Maksy – Jambon

May 30, 2012 in Singles

Another label you can pretty much always rely on here – this is the latest from Denmark’s excellent Gartenhaus.

Four tracks, and as we’ve come to expect from the Copenhagen crew, the deepest of house is the order of the day. Lenny’s Groove is the most uptempo, most percussive and most obviously dancefloor of the four;
Remember Me provides the post-club/sofa-based listening, while Yeah Wa and Cracker sit somewhere between the two. Both of these last two flirt with garage-y tropes, too: the former with its chopped-up vox and a stuttery feel that recalls vintage Kerri Chandler/Madhouse productions, the latter in a more sumptuous, ‘deep Jersey’ kinda way.

And once again, it’s a case of all killers, no fillers. Meget, meget godt, as I’m led to believe they say in Denmark.

Out: This week

About: Gartenhaus seem to live mostly on Facebook, as far as I can see… oh no hang on, here they are on Soundcloud as well

Middle Rhythm – Downtown EP

May 30, 2012 in Singles

UK label Beats Me Music come up with the goods yet again! This time in the form of a five-track EP from Middle Rhythm, AKA Tom Pearson.

Lead track Ma Girl is a mellow kinda deep house joint, sporting a soulful male vocal sample and coming complete with a brace of more uptempo rubs from J Fader and label boss Rob Clarke. The two bonus cuts Dallas At Night and Bringin’ Back Love, meanwhile, are both the kind of jazz-fuelled grooves that’ll be home listening fodder for some folk, but that’ll keep floors grooving in the more dedicated/specialist deep house clubs as well.

I think the sax-tastic Dallas At Night and Rob’s mix of Ma Girl just edge it for me, but there’s not a duff cut in sight. Chalk up another victory for the Eastbourne crew, then.

Out: This week

About: You can find Beats Me Music at their website or on Facebook… also take a peek at the TIWWD Facebook page where I’ve just posted their latest rather fine podcast.

Ivan Garci – Sunday Clouds EP

May 29, 2012 in Singles

And speaking of ‘the deep’, few labels currently do deep better than Denver’s 5 And Dime Recordings, who this week bring us this EP from Ivan Garci. The EP’s made up of three originals, plus a remix of the title cut from label stalwart Zach DeVincent.

Generally speaking, ‘very deep house’ is the order of the day but looking at the tracks in more detail, Sunday Clouds itself is a midtempo, relaxed kind of affair, flecked with Spanish guitars and “welcome to the summer” vocal samples. The Mindfulness Remix from the aforesaid Mr DeVincent drops the vocal and six-strings, instead using a different vocal sample from a self-help/meditation tape and some nu-disco-ish synth flourishes on what ends up more of a late-night than a sunny afternoon rub.

El Aire then sees us back in Balearic-leaning territory, but this time with slightly crisper, pacier beats and an atmospheric breakdown in the middle, while finally Mi Ventana is a slightly more pumping joint… albeit that’s ‘pumping’ in so far as very deep house ever can be!

5 And Dime on-point as ever, nuff said.

Out: Tomorrow (30 May)

About: 5 And Dime can be found at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud. Ivan Garci can mostly be found in Amsterdam, these days, though he originally hails from Barcelona.

Norm Talley – Travlin’ EP

May 29, 2012 in Singles

Okay, TIWWD is now back, back, BACK!* after a long and most relaxing weekend in sunny Wales. Remind me that I still owe you a round-up of the rest of last week’s releases that I didn’t get around to before I went, but right now time, tides and release schedules wait for no man, so let’s crack on with this week’s releases, starting with this three-tracker from Norm Talley.

Talley is a Detroit producer who’s been in the game for over 25 years, and his experience and production knowledge certainly shine through here. Analog Dreams works a VERY familiar vocal sample (I won’t spoil it) over militant snare-heavy riddims, ION is a deeper, more late-night houser with a jazzy kinda vibe and finally Travlin’ itself sees the Detroit influences come to the fore beats-wise while a meandering, mournful sax line brings the musicality.

Three very different tracks, then, but all three are of the highest quality, making this something of a must-check for all lovers of the deep.

Out: This week on vinyl, next week digitally

About: This is only the fifth release from London-based label Landed Records… to find out more about ’em visit their website or hit ’em up on Facebook.

*Cheesy phrasing © Smash Hits, 1980s

Huxley & Sam Russo – Jamma’s Basement

May 24, 2012 in Singles

Okay, last one for tonight… last one for a few days, probably, cos TIWWD is going away for a long weekend’s R&R and Mrs TIWWD thinks that should involve a bit less time hunched over a laptop and a bit more time actually talking to her and stuff! She’s right, of course, but I couldn’t go away without telling you about this one.

Leftroom seem to have a knack of always being just that little bit ahead of the curve, and this team-up between two currently v. hot producers is no exception. Jamma’s Basement WOULD be a fairly standard deep/tech workout, were it not for the use of a big, boomin’ bass that harks all the way back to the hardcore days; I’d suggest there’s a dubstep/bass music influence there too. Top that off with vocal stabs both female (ethereral, garage-y) and male (tribal, chanty), and you’ve got an anthem in the making.

Over on the B, meanwhile, William’s Trainers starts out, again sounding like your standard techy chugger (albeit your standard techy chugger done very well)… but then in come the organs – big, Jersey-ish organs – and it’s game over.

It took these two tracks a day or two to sink in with me, but now they have, I’m thinking this is very possibly the best release of the week, and that’s something I very rarely say.

Out: This week

About: This actually comes on sub-label Leftroom Ltd, not Leftroom itself, though quite what the difference is I’m not sure. Anyway they can be found on Facebook… their website seems to be doing something strange at the mo’.

Jesus Pablo & Sean Danke – Mojo

May 24, 2012 in Singles

Our man from Liverpool teams up with Sean Danke from Reykjavik here, for a track coming on Headset Recordings in three mixes.

The Original rides a jaunty, toppy rhythm, over which are layered piano chords, organ stabs, fairly subdued synths and, as the track goes on, some shakers as well – all told it doesn’t ‘do’ huge amounts but it’ll get those asses shakin’ on the floor mos’ def. On remix duties, Robot Needs Oil give us a pass that’s scattered with hand percussion throughout and adds some great Hammond organ action – it’s proper wiggy, daddio! – while Daniel Allen’s rub is more straight-ahead and driving, with a euphoric, building vibe overall and just the tiniest hints of prog around the edges.

From a label and a producer (Pablo) that seldom disappoint, here’s a track that most certainly doesn’t.

Out: This week

About: Headset Recordings are based in San Francisco, and are not to be confused with Boston’s Headtunes, who Mr Pablo has also been known to work with. You can find ’em at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud,


Martijn – Make Me Feel EP

May 24, 2012 in Singles

The Deep Edition boss steps up with a release of his own here, with two original tracks plus a remix from Adam Shelton.

Taking them one-by-one, then… Make Me Feel in its original form is a drummy and spacious production that, to these ears anyway, recalls the mid-90s days of dark garage and New York tribal. Chuck in some very now-sounding treated vox and an arse-swayin’ squelchy bass/synth riff and this should work on all kinds of house floors. Adam Shelton’s refix of the same is a livelier take that ditches the drums of doom for a more energetic 4/4 thump, and adds lots of atmospherics while still allowing the vocal and that synth riff to shine through. And then finally the EP’s completed by Give It To Me, a slower, steadier deep house funk-a-thon with an almost-breakbeat and more of those heavily treated vox.

Quality stuff as ever from Deep Edition.

Out: This week

About: Deep Edition are based in the northeast of England, as you surely know by now, and can be found here, here and here (website, Soundcloud, Facebook)

Soulrack – True Love Remixes

May 24, 2012 in Singles

Another ‘simple two-tracker’ here… only this time it’s very much a game of two halves, Brian.

Cos while A-side Follow Me (or rather the Matt Star Remix thereof, to be precise) is perfectly acceptable and playable – a prog-tinged, piano-sprinkled affair that manages to be uplifting without getting all cheesy – it’s the B-side that counts here. True Love (or rather the Mute: Remix thereof, to be precise) is a MONSTER of an organ tune… only in more of a deep house way than a handbag/bassline kinda way, if you see what I mean.

It’s great, basically. So you should probably, y’know, buy it or something.

Out: This week

About: This comes atcha courtesy of Soulrack’s own Cray Labworks, who are based in Spain. Their website‘s currently having its hair done, so you’re best checking them out on Facebook or MySpace. Oh, and here’s Soulrack’s Soundcloud page as well.

Tone Of Arc – Shaking The Sky/No Pushers

May 24, 2012 in Singles

A two-tracker here from uber-hip Canadian label No 19, courtesy of San Francisco duo Tone Of Arc.

A-side Shaking The Sky starts out with simple 4/4 kick and a whispered “no hesitation” vocal sample, building slowly via the emergence of a fat n’ funky b-line and more vocal elements into a proper chuggin’ deep house dancefloor stomper made for big, dark rooms… a track to lose yourself in. On the B, No Pushers is slightly more sedate, with echo-ing piano chords, rumbling bass, floaty vocal snips and pads a-gogo.

I’m not actually describing it very well – what can I tell you, you get days like that! – but suffice to say this is the contemporary post-minimal deep house sound executed superbly. Tone Of Arc apparently have an album in the pipeline and on this evidence it should be one to look out for.

Out: This week

About: You can find No. 19 at their website or on Facebook.

Newman – Culture Code

May 23, 2012 in Singles

Two in a row from the Endemic camp as we move on to the latest from the mothership label.

Can’t tell you much about Newman, cos there’s no info included with the mail-out, but I can tell you that Culture Code itself sits somewhere between nu-disco/Italo and progressive house, so should do pretty well on dancefloors this summer especially in Europe, while Globalisation on the B is a full-on peaktime ‘Balearic prog’ kinda thang, complete with retro hands-in-the-air pianos.

It’s only really the A that’s floating TIWWD’s boat, to be brutally honest, even though I do like the pianos on the latter track. But that’s a personal thing… there are plenty of floors that’ll lap Globalisation up as well.

Out: This week

About: Here’s that Endemic Digital link again…