Nathan G – Duplicity EP

January 31, 2013 in Singles

Nathan G Duplicity EP Large MusicTo end on tonight, some PROPER garage bounce, courtesy of legendary Chicago label Large Music.

Australia’s Nathan G is the man at the controls. There’s two cuts to choose from: Fall For Me, which is deepest NJ circa 1994/95 all over again, basically, while Up Again has echoes of dark NYC garage of the same era, and bites a chunk of vocal from Sequence’s Sugarhill classic Funk You Up (as well as some disco vocal I can’t identify, sorry) to really quite devastating effect.

Real-deal shizzle for those that know.

Out: This week

About: You can find Large on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Dan Caster – Let It Play EP

January 31, 2013 in Singles

Dan Caster Let It Play Light My FireAnd now let’s leap straight from a veteran of the scene to one of today’s new breed, Germany’s Dan Caster (AKA Daniel Peter). He’s had stuff out before on Oliver Koletzki’s label Stil Vor Talent, among others, and here he serves up three tracks for fledgling SVT offshoot Light My Fire.

Let It Play itself is a big, epic number made for big systems. It’s a bit proggy/commercial but it does sport a pleasingly fat bassline and I can imagine that, on the right system at the right time in the right, ahem, ‘frame of mind’, it could well sound like the best record in the world. Marlene is a mellow, Spanish guitar-flecked, sundown kind of affair with a slightly OTT female vocal that I can take or leave TBH, but the standout by far here is Freakin’… where deep, dubwise skank and Italo-y nu-disco collide into a kind of prog-dub-tech-house-disco… oh, I dunno.

You can decide for yourself whereabouts on the huge, ever-growing house music Venn diagram you want to map Freakin’… all I know is it’s an unusual, some would even say bold fusion of styles that shouldn’t work, but does.

Out: This week

About: You can find Light My Fire (from whom this is just number three, BTW) on Facebook.

DJ Roland Clark pres Urban Soul – Have A Good Time

January 31, 2013 in Singles

Urban Soul My Urban Soul Street KingWho’d have thought, back in 1991 when we were all waving our arms in the air to Alright, that we’d still be sat here talking about Urban Soul 22 years on? But here we are. Respect, etc.

That said, today there’s not actually anything new from Mr Clark, as such, just three rather spiffing new remixes of older trax. Have A Good Time, a Mr V-sporting exhortation to dance from 2007, gets a chuggin’, throbbin’, cowbell-tastic Monkey Safari Remix, while Walker & Royce serve up two new rubs of 1998’s My Urban Soul: their jaunty, Jersey-ish and jazz-tinged Remix retains the spoken, house music-eulogising vocal (“techno… it’s not black enough!”) while their Dubstramental takes us into a later-hours zone altogether.

Proper New York house music, what more do you want?

Out: This week

About: Just found quite a decent interview with Roland Clark from Blues & Soul magazine… as for the label, this comes on Street King, who you can find at the usual King Street sites

Various – Slowly Going Deep & Svogue Vol 1

January 31, 2013 in Albums

Deep & Svogue Vol 1Now then, here’s an eight-track sampler album/EP from a label that haven’t featured on here before (Svogue Muziq), but featuring a bunch of artists that mostly have…

Matt Prehn gives us the deep, wistful and soulful Dirty Happy, Matteo Floris serves up the big-system chugger If You Feel and the sexy, garage-y Smooth On, while Carlo Gambino does the deep, jackin’ & darkly discofied Leeds house thang as only he can on Together. The newer names don’t do too badly, either: Gustavo FK’s Maxi Jazz-sampling (er, I’m about 85% sure) Diva’s Burn is sure to grace a few Ibiza warm-up sessions this season, while Michael Otten’s In My Head is a fine midtempo afterhours jam and Santiago Fernandez does the ‘deep/tech with slowed-down vox’ thing better than most on Gettin’ Back, adding summa doze space disco stabs that are always gonna work for me…

This is only the third release from Svogue (you can hear the whole catalogue to date at their Soundcloud page), but already it looks like they’re gonna be a very welcome arrival on the scene.

Out: This week

About: You can also find Svogue Muziq on Facebook. Oh, and in Barcelona. Cos that’s where they live, and that.

Umek – I Need Your Love

January 30, 2013 in Singles

Umek I Need Your Love 1605 Music TherapyNow here’s one that needn’t detain us long. Not because it’s not good, you understand. It is. But because there’s just the one track, in the one mix.

And also because long-term readers of TIWWD (or of iDJ before that) will know that I’ve been a fan of Umek’s groovy, house-leaning take on techno since he first emerged on the scene some ten years ago. And that in recent years I’ve been even more of a fan of the more overtly tech-house path that both Umek himself and his 1605 Music Therapy label have been treading.

Well, continue that trajectory to the Nth degree, and you’d presumably find the Slovakian producer eventually coming up with what’s essentially an out-and-out house record, in the classic/traditional sense of the words. Which you do, here.

Factor in Umek’s exemplary production chops, and classic-style house music has seldom sounded better. Nuff said.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on the aforesaid 1605 Music Therapy, who you can find here (Soundcloud), here (Facebook) and here (website)

Lee Daines – I’ll Be In The Garage EP

January 29, 2013 in Singles

Lee Daines I'll Be In The Garage EP Unrivaled MusicYou may not know the name Lee Daines… but if you don’t, you certainly should know the name of Pretty Criminals. Well, Mr Daines is one of those Pretty Criminals, in the normal run of things, but here he steps out on his own.

And the clue’s in the title with this one, as Lee serves up two cuts that would’ve sounded right at home in a Tony Humphries set at Zanzibar 20 years back! Maxi‘s the tuffer of the two, driving by no-nonsense ruff-cut percussion, while I’ll Be In The Garage itself is a more sumptuous outing with atmospheric pads and lashings of warm, velvet-y bass. Both, needless to say, are delighting this ageing ‘garage snob’ (I was gonna have a t-shirt made saying that once) no end.

What’s also worth pointing out is that the last thing I had through from Pretty Criminals was an out-and-out techno slab, so it’s good to see Lee’s not forgotten those of us who like it a little more on the slinky side…

Out: This week

About: This comes on Unrivaled Music, who you can find at the Endemic Facebook page. Or indeed the Endemic Soundcloud page. Your choice entirely. I won’t think any less of you, whichever one you click. Fuck it, click both. Go crazy.

Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire – Sufferers Exile EP

January 29, 2013 in Singles

Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire Sufferers Exile EP Murge Recordings

Just seeing those two names together on one release should be enough to get most deep house lovers salivating… thankfully, the results of their, ahem, ‘coupling’ don’t disappoint.

Kingdom Shall Fall is up first, a rather fine deep, bubblin’ dubwise affair. That’s followed by Baby X6, which is more yer heads-down 4am dancefloor chugger, before Back To The Streets brings the EP to a close, a raw-sounding, spoken-male-vocalled number that sounds like nothing so much as a vintage Madhouse cut.

And while the garage-y charms of the latter win out for me by a nose, like the UM Records release below, all three are impeccable. But then from this pair, what did you expect?

Out: This week

About: This comes on fledgling UK label Murge Recordings: this is only number 6 from them. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Frej Le Vin – Friends In The Sky

January 29, 2013 in Singles

Frej Le Vin Friends In The Sky UM RecordsAin’t nothing but a deep house thing going on here at TIWWD tonight, so what better way to start than with the latest from UM Records, which as you surely know by now is brought to you by the same crew who run the excellent Deep House Page on Facebook.

It’s two-track, four-mix affair coming from Denmark’s Frej Le Vin, who’s had stuff out before on Deso Records, among others. And yeah, straight-up hip-swaying’, head-noddin’ deep house vibes are the general order of the day. With the remixes coming from Evren Ulusoy and The Messenger, the quality standard is high throughout but if pushed then I’d say the original version of Are We Alone stands out for me, with Evren’s Late Night NRG Dub of the same a close second.

Whichever way you choose to slice it, though, it’s groovy baby…

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Disco Doubles – Satellite Of Love

January 28, 2013 in Singles

Disco Doubles Satellite Of Love No Static RecordingsPeople… people, people, people. My most sincere apologies, this has been a somewhat crazy time in the World Of Me, mostly to do with other work that I actually get paid to do, and that coupled with some computer problems (ie a fucked mains lead for the laptop, which can mess up your entire weekend, trust me) has meant updates here haven’t been as prolifically forthcoming as I might’ve liked. So please bear with.

I think I can just find time tonight, though, to tell you about this, the third release from Italy’s No Static Recordings. Although I’m struggling a bit how to do so, because I’d like to NOT use the words ‘soaring’, ‘synth-tastic’ or ‘Italo’ in the review, yet without them it’s kind of hard to tell you what this sounds like.

Still, I think you might just have got the idea now, via some kind of weird word osmosis or something, so it only remains for me to stress that this instrumental cut ISN’T the Lou Reed cover you might be expecting, that it comes with an Ilya Santana remix plus bonus cut Some Like It Double, and that all three are utterly ace… in a soaring, synth-tastic Italo kinda way. Oops.

Out: This week

About: Well now, No Static do have a website and a Facebook page but there’s not a lot to see there at the moment. I can tell you that this is the work of two Italian disco veterans called Gilberto Caleffi and Erio Simonini, or G-CLEF and E.R.I.O if you will, but that’s all I know…

Mobius Strum –  A Midnight Tale Pt 1

January 26, 2013 in Singles

Mobius Strum A Midnight Tale EP Smiley FingersSome slightly darker vibes than usual from Smiley Fingers here.

The label’s usual forte is the bouncier, happier end of tech-house, but here we take a trip into those more ominous pastures where tech-house and deep, dark techno collide. It’s a three-track EP: White Disorder is bassy and moody, Kick N’ Snare sparse and minimally inclined, Ocean View a notch more house-ified but still in a late-night, slightly edgy kinda way.

Cerebral, connoisseurs-only tackle that may lack immediate, accessible floor appeal, but probably isn’t bothered… with White Disorder the killer for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Smiley Fingers on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.