some serious cojones, and it’s between that and the Sonny Fodera track as to which is my fave, but this is a very, very strong EP all round if it’s dancefloor frolics you’re after.

Out: This week

About: Beatdown Music is Sonny Fodera’s own label and just six releases young. The likes of Mark Farina, Gramphonedzie and Jorge Watts have already made appearances, though, so the future’s looking decidedly bright! You can find out more here.

Which is a good time to tell you as well, I guess, that Sonny is also featured in this month’s iDJ, along with Yakine, Pretty Criminals, Youandewan, Tempered DJs, Groovik and a bunch of other names that should be familiar to TIWWD readers, in a ‘Rising Stars of Deep & Tech House’ feature penned by yours truly. It’s in UK stores right now.

Karol XVII & MB Valence – Seamless Masterclass

May 19, 2011 in Albums

Karol XVII MB Valence Seamless MasterclassThe first in a new series of mix CDs from Seamless, with the aim of showcasing “up and coming producers who are on top of their game”. So a two-disc set from this Polish duo is a fine way to kick things off (even if some of us HAVE been propping them for a good couple of years now).

Wisely, Seamless haven’t insisted on a label-specific comp either, instead allowing Karol and Marek (as they’re known to their mums) to do their jobs as selectors unhindered. And it’s a job they perform impeccably. One look at the names involved either as artists or remixers – Till Von Sein, Evren Ulusoy, Aki Bergen, Sebastian Davidson, Manuel Tur, Submantra, Greg Stainer, Soul Minority – will tell you that this is a very fair summation of the current state of play in underground deep house circles, albeit with a definite slant towards European rather than US artists.

CD1 draws heavily on K&M’s own Loco label and is the techier of the two, CD1 is a little bit more straight-up housey… but both will rocking your stereo for some time to come, if you know what’s good for you.

Out: This week

About: Seamless have traditionally walked a fine line, turning out a mixture of deep, underground house and more commercial tackle. It seems to me that lately they’ve been concentrating more on the good stuff, but maybe that’s just what they sent me! Tell you what, go have a look at their website and decide for yourself…

Jim Choi & Daso – Teer

May 18, 2011 in Singles

Jim Choi Daso TeerFairly archetypical Systematic bizniss here, so I guess what you think of it will depend on what you think of Marc Romboy’s label generallly. But if the label’s particular brand of techy house-come-housey techno is usually up your street, then this will be, too.

Teer is presented in three mixes: Edit, Quenum Remix and Rodriguez Jr Remix. The Edit bounces along in a not-making-a-show-of-it kinda fashion, and is topped off by an intriguing, if slightly incongrous-sounding ba-da-ba male vocal. Quenum’s rub is more overtly techno-flavoured, with an almost cavernous amount of space to the production and a more industrial kinda sound palette, while Rodriguez Jr goes for stuttery, bumpin’ riddims that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Derrick Carter set, and some luvverly Rhodes (er, I think) stabs.

But I’m over-complicating matters. Basically if you’re a Systematic fan (which I am, by the way), you’ll dig this… mos def and end of.

Out: This week

About: What bit of this being on Marc Romboy’s Systematic Recordings imprint had you failed to glean from the above? And so to their website and Soundcloud page.

Fine Squad & Gaffy – Step 2

May 18, 2011 in Singles

Fine Squad Gaffy Step 2Despite the EP title, this is actually a split release, with Step 2 by Fine Squad on one side, and Gaffy’s Last Call plus a Yakine & Yaroslave Remix of Step 2 on the other.

Fine Squad’s Step 2, then, is an insistent, driving houser that’s possibly a little too upbeat to really call ‘deep house’ but, y’know, is. Think Sueno Latino meets jazz meets a big bag of party Smarties on a dancefloor and you’re somewhere in the ballpark. The Yakine & Yaroslav Remix is a more reserved take that’s as suited to sofa-surfing as it is to rump-shaking; it loses the scat vox and adds some dark and twisted low-end techno drama towards the end.

And then finally Last Call is all thumping, near-tribal riddims, but topped off with some breathless boy-gal love talk, before it explodes into an Afro-disco freakout. There’s a lot to take in, all in the one track, but it’ll do the damage for sure, and you can see why the likes of Loco Dice have been propping this rising French producer for sure.

Out: This week

About: This comes atcha on Gaffy’s own label, 9am Recordings. Find ’em on MySpace

Boom Merchant – Gorilla EP

May 16, 2011 in Singles

Boom Merchant Gorilla EPYesterday, my girlfriend asked me what ‘progressive house’ meant (bless her, she’s new). I said it was a style that emerged in the UK and Europe around 1991/92, and it was called ‘progressive’ because it was quite different from anything that had gone before it at the time… but that the term had become quite ironic, given that ‘prog’ as a sub-genre has probably changed less than any other over the past 15 years or so!

That’s not meant as a diss, necessarily: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, eh? Progressive house still has its millions of followers worldwide and at the end of the day, GOOD prog is just good house music, innit?

And so to the Gorilla EP from Boom Merchant, which is indeed good prog. Gorilla itself is a deep, warm-up affair, but with balls; Elephant’s Graveyard is a dark stomper in a Tenaglia kinda vein and Empty is a big dark roller with plenty of drama. Gorilla is the one for me but progressive house lovers (and there are millions of ‘em) should be happy with all three.

Out: This week

About: This is on a label who don’t crop up on here very often, Process Recordings. The label’s run by Herman Verkade who’s a thoroughly decent sorta chap, and you can find out more about ‘em here.

Boom Merchant, meanwhile, is called Kyle Thompson in real life, and you can find out more about HIM by visiting his own website.