Noon – Turn Me On

August 31, 2011 in Singles

Right, I know very little about the artist or the label here, so this’ll be a quick one!

The original of Turn Me On starts out with somewhat Sneak-ish house/disco beats, and will roll its way into the mix quietly and keep the floor moving until the slightly tripped-out spoken female vocal comes in and slays ’em! Remix-wise, Dexel & LeManuel’s remix moves us from deep into more tech house territory, Hakan Ludvigson’s adds some drama in the mid-section but doesn’t do a huge amount different, and Oliver A’s has a Latin techno kinda vibe.
It’s the original or Dexel & LeManuel for me but yeah, this is worth a dip for that freaky Eartha Kitt-ish vocal alone.
Out: This week. Today, in fact.
About: This can be found on SFX Recordings… who I now know, by the process of Googling their name and finding that link, are some six releases old and the new house/minimal techno project of a reformed trance dude.

Soul Sway – Don’t Step Down EP

August 30, 2011 in Singles

Okay, so who’s up for a spot of top-quality, uber-deep house with a slightly techy edge but with plenty of soul and funk in its veins as well? Thought so. Then allow me to introduce this three-track EP from Soul Sway.

Er, except I’ve pretty much already said what I wanted to say about it! But I guess I can still tell you that Think is the most upbeat and ‘dancefloor’ of the three cuts on offer and comes with a little beatnik swagger all of its own, while Don’t Step Down is the most soulfully-inclined – you could see it working in a future garage kinda set – and Round Two is most sparsely beautiful and late-night-sounding.

Or, I could just tell you this is an EXCELLENT record and you should buy it immediately. In fact yeah, I think I’ll do that.
Out: This week
About: This comes to you courtesy of brand new London deep house label Savoir Faire Musique, which is run by my man Scott Harrington (also of City Soul Project). They can also be found on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Soul Sway, meanwhile, comes from California and is now based in Washington DC, but that’s as much as I know.

Persica – 7am At Elrow

August 30, 2011 in Singles

Persica 7am at ElrowWell… here we are again then, back after a rather splendiferous long weekend at Shambala festival, and back in the blogging groove. Let’s kick the week’s proceedings off with this one, which just landed today.

A tribute to one of those nightclub-discotheque-dancehall things located in sunny Barcelona, the Original Mix of this starts with some shuffling percussion and the most fleeting (but insistent) of organ stabs, before the identifying “can you feel it?” shout brings in the kick. It then wanders into proper dark small-hours territory – if you’re old like me you could imagine Junior playing this at the Tunnel – though a jolly little piano riff is also on hand to bring light to the darkness.
You also get two remixes from Darius Syrossian, but TBH neither particularly flips the script or anything. But no matter, that just means you end up with three solid mixes for more serious/underground floors.
Out: This week
About: This comes atcha on Mile End Records, always a reliable bet for tuff, techy house, who I’ve only just realised are based in Canada. Every day’s a school day, eh?

Shambala festival – BRB

August 24, 2011 in Singles

Just to let you know… for the next few days, TIWWD is going to be at the Shambala festival. So hold tight and I’ll see you next week!

Pharao Black Magic – Heliopolis EP

August 23, 2011 in Singles

And the big, big monster tunes keep on coming! This is turning out to be a great week. This particular big, big monster tune comes courtesy of the Basel, Switzerland-based twosome of Nicholas Probst and Konrad Sigl. As Pharao Black Magic they’ve been Nang remix regulars for some time but here they show what they can do under their own steam, and boy is it good.

Although it’s billed as an EP, what you actually get are three remixes of the one track, Eye Of Horus. Take your pick from the slo-mo, lo-slung disco of Coyote, the Italo/cosmic grooves of Brioski or – my fave – the all-out piano-tastic Balearic house/disco assault of the original.
Be warned: this record may make you leap around with your hands in the air. Hell, it may even induce E-rushes all by its own self, no Class A’s required. Now THAT’S a good tune.
Out: This week
About: Seems like a while since I reviewed anything from the mighty Nang… not quite sure how that’s happened TBH. Ruddy flippin’ brilliant label. Click the link to find out more or visit our new Swiss chums online by clicking here.

Floorplan – Sanctified EP

August 23, 2011 in Singles

Okay, so this one’s notable for two things. Firstly for being one of the most stylistically varied EPs I’ve been sent in aeons… and secondly for actually coming from Detroit techno legend Robert Hood. Blimey.

On the first note… opener We Magnify His Name even manages to be stylistically varied within the one track. It starts out sounding like a good-time filter disco cut, then surprises you by bursting into an all-out gospel number before settling down into a rollicking carnival-esque groove to see out the rest of its 9-some minutes. Fantastic stuff.

Second cut Baby Baby couldn’t be much more different. It’s a fast-paced n’ bouncy techno number that sounds like nothing so much as the kind of nu-NRG the late great Tony De Vit made Trade famous for. That’s right, kids – it used to be socially acceptable to be into deep house and garage, and dig Trade as well. It may seem strange to you young ‘uns but s’true.
Misty-eyed nostalgia aside and back to the EP, and Basic Principle brings proceedings to a close, and what a close it is. It’s a BIG organ-fuelled house/techno tune with an epic feel – think Plastic Dreams or Positive Education or The Man With The Red Face, that’s the kind of big and epic we’re talking.
So basically: old-skool legend known for sparse, uncompromising techno takes time out, makes some houseified shizzle, pisses all over 90% of everything else out there, gets on with his day. You gotta respect that… and you gotta get a hold of this.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Mr Hood’s own M-Plant, naturally. And I should point out that doing the housed-up Floorplan thing isn’t exactly a new venture for him, he’s been doing it since the mid-90s. So it’s no surprise he’s really very good at it by now!
Make a joyful noise unto the Hood, for he is worthy 🙂

Kyle Marshall – Callout

August 23, 2011 in Singles

Seeing as we were just talking about retro-fied house in the Midicult review, now might also be a good time to tell you about this, because the Original and Bella Musica mixes of Callout do indeed sound like nothing so much as those alien-sounding electronic dance music records that started emerging from Chicago in the mid-80s.

For me though, the winner of the three rubs on offer is that by the Short Bus Kids’ DK Watts, which goes down a slightly deeper path, but still has plenty of jack in its veins, rest assured.
Jackin’ house music. Nuff said, really.
Out: This week
About: This comes atcha on Al Bradley’s 3am Recordings, a stalwart of the UK underground house scene for a good decade or so now. Here’s the usual Soundcloud and Facebook doingz.

Midicult – House Of Music

August 23, 2011 in Singles

I hate people that over-use the word ‘stunning’. The phone on your camera, for instance, does not “enable you to capture stunning images”. It’s okay for taking snapshots, is all. So when I say that this debut-not-debut release from Midicult (more on that in a mo’) is indeed stunning, you’ll know I’m not using that word lightly.

Opener Bathtub Gin is a midpaced tech-house groover, with a slightly syncopated, garage-y feel and chopped-up female vocal snippets alongside a male voice repeating the EP title from time to time. It’s quality stuff and it’ll have you bouncing in your seat for sure. Then there’s Wooden Collar Paper Tie, which comes in no fewer than five mixes – the original, plus rubs from Groovik, Pete Weasel, People Get Real and Melos & Kyber. Some of ’em lean a little too far towards the minimal/glitchy/techy side of things for these ears, but the old skool Balearic-meets-acid house of M&K’s mix is definitely worth a shout.

But the reason this is getting such glowing praise – including the dreaded S-word – is Suntrap, a quite remarkable slab of deep/minimal techno that I’m not even gonna try and describe. To appreciate its sparse, dubbed-out beauty, you really need to sit, like I did while slaving at the day job today, and listen to it in headphones four or five times on the bounce.
Couple Suntrap with Bathtub Gin, and this EP’s a no-brainer.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Geordie label 22 Digit, about whom you can find out all you need to know on Soundcloud and Facebook.
As for Midicult himself… apparently it’s a new alias for “a well-known producer who prefers to keep this latest project more secretive” and no, I honestly don’t know who that is. Still, we all love a mystery, don’t we?

Short Bus Kids – Day Party

August 21, 2011 in Singles

Short Bus Kids Day PartySomewhat unusually for the SBKs, this latest release actually comes with remixes rather than just a whole bunch of individual tracks. There’s even a Radio Edit! Which leads me to surmise Lance and DK are hoping for big things from what is, to be sure, one of their most accessible outings to date.

Featuring one Catherine Fluss (‘Cat’) on vocals, Day Party is a summery and uplifting cut in a not dissimilar vein to the kind of thing Andy Caldwell and Kaskade used to do on Om may moons ago. Don’t worry, though, this is the SBKs we’re talking about so it’s not too horribly light and poppy… and there’s some very cool sax work, too.
But DK’s Underground Dub is probably the mix most TIWWD readers are likely to go for, a considerably deeper pass with crisp, insistent snares, chopped-up, echo’d snippets of the vocal and pads to make you go all warm and gooey inside.
Out: This week
About: As ever, this comes on the boys’ own Bounce House Recordings

Various – New Breed Of Deep House

August 21, 2011 in Singles

The standout for me of several King Street releases this week, this five-track EP on Nite Grooves does what it says on the tin and showcases some new talents in deep house music. What’s not to love?

Vozmediano’s Un Cafe S’Il Vous Plait gets the EP underway in excellent style, being an uptempo jazzual roller that comes on like St Germain on FAR too much of the aforesaid coffee. Nice. Up next, Whim-ee’s I Will Tell You is almost at the other end of the spectrum, a very deep, languid and sensuous affair with breathy spoken vox. Masahiro Suzuki’s Port Elizabeth is a dark, driving dancefloor cut with Afro-influenced drums and a proggy feel, while Synthaime’s Ugly Tikita is a ker-razy synth wig-out that draws heavily on European techno and is almost a bit much for me, but then redeems itself with some great tactical use of Hammond (?) sounds to counterbalance its ear-piercing antics. And then finally there’s Korova & Soundsystem’s Harmonica, which is another driving dancefloor workout featuring the eponymous instrument rather heavily.
Nothing tops Vozmediano’s offering for me but still, overall this is a nicely varied EP featuring a host of new artists, so DJs of many persuasions should find something to play here.
Out: This week
About: Nite Grooves has always been King Street’s outlet for the trackier shiznit… but you knew that. So here’s their website and we’re done.