Loz Goddard – Mimic

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Loz Goddard Mimic 5 And Dime
I wish 5 And Dime would hurry up and release a rubbish record… cos it gets a bit embarrassing when you’re singing the praises of a label’s every single release. But here they’ve let me down on that front yet AGAIN, serving up yet another EP packed full of sumptuous deep house goodness, damn them.
This time around, the man at the controls is Manchester’s Loz Goddard, who serves up two original tracks that come with remixes from Omar Fayyad (x2) and Quin. And yeah, ‘sumptuous deep house goodness’ pretty much covers all of ’em but if pushed, then Quin’s rub of Move Back and Fayyad’s of Mimic itself share top honours for me.
Class in a glass. Now then, lads… how about getting some gnarly electro-step in for the next one so yours truly can have a night off?
Out: This week
About: Denver-based purveyors of all things deep n’ luxuriant 5 And Dime can be found at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud

Havana Candy – The Black Keys EP

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Havana Candy Black Keys EP
Some cool leftfield disco vibes here from those past masters of the artform, Paper Recordings… and for once they’ve actually said when it’s out so I can tell you about it! The EP’s made up of three original tracks, plus a remix of Tera from Flash Atkins.
We’ll start with Tera, then, which in its original form is a seriously bass-heavy, mind-melting nu-disco throbber made with dark rooms, smoke machines and strobe lights in mind. Far be it from me to say something as crass as “pass the amyl” but, y’know… while in Mr Atkins’ hands, it’s basically the same track, only with several buckets of acid squelch thrown in. As for the other two, Last Train is wonky downtempo Balearica better suited to warm-up or post-club play, while All Night treads a similar path to Tera, but leans a little more towards the deep house (rather than nu disco) side of things.
Silly faces at the ready, please.
Out: This week
About: Havana Candy is the latest alias for Hebden Bridge-based Joe Lucas, who’s had stuff out under various guises on such northern institutions as Fat City and 2020Vision, as well as Paper and his own Havana Candy Records. You can find him (and HEAR THIS) on Soundcloud, or you can find Paper Recordings here.

Phil Weeks – P’s Theme

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Phil Weeks P's Theme Robsoul
Coming on his own Robsoul Recordings, this is the third in a series of ultra-limited white labels that sees the French producer getting seriously Funky.
You’ll notice I’ve spelt ‘funky’ with a capital F there. Because while Thinking Of You (which samples a very familiar vocal, but not the one you’re thinking of!) does perhaps have a little of that ‘French touch’ disco-house feel about it, the other two tracks here have far more to do with 70s funk than house, really. Particularly P’s Theme itself, which – with its bold brass, slap bass and wukka-wukking geetar – makes you want to go jump into a souped-up Ford Mustang and get in a car chase round downtown Manhattan. Or perhaps Marseilles.
John Barry would be proud.
Out: This week
About: You can find Robsoul on Soundcloud, or Phil himself on Facebook

Vince Watson – Reshapes

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Vince Watson Rehapes Bio
Something of a killer remix package here, as Vince Watson hands over five of his own tracks, on his own Bio label, to a bunch of remixers. And you just might have heard of some of them… Joris Voorn works his magic on Intuitions, Funk D’Void takes on A Very Different World, Steve Rachmad remixes Aurelon, Psycatron does the honours on Pressure and DJ Rolando serves up a rerub of Sequential.
With big-hitting names like that on board you don’t really need to me to explain too much I don’t think… suffice to say if tough, techy house/prog and house-y techno are your bag then this EP will suit you down to the ground, with Funk D’Void’s deep, constantly evolving and indeed somewhat epic take on A Very Different World taking top honours for me.
Out: This week
About: Can’t seem to find a Bio website as such, but here’s Mr Watson’s own website, Facebook and Soundcloudlinks… you can HEAR THIS for yourself at the latter.

Khainz – ABC8

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Khainz ABC8 Rusted Records
Back on a tuffer tech-house tip here, with this latest from Israeli label Rusted Records.
But while ABC8 is jackin’ enough to satisfy those floors that like it a touch more heads-down and driving, it’s crucially not devoid of da funk by any means… particularly in the case of the DJ PP remix, a rollicking, lolloping bass-centric groove topped with bright, crisp percussion and chopped n’ looped kiddy-choir vox. The Original uses similar elements but with more of a straight-up pumping b-line, and with just a little less off-kilter swing to the underlying rthyhm.
So I’ll have a PP please, Bob.
Out: This week
About: You can find Rusted on Facebookand Soundcloud.

Jeremy Breen – Sense

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Jeremy Breen Sense Savoir Faire Musique
Some typically lush deep house grooves here from the ever-dependable Savoir Faire Musique.
The original version from Breen (who you may remember from his previous Holic Down, also on SFM) is a midpaced, blissed-out groover based around sumptuous piano chords, chicka-chicking hi-hats and synths that I’d want to describe as soaring and euphoric, only that makes them sound horrible and cheesy, which they’re not.
Said original is accompanied by a brace of rerubs from none other than Martijn, of Deep Edition fame. His Remix takes the track into more floor-centric deep house territory, dominated by an organ line straight outta the mid-90s and additional chopped-up, chant-style vox, while his Stripped Dub is… well, more of the same basically.
Classy stuff, whichever mix you go for.
Out: This week
About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud.

Georgeous – Weak Ties EP

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Depaart Weak Ties Georgeous
The very first release from a brand new label here! Depaart are based in Madrid, and their debut offering comes from Georgeous, who the press release assures us has been “developing himself as a key artist in the Spanish electronic music scene”.
There’s just the two tracks. Weak Tiesitself starts with found sounds (rain falling, kiddies playing), before slowly building into a sonically rich deep house groove with a familiar-sounding soulful male vocal threaded lightly through it. It’s one more for the sofa than the dancefloor, maybe, but you can’t fault the production. Mungo, meanwhile, starts out deep as you like, all muted kicks, throbbing bass and atmospherics that go on forever… but then it slowly, inexorably builds in that Garnier kinda way, until a mournful, parping sax comes in halfway through.
I think it’s actually Mungo that does it better for me. One for the start, or end, of those longer sets methinks.
Out: This week
About: This comes on… oh, I told you that. Well then, here’s where to find Depaart online: website Facebook Soundcloud

William Welt – More Than Minimal EP

June 30, 2012 in Singles

William Welt More Than Minimal EP 22 Digit
Three tracks in a total of six mixes here, on William Welt’s first solo release for his own well-established 22 Digit Records.
Vibe & Soal [sic] is a lush, laidback deep house groove with a spoken male vocal. It’s good, but for me it comes into its own more on the Ekkohaus Remix, a beefed-up dubby pass aimed fair and square at the more discerning dancefloors. Nightingale is next: in its original form, this is an esoteric, bass-heavy groove sitting on the house/techno borders, with rainforest sounds that make you think of E2/E4 or some other long-lost Loft classic. Ricardo Jefferson’s remix takes it into proggier territory but for me it’s the original that wins out this time. And then finally there’s Seaside Samba, an unsurprisingly Latin-tinged percussive techno workout in its original form before Heisenburg turns the dark up on his big, brooding refix.
The latter cut’s a bit too techno for me, so personally I’ll be sticking to the first two… but the EP as a whole does demonstrate perfectly that there is, indeed, more to Welt than just the minimal techno for which he first became known.
Out: This week
About: This is number 31 from 22 Digit… and here they are on Facebook.

Source Of Soul – Control

June 30, 2012 in Singles

Source Of Soul Control Unrivaled Music
You’ll know this when you hear it: it’s the one with a bloke’s voice saying “take control in your soul”. Like the man up the mountain with his leg wrapped in polythene, you can’t miss him*.
As for the track that he’s saying it over… the original mix of Control starts out all stripped, tuff n’ dubby, then surprises after a couple of minutes as an old-skool piano line comes cascading in to bring some light, albeit without detracting from the overall moody vibe too much. Quality stuff. Maxim Lany’s rub is more sparse and techy while label boss Wez Saunders goes for a bubbly, sub-aquatic, dubby kinda feel.
Both the latter two mixes are more than playable, so this is a solid bet all round… but it’s the original that’s taking the gold for me.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Unrivaled Music, and I’d go so far as to say it’s the best thing I’ve had through from them in a while. As ever, the place to head if you want to know more is the mothership Endemic Digital website.
*This will make sense if you’ve seen Withnail & I. If you haven’t, it won’t. I make no apologies for this.

JacyeeL – Back To Disco

June 30, 2012 in Singles

JayceeL Back To Disco Artefact
Don’t let the title fool you here. Just in case you were worried, this is a long way from the screechy, idiot-friendly side of disco-house. Back To Disco is certainly disco-influenced, naturally, but in the sense of taking influences from the mellower, more sumptuous end of the disco spectrum and subtly stretching them onto (in the case of the Original Mix) a deep house framework.
Freaky Funk’s Freaked Remix is too brash for me, veering dangerously close to the kind of record I was happy to find this wasn’t, but the Pavle Vasiljevic Go Deeper Remix will work well on bigger floors that like it stripped-down and techier, though the original still wins for me.
Elsewhere on the EP, The Sea Of Timesounds a little like Play-era Moby given a house makeover in that Buzzin’ Fly/Leftroom/Freerange kinda vein, while What’s It Gonna Bebrings the EP to a close, a gentle, melodic groove with hand percussion, “ooh, ooh” vox and quite beefy, yet unobtrusive kicks.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Artefact Records, who are based in Macedonia and can be found here, here and here. Oh, and here as well!