Various – Fusic Vol 1

December 31, 2011 in Singles

Launched earlier this year, Fuse London is the record label arm of the successful Fuse club night, which is at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and promises “deeper shades of house and techno”. Which gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from this six-artist, six-track sampler EP… innit? (as they say in Shoreditch)

So yeah, six deep/tech house bombs are what’s on offer here, and they’ll get the cooler floors moving for sure. Ben Rau’s The City and Alex Arnout & Seb Zito’s Moments Of You stand out for me, but you’re sure to have your own faves, with cuts featured also from Enzo Siragusa & Luke Miskelly, Jun Akimoto, Rich Nxt and Ittetsu.

Bit of lickety-split review this one cos, y’know, it’s New Year’s Eve. But yeah… this is quality stuff, making Fuse London another label I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on in 2012.
Out: Last week, but again, it was too good to leave.
About: I’ve told you most of what I know about Fuse London… except that the aforesaid Mr Siragusa is resident at the club so I’m guessing the main man at the label as well. They don’t seem to have an actual label website yet – that I can find anyway – but here’s the one for the club night. And seeing as that doesn’t actually tell you much, here’s a write-up about ’em on Resident Advisor as well.

Southeastern – P2000

December 31, 2011 in Singles

Based in Odense, Denmark, Deso Records are just a year old and 20 or so releases deep, but in that time they’ve already carved themselves an enviable reputation among the deep/tech house cognoscenti. This latest will nothing to tarnish that reputation whatsoever.

P2000 comes in just Original and Lerager’s Lost Tongue Remix forms. The former is deep, unhurried and uncluttered, with a classic Chi-town bassline and just enough of a yearning female vocal to add some human warmth to what is a truly first-rate slice of melancholic machine soul. Meanwhile on the B, Denmark’s Lerager beefs up the beats somewhat and transforms the track into a jackin’ small-hours cut built with basements, red lights and feelings in mind.

Make no mistake, this is absolutely top-drawer tackle – check it out as soon as you get the chance.

Out: Last week, but I only got it yesterday and it was too good to ignore.

About: Find Deso at their own website, or on MySpace and Soundcloud. No, really, do – if I had to pick a label that’s really pricked up my ears in 2011, this’d be the one.

Philip Arruda – Feels Like Space

December 29, 2011 in Singles

The last of the year from Canada’s very hip Roots + Wings imprint is this very now-sounding slice of tech-house from Philip Arrruda.

Just the two mixes to tell you about. Arruda’s original uses some traditional-sounding NY-style tuff percussion to drive the track forward, topped off with an endlessly wibbling synth and snatches of male (spoken) vocal, while The Junkies’ mix tones down the snares and instead goes slightly deeper and groovier.
Either one should keep the floor moving nicely.
Out: This week
About: Roots + Wings are based, as you probably know by now anyway, in Toronto, Canada. You can find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud, and here’s Philip Arruda’s own Facebook page as well

Sean Biddle – Livin’ In Ecstasy

December 29, 2011 in Singles

Okay, so this might not be the coolest, most underground, chin-strokey-est release ever mentioned on TIWWD but hey… NYE’s a-coming and it’s time to loosen up and dig out those big, silly party tunes.

In which case, this shiny disco-house tribute to the sisters Sledge should do the job nicely. It doesn’t do much you don’t expect, but then with a track like this you don’t really need it to… all you want is for it to fill the floor, and that it most certainly will. Especially if there are any girls around.
Out: This week
About: This comes not on Sean’s own Bid Muzik but on Mac and co’s Nocturnal Recordings.

Gabriel Rhome – The Shell

December 29, 2011 in Singles

Some quality techno/tech-house sounds here from those Essex stalwarts Hype Muzik.

Actually that said, really both The Shell and The Thinning are just straight-up techno… it’s all a bit abstract n’ glitchy for me to be honest but there are plenty of people that love that kinda stuff and this should suit them to a T. But never mind that, the reason this is getting reviewed on here is the deep and slightly proggy tech-house of Focused Slice, which has a lazy, menacing groove all of its own. Sterling, sleazy stuff.

Out: This week
About: Keep up with Hype’s goings-on at their blog

Freaky Funk – No-One EP

December 29, 2011 in Singles

Freaky Funk is the nom de guerre of a house DJ/producer from Montenegro, who in real life goes by the name of Nikola Jovicevi. That’s about all I know about him but I can tell you that, here, he’s delivered an EP for Macedonia’s Artefact Records that should appeal to a range of house jocks.

Sitting somewhere between ‘deep’ and ‘funky’ on the house music sliding scale of subgenres, the four tracks here – No-One, Never, Like You and Funk Awake – tread that fine line that Om once made their own: credible enough to appeal to more discerning heads, but with enough of a disco shimmy to tempt more a more casual audience to their feet as well.

There’s perhaps not that one killer cut that means you need to stop what you’re doing and buy this record immediately, though No-One itself, with its disconcerting spoken vocal samples, does stand out (and so merit its title position). But overall, it’s quality stuff for sure. Let’s hope we hear more from Freaky Funk soon.

Out: This week

About: I’m pretty certain Artefact Records are making their debut appearance on this blog today, but they’re based in Skopje, Macedonia (despite having a .co.uk web address – go figure) and can be found on Soundcloud, Facebook and MySpace, or at their own blog.

RJ Fletcher – Afterthought EP

December 29, 2011 in Singles

Well then, it’s been a few days, what with Jesus having a birthday and all… but now we’re back, back, BACK! so let’s get the TIWWD ball rolling again with this four-track EP from Mr Fletcher, which marks his third outing on Deep Edition.

Afterthought itself is, in its original form, a perfectly decent slab of deep, techy house music with a vocal consisting of sampled movie dialogue (or what sounds like sampled movie dialogue). But I’m feeling the Atapy Remix more: this is a considerably deeper, more stripped-down and slightly more experimental/leftfield pass, tailormade for post-club sessions or sleazy afterhours joints.

On the B, meanwhile, you’ll find Boom Talk and Doublethink. The former is a no-nonsense slice of dancefloor deepness with one of those ‘house veteran discussing his feelings about music/favourite drum machine/first time at The Loft/etc’-type vocals, while the latter pursues a similarly uncompromising and artistic approach to Atapy’s rub of the title track.

It’s Boom Talk that’s floating my boat the most, I think, but this is another very solid offering from Deep Edition all round.

Out: This week

About: This is number 25 for Deep Edition, which is a landmark of sorts so congratulations to the northeast UK-based label… find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Nik Fratarolli – Synesthesia

December 23, 2011 in Singles

Nik Fratarolli is a name that should be familiar to TIWWD readers by now, but this marks the debut of a brand new name – Nik’s own label, Sangoma Music. And a fine debut it is, too.

It’s a simple two-track affair. Synesthesia itself is a deep tech number with proggy overtones in its slow-building structure, while on the B, Livin’ In The Box is dubby deep house of the finest calibre (and possibly my pick of the two, I think, though both are very good).
As I said, an excellent debut – more soon please Mr Fratarolli!Out: This week

About: This is what the hype sheet has to say about Sangoma Music: “This is all about getting blown away by magnificent tracks… there’ll definitely be no fillers on Nik’s watch. No digital bonus mixes. No generic dub versions. No DJ tools. No compromise. But there is room for artistic license: the sound of Sangoma is a building process of experimental sounds on top of deep and tribal foundations, inspired by the likes of Moon Harbour, Freerange, Tsuba, Plastic City and Crosstown Rebels.”

Sounds good to me… you can judge for yourself by hitting up Sangoma on Soundcloud and Facebook. In the meantime, I also notice that Nik is a Manchester lad and was a regular at clubs like The Hacienda and The Boardwalk back in the early 90s, so who knows, we may well have hugged each other or shared a bottle of water (or poppers) 20 years ago without realising! Funny how these things go, innit?

Various – Morally Casual EP

December 23, 2011 in Singles

Some really nice deep/tech house vibes on this v/a EP from 5 And Dime Records.

The three tracks are Under Water by Zach De Vincent, Quadratic Souls by Wyatt Earp & ben A, and Transitional Period by Mateous. And, to be honest, I haven’t got huge amounts to say about any of them, but all three are quality instrumental grooves that’ll suit warm-up sets or post-club sessions to a T.
This is only the second release from this label so take time to check ’em out, people! You won’t be disappointed, this is very cool stuff indeed.
Out: This week
About: 5 And Dime are based, like a lot of people these days it seems, in Denver, Colorado. Find out more at their website and Facebook page.

ALBUM Mojo Rising – Seven Wonders

December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s an album from a label I don’t think have featured on here before, Denver’s Cold Busted.

Cold Busted specialise (from what I’ve heard to date, anyway) in leftfield electronica, dusty Shadow-esque lo-fi hip-hop and other such esoteric thrills, but to me this album is a bit more accessible than some of their stuff, and all the better for it. They’re calling it “a worldly and texture palette of funk, dub and electronic music”, which kinda works; think a more party-oriented Ninja Tune and you’re somewhere in the ballpark of the general vibe here.

Opener Stonehenge samples both The Specials (A Message To You Rudy, to be precise) and James Brown, The Lighthouse is a lounge-tastic shuffler with a xylophone (!) to the fore, The Tomb is a thoughtful, slightly melancholic downtempo trip, Catacombs is a slab of hip hop-inflected downtempo funk, Hanging Gardens is a bit like The Orb doing Italo and… well, there’s more but you get the idea.

Quirky, experimental genre-mashing’s all very well, but it often just isn’t that much FUN. Seven Wonders, on the other hand, is. There’s a reason not a lot of downtempo/experimental albums make it onto TIWWD… the fact this one has should tell you all you need to know.
Oh yeah… and loving that cover, too!
Out: This week
About: Find out more about Cold Busted by hitting up their Facebook page, radio station or blog.