Neil Browne – Watch Dis

November 30, 2011 in Singles

Okay, so just in case you were thinking the Wagon Cookin’ track was a bit poppy – which admittedly it is, but I still like it all the same – let’s move on next to this (or should that be dis?) which is as resolutely underground an affair as you could ask for.

It’s good value for money, too, cos there are no fewer than six mixes of Watch Dis to choose from, representing a range of styles. The Original, d00sh and Darren Flecta mixes could all basically be filed under the ‘tech-house’ banner, but they do vary: the Original uses eastern sounds and crisp beats, d00sh’s has more techno-fied lo-end rumble while Darren Flecta’s is a bit more tripped out in a plinky-plonk kinda way. All are playable but I think the Original wins out for sheer originality in its sound palette.
There’s also a darker and more overtly techno mix from Glen McArdle, but perhaps of most interest to TIWWD readers will be the rubs from Echofusion and Moojah. Echofusion’s Deeper Remix is, unsurprisingly, a deep house refix and perfectly tailored for very, very late play, with one of those spoken vocals you either love or hate: “the vibe, the groove, the music… house music… this is deep house”, you know the deal! Some might find that off-putting I guess but I’m a sucker for those kind of vocals so this mix is working just fine and dandy for me. And then finally, we come to Moojah’s rub… a deep as in ‘deeeeeeep’ dub/minimal techno affair that’s surprisingly upbeat while at the same time pushing the ‘less is more’ ethos to the max.
It’s the last two rubs that are my picks, as you might have guessed, but just generally, this is one for the proverbial ‘proper heads’ for sure.

Out: This week

About: Yep, it’s another gem dug up by those ever-prolific Endemic Digital boys…

D&B track for animal shelter

November 30, 2011 in Singles

Blu Mar Ten, purveyors of the finest D&B, show their softer side this month as they release this digital benefit single for London’s Mayhew Animal Home.

The track in question, Pilgrim Soul, is a no-nonsense dancefloor cut that kinda sounds like liquid funk only with a slightly tougher edge. It was first out in 2006, but is now being made available as a digital download in high-quality WAV format… all they ask is that you put £1 into the coffers of this entirely donation-reliant shelter for abandoned cats, dogs and other pets.
To donate and download, click here. And if you needed a little extra impetus to do so, here’s a picture of someone who needs your help…

Win a digital DJ bag!

November 29, 2011 in Singles

Calling all hard-working digital DJ types! Fusion Bags, makers of musical equipment cases, have introduced a range of hard-wearing gig bags to keep your precious laptop and hardware controller safe on the road. And right now you’ve got the chance to win one for the princely sum of zero pence/cents/

zloties/dinar/whatever they have where you’re reading this.

The winner gets to choose his/her own preferred bag from the range of three that Fusion make. Normally these things sell for the considerably MORE princely sum of $200 (that’s about £130, and THAT’S if you don’t end up paying the dollar prince in pounds) so it’s a prize worth having for sure.

For more info on the bags, click here. To be in with a chance of winning one, just head over to the Fusion bags Facebook page and enter the draw by 19 December.

Flash Atkins – Camper Van EP

November 29, 2011 in Singles

After Maya Jane’s excursions into slower, dubbier pastures (below) let’s stick with the slightly more leftfield house vibes, with this rather lovely four-tracker from Flash Atkins, AKA Paper Recordings main man Ben Davis.

Test One is a reworking of Sweet Exorcist’s bleep classic with the tinky-tonk analogue acid sparseness of the original replaced by an altogether more sumptuous and uplifting nu-disco feel. And a trumpet, unless I’m very much mistaken… but it works. In Flash Dub form, which has something of a big-room techno feel to it, it works even better. And it comes accompanied with Cherry Bounce, an altogether funkier, more organic affair with plenty of uplift, which again is accompanied by Flash’s own Dub for maximum impact.

Playing the original and this version of Test One side-by-side is quite instructional, actually, I think. It’s the perfect demonstration of how far we’ve come, and proof of what for me is one of house music’s greatest strengths – the ability to essentially all sound the same, and yet simultaneously, continue to ceaselessly reinvent itself.
Anyway enough of the cod theorising – this is good.
Out: This week
About: Here’s the obligatory Paper Recordings link, then.

Maya Jane Coles – Don’t Put Me In Your Box EP

November 29, 2011 in Singles

Now to an EP that’s sure to get a lot of attention, coming as it does ON one of the hippest labels around and FROM one of the scene’s current hottest names. Lucky, then, that the EP’s plenty strong enough to warrant the kind of attention it’s likely to get.

 

Parallel Worlds kicks off the EP, a lovely deep house groover that sounds a bit like Lidell Townsell’s All I Wanna Do reinvented for 21st century Berlin. Dub Child is up next, a more chilled-out slab of deep dub house/dub techno, and the gentle, introspective mood continues on Something In The Air, which has echoes of both progressive house and a whole bevvy of ambient/experimental artists, before the EP comes to a close with Parallel Worlds, which takes us back to the dancefloor.

It makes me chuckle indulgently to see the dance press getting their designer scanties all in a twist over Maya Jane right now, giving that she was getting big props on this very blog a whole two years ago! But she deserves it for sure – and on the evidence of this EP, her talents are still only maturing.
So the soon-come artist album should be worth looking out for, eh?
Out: This week
About: Find out all you need to know about the uber-hip Hypercolour here. One of them’s called Russell so they must be cool, innit? Even if he has only got it as a surname. It’s the thought that counts.

Corduroy Mavericks – Guilty Please EP

November 28, 2011 in Singles

I’m not sure if the “woo-ooh, any time that you want me, any time that you want me” vocal here is sampled from something famous, but it’s a bit too poppy for my liking. But it’s okay, cos we can skip the Original and jump straight to the Flapjackers Wicked Old School Remix, which is indeed, er, wicked and old school!

Like the original, this mix works hefty chunks of Jomanda’s original rave classic Make My Body Rock, but it all-but-ditches the cheesy main vocal sample (except for some disembodied ‘woo-oohs’) in favour of funny little speech snippets à la S-Express/Coldcut/etc (“let’s play this backwards and see if it sounds better”) and, most importantly, some Jersey-style organs to die for. Underpinned by a full-phat deep house b-line, it’s like a little trip down Fuzzy Memory Lane…
Outa My Head rounds out the package, which is kind of deep house gone mellow Balearic pop… and which then totally sucker-punches you by going into a re-working of a certain similarly-titled Kylie number. Sounds awful on paper I know, but it works surprisingly well.
Predictable, this EP is not. One for the earnest chin-stroking types it possibly is not, either. But highly checkable, it most certainly is. Respect to all involved for their flagrant disregard for rulebooks.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Lepento Records, the housier sister to dubstep labels LU10 and Four40. The link will take you to their Soundcloud page so you can find out more…

Andre Detoxx – She Believed In Me

November 28, 2011 in Singles

On to the first of this week’s releases then… a cracking EP from a Polish producer who lives in London, via a label based in New Zealand. What a truly international deep house community we are, eh?

Not sure why the EP’s called what it is, cos what you actually get are three mixes of a track called Redeem, plus two of another called Nightchords. The latter comes will satisfy your craving for soothing uber-deepness whether you plump for the Original or the HouseRiders Late Night Remix, while the former is more post-club driftaway bizniss in its Original form, but gets taken to the dancefloor by Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle, with a stripped, dubby workout that reminds me a little bit of early Angel Moraes, and by YokoO, who injects some dark, synthy, almost proggy drama.

I think it’s the more horizontally-inclined rubs over the dancefloor mixes for me this time out, but a strong package all round.
Out: This week
About: This come’s on New Zealand’s UM Records, which is run by the same peeps behind the excellent Deep House page on Facebook so they really should know what they’re doing!

So many tunes, so little time…

November 28, 2011 in Singles

There were a few things I meant to blog about last week but didn’t get around to. So in the interests of trying to cover as much music as possible, and with apologies to the artists/labels that these are such brief nods, here’s some other bits and bobs you might want to check for right now…

Various – Danish Dynamite (What Happens)
Four-track sampler EP from Tim Andresen’s quality label based in Copenhagen, with deep house vibes from Mark Kruse & Thomas Dieckman and Chris Sane, whose You Know Better is the standout for me, plus some tougher tech-house from Desos and Tim himself.
Pretty Criminals – Moustache EP (Hype Muzik)
The Essex boys serve up Nice Tache which is basically out-and-out techno, and Cactus which is slightly glitchy tech-house. But for me the pick here is Savannah, which operates in slightly more familiar deep house territory.

Kinky Movement & Astral T – Hedonistic EP (Bounce House)
Thanks to DK for the Facebook love recently! More quality deep house from the Short Bus Kids’ label here, though the poppy vocal on Hedonistic itself might be a bit much for some – I’d stick to Metafunk personally, which comes with a wickedly deep n’ languid rub from the aforesaid Mr Watts, or check Kinky’s Replay Remix if you need a little more bump.
 
Nick Robson – Quick Shuffle EP (Sounds Of Juan)
More techno and tech-house grooves here, from the most overtly techno label in the Endemic Digital stable. Round In Circles is a bit too glitchy for me but Tap Dat works a housier groove while Quick Shuffle itself is a fun, quirky number.

Elliot Wright – Maybe Next (Savoir Faire Musique)
Another label who can always be relied on to deliver the goods, and Maybe Next doesn’t disappoint… a quality track for all you deep/tech fiends! Ultra-deep vibes on the Original and the Martijn remix, plus a slightly more floor-friendly rub from Keydin… how’s that for a remix line-up?
Okay, so that’s brought us up to speed (the ever-ongoing issue of album releases aside), so let’s see what THIS week has to offer…

FREE NU-DISCO TRACK Luminodisco – Dinossa

November 27, 2011 in Singles

Italian nu-disco/electrodisco label Danny Was A Drag King featured on here once before with a rather groovy Hard Ton single, you may recall… well, here’s another rather fine offering from them on a lo-slung n’ sleazy kinda tip.

Enjoy!
 
About: Find out more about Danny Was A Drag King by visiting their Facebook and Soundcloud pages.

Luke Pompey – Mind Control EP PLUS FREE TRACK

November 27, 2011 in Singles

Luke Pompey delivers the latest for Definite Ridge here, and it’s a must-check if bleepy house/techno with that classic early 90s feel floats your boat.

Think somewhere between Space Face, early Warp, ACR’s classic MCR album and the more techno-inclined remixes of early Orb or System 7 and you’re somewhere along the right lines for lead cut Mind Control. Label boss Leigh Oliver AKA Olivaffair serves up a re-rub that takes us into deep house territory, with the addition of some wicked sax parpery, and then Dark Kustura also delivers a remix that’ll delight the Detroit heads.
Basically, this is a record that’ll make any old raver very happy… well it does me, anyway.
But wait, there’s more. To celebrate the release of the EP, Definite Ridge have kindly offered up this freebie track from Luke as well… it’s not on the EP so get DL’ing cos when it’s gone it’s gone!
Out: Last week, sorry, but I was away…
About: Definite Ridge are, without a doubt, THE finest house and techno label ever to have emerged from a small market town in the Pennines (Barnoldswick, to be precise)… they’re only a few releases old but pretty much everything they’ve done to date has been a cracker. Find out more at their website and Facebook page