Submantra – I See You Dancing

August 31, 2012 in Singles

Submantra I See You Dancing Savoir Faire Musique

Several of TIWWD’s “regular” labels have new bits n’ pieces out this week… here’s the first, coming courtesy of Savoir Faire Musique.

There are three mixes of I See You Dancing on offer. The Original is a deep, bumpin’ houser with organ sounds that are warmer and richer than a banker in a sauna, and one of those gems that will suit club or post-club play equally well. The Dual T Acid Remix is less 303-drenched than you might expect but will still serve you well for those twisted 4am sessions, while Deepwit boss Alvaro Hylander comes with a rub that’s got slightly more frenetic percussion, yet a dubbier, more spaced-out feel than the original despite that.

I think it’s the Original that does it best for me – y’know me and organs – but all three mixes are very playable so you can’t go wrong really!

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find Savoir Faire on Soundcloud or Facebook.

Raw & Darren Clarke – Jazz EP

August 31, 2012 in Singles

Raw & Darren Clarke Jazz EP Them On The Hill

Now then, anyone fancy guessing what this one might sound like? Yeah, you got it… deep, sultry, jazzy house is the order of the day on this three-tracker from new-ish (this is number six from them) Sheffield label Them On The Hill.

Lead track Digital Jazz Fix, from Raw, comes in two mixes. The Original is pretty self-explanatory – think the housier end of the Compost catalogue or the jazz-dance sessions at Southport, if you need a signpost – while the NZ Dub from Kiwi collaborator Darren Clarke is, er, a drummier, dubbier take on the same, not much else I can say, with brushed snares a-gogo.

Rounding out the EP is Free Form from Clarke, a more straight-up deep house cut that to these ears suggests late 90s French deep house labels like Defender and Brique Rouge may feature prominently in Mr Clarke’s collection, and that features some old jazz dude reminiscing as a vocal.

It’s all very easy on the ears all round, really. But not, I hasten to add, in a lame-ass, coffee table kinda way! It’s just… groovy, daddio.

Out: This week

About: Although Them On The Hill is a new label, the crew behind it are no newcomers to the game. They started out as a party collective in Sheffield in 1993 and Raw himself you might remember from his work as Digital Boogie (with Callum Wordsworth) on DiY Discs, or as Vibe, Inc (with Groove Assassin) on Black Vinyl, Transport, 4th Floor and Glasgow Underground.

Anyway, you can find Them On The Hill at their own website or on Soundcloud. Nice…

Mennie & Mario Piu – Affair

August 31, 2012 in Singles

Mennie & Mario Piu Affair Fahrenheit Music

Mario Piu’s transformation from trance and techno don to fully-fledged houser seems pretty much complete these days… this joint offering with fellow Italian Mennie is just the latest example. Because Affair is pretty much a reworking of the Nightcrawlers/MK classic Push The Feeling On in a 2012 tech-house stylee.

That’s not to say it’s not a very fine track in its own right, of course… and to be fair, there’s a whole different vocal and everything. But it’s that familiar (though replayed) nagging riff that’ll drag ’em onto the floor. There are just the two mixes to choose from: the Original’s more contemporary-sounding, the Getstrumental Mix is a little more classically ‘house’ and features a brief, cheeky snippet of the Nightcrawlers vocal to boot.

But either mix will do the necessary in the discos, without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Mario’s own Fahrenheit Music. Find ’em via Mario’s Facebook page.

Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac – The Pianist/Summer Time

August 30, 2012 in Singles

Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac Summer Time Pianist Hall of Fame HOF

Some nice smooth deep house vibes here from Spanish label Hall Of Fame.

Summer Time is the one for the real deep heads, a fem-vocalled, jazzy affair that’s every bit as summery as its name suggests… and no, it’s nothing to do with Porgy & Bess in case you were wondering. Over on the B, meanwhile, The Pianist rides a slightly tuffer, techier rhythm to start but then kind of builds downwards, if you see what I mean, as the black-key ivory licks emerge slowly from the heads-down shuffle.
Solid stuff all round.
Out: This week
About: You can find Hall Of Fame Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Roman Rai – If You Take Care

August 29, 2012 in Singles

Roman Rai If You Take Care Tokyo Red Recordings

And finally, a nice easy one to end on cos there’s just the one mix. But what a mix it is.

Clocking in at a whopping 11 minutes and 40 seconds, If You Take Care starts out with a deep disco loop, adds some percussion and then… er, well that’s it in a nutshell! There are some barely-there vocals snips later on as well but essentially this is an epic affair for when your floor is well and truly in the zone and just wants to stay there, ta very much.

And coming on Tokyo Red, and from label stalwart Roman Rai, you know the quality bar’s gonna be set high, so what are you waiting for?

Out: This week

About: Tokyo Red Recordings can be found at label boss DJ Sydney’s Facebook page

Fadel – Braveheart

August 29, 2012 in Singles

Fadel Braveheart Mile End Records

Another simple two-tracker with two quite distinct mixes of the same track here, this time from Canada’s Mile End Records.

In its Original form, Braveheart sits somewhere between deep, tech- and soulful house, and will sound best when heard in a dark room circa 5am. On the flip, the Horatio Remix is a much drummier and more insistent affair, but also a much jazzier one thanks to its added parping sax and brushed snares.

Overall, then, what you have here are forward-thinking deep/tech-house vibes that will be best appreciated by educated and open-minded dancefloors.

Out: This week

About: You can find Mile End Records on Soundcloud and Facebook

Flex – Past Visions

August 29, 2012 in Singles

Flex Past Visions Trendy Mullet

Some smooth yet still floor-friendly deep house vibes here from Italian producer Flex, coming on the ever-checkable Trendy Mullet.

There are just the two mixes of Past Visions to choose from, but to be fair they are quite different. The Original mix ain’t nothin’ but a deep, pulsating groove, topped off with a simple piano hook and synth-strings. Flip it over, and you’ll find the Nick Turner Remix, which is what happens when late-night deepness and vintage Windy City house collide.

Quality stuff from a quality label, with the Turner mix just edging it for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Trendy Mullet on Soundcloud and Facebook… like just about everyone else at the moment their actual website seems to have fallen over. 2012, what the f*** is going on?!

Attemporal – Att_3

August 28, 2012 in Singles

Attemporal Att_3 ATT Series

And now let’s lurch like a shockingly badly programmed DJ set from the uber-deepness of Artone & Anton Pau straight into the no-nonsense jackery of this.

Sitting right on that cusp where acid house meets techno, Att_3 is a throbbing, 303-tinged workout for turbo-charged bodies in darkened rooms, pure and simple. Over on the B, meanwhile, my old friend Rebekah turns in a refix that seriously ups the bottom-end grunt. This one’s more for the out-and-out techno floors but in the right spot it’ll do the damage without a doubt.

I really wouldn’t try playing it straight after Need Deep, though.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Attemporal’s own label, ATT Series. You can find ’em on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website,  and you can also find out more about the Spanish duo at Resident Advisor. Oh yeah and you can find Rebekah on Facebook too… she’s just moved to Berlin, dont’cha know?

Artone & Anton Pau – Need Deep EP

August 28, 2012 in Singles

Artone & Anton Pau Need Deep EP Artefact

Okay, so that’s Shambala out of the way and it’s back to the daily grind… today it’s been a birrova slog getting back into the groove TBH so it seems appropriate to kick off the week’s reviews at a lower tempo, with this three-track slab of ultra-deep tech-house/minimal from Macedonia’s Artefact label.

Need Deep itself comes from just Artone, and is in its Original form a stripped-down house groove in the Detroit (and yes, I mean Detroit as opposed to Chicago) stylee, all clipped beats and stabs, but slowly building with tinkling analogue synths. Anton Pau then supplies a Dubb Mix [sic] which takes us into even more minimal and sparse territory, while finally the pair, er, pair up for Soul Shakin’, which is in a similar vein to the Original of Need Deep but just that little bit more overtly house-ified with its organ sounds and male vocal stabs.

Uncompromising deepness for the esoterically inclined.

Out: This week

About: You can find Artefact on Soundcloud or Facebook… their website proper is currently getting a re-re-re-remix.

This Is Why We Dance is leaving you now…

August 23, 2012 in Singles

Right, I’m off to Shambala now so won’t be updating for a few days. But were I NOT in a field, prancing (in the immortal words of Jake The Poacher) like a tit, these are the records I’d have been telling you about…

Colin Sales & S.U.Z.Y – All About The Love (CSD Recordings)
Craig Stewart – Blue Straggle (DCS Trax)
Eric D – Overdrive (Manchester Underground Music)
Fabier – Gaurix (Southpark Records)
Frank Martin – Feelin’ Good (Sounds Of Juan)
Jazzforfish – Nothing From Nowhere EP (The Bodhi Tree)
Jet Project – So Fly album sampler (Snatch!)
Mastercris – My Pleasure EP (Acryl Music)
Mat.Joe – Heart To Find EP (OFF Recordings)
Angelo Fracalanza – Keep Walking (Miami Sessions)
Micc – The Mild EP (Endemic Digital)
Mojito feat MJ White – I Wanna Rock You (Sugar Groove)
MPRT – From The Rare Lands (Par Recordings)
Myles Bigelow – Flite Sessions EP (Deep Culture Music)
Never Knows feat Kevin Knapp – Untitled 24 (Untitled & After)
Previous Experts – Always Cut, Never Boost (Influential House)
Retrac – Shades EP (Indigo Raw)
Seyser Uysal presents Spennu – Je Te Veux (Savoir Faire Musique)
Shades Of Gray – Listen To The Bass EP (Blacksoul Music)
Speak Deep & Joy Lee – Existentialism (Nite Grooves)
Sunshine Jones – Dirty Love [Remixes] (Nite Grooves)
Taster Peter & Phunx – All I Want Is EP (Clash Music)

Expect the usual TIWWD mix of deep, tech and soulful house, deep techno, nu-disco, etc… beyond that I’m afraid you’ll just have to do a bit of Googling but suffice to say there should be enough gems in there to keep DJs of various persuasions busy till I get back.

Be good while I’m away, won’t you? And remember: don’t let anyone in, and don’t touch the cooker!