Evan Iff – Minor Luck EP

February 27, 2013 in Singles

Evan Iff Minor Luck EP Something DifferentNext up, we keep it nice and deep, but move into housier, more soul-leaning pastures courtesy of Something Different and Evan Iff, a producer who’s got several goodies upcoming so keep ’em peeled…

On this occasion, he brings us a three-track EP. Likely is a sparse but pulsing cut with a treated, R&B-ish male vocal, plenty of low-end throb and some nice minor piano chords, while Minor Luck itself operates in similar territory, sans the vocal but with the addition of some wonky space-disco synth stabs and an almost rave/jungle-ish buzzin’ b-line. All good clean, now-sounding fun. But the killer here for me is Nono, a more trad-sounding cut reminiscent of the jazzier end of (very) early UK garage.

If you’ve got any old Nice N’ Ripe, Catch 22 or Deep Trouble vinyl on your shelves, you’re gonna love this one.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different – now run by Jesus Pablo and Rob Mayman, following the departure of Di Riviera – on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Sam Chorlton – Shadows

February 27, 2013 in Singles

Sam Chorlton Shadows Sounds Of JuanAfter some uncompromising deepness from Lucidflow last night (see below), we continue in a not dissimilar vein today with this latest from Sounds Of Juan.

There are four mixes of Shadows to choose from. Truth be told they don’t differ hugely, with rumbling bass and crisp (909?) kicks the basic story throughout, but Luis Mollinedo’s Bonne Soiree Remix does ditch the piercing high-end synths, while Teknobrat introduces a little subtle acid to his mix.

Generally speaking, though, any one of the four will serve you well… as long as you were actually AFTER some seriously deep techno, that is. Deadmau5 and Skrillex fans will probably want to look elsewhere!

Out: This week

About: Sounds Of Juan is of course the techno branch of the Endemic Digital tree.

Nadja Lind & Paul Loraine – Making A Difference [Remixed]

February 26, 2013 in Singles

Nadja Lind Paul Loraine Making A Difference LucidflowIt’s been a long, hectic day, so just the one review tonight, and we’re gonna head into deep but house-ified techno territory with this latest from the ever-excellent Lucidflow, featuring some big name remixes of a cut that was first out in 2011 (er, I’m told, must have passed yours truly by at the time).

The original of Making A Difference puts several contrasting vocals – a woman talking about “making a difference, leading a more compasstionate life,” Arab-sounding female wails and blues-y male woahs – over crisp beats and an ominous, yet strangely comforting bassline. The Helmut Erbritsch remix is quite similar but perhaps with a little more big room drama, while Funk D’Void takes us into funk-fuelled Detroit-y pastures and the mighty Silicone Soul serve up a Hypnohouse Dub that does very much what it says on the tin, bringing the ethereal arabesque vox to the fore and adding all manner of subtle bleeps and wibbles to keep fried minds guessing.

For me, it’s a toss-up between the Original and the Silicon Soul rub but truth be told, there’s not a duff cut in sight. A superb package.

Out: This week

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

Rober Gaez & Diavlo – The Trip

February 24, 2013 in Singles

Rober Gaez & Diavlo The Trip Smiley FingersMore from the ever-excellent Smiley Fingers here…

Smiley Fingers do tuff but decidedly funky tech-house better than most, to these ears, and The Trip is no exception… a rolling, energetic affair with a spoken vocal that sounds like it’s from a 1950s “business secrets of successful people” lecture or something. Over on the B, meanwhile, Integral is in a similar vein and indeed would programme well immediately thereafter, having less vocal (though there are the odd snatches here and there, largely indecipherable apart from the occasional ‘DJ!’ shout) and more pounding kicks.

A very solid bet for those heads-down, c’mon let’s ride this motherfucker through till dawn moments…

Out: This week

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

Various – Flat Mates EP

February 24, 2013 in Singles

Various Flat Mates EP Audiowhore RecordsSpeaking of V/A EPs and Ibiza (see below), here’s another three-tracker, this one coming from Audiowhore Records and featuring a track called I’m Going DC10. And if you think that was a rather clumsy segue, then you’ve clearly never heard me DJing!

The aforesaid I’m Going DC10 comes from Mix Kidd Music, and is a dark, throbbing deep/tech houser with a distinctive low-pitched “underground dance music” spoken vocal sample, as well as a counterpointing snatch of more soulful vocal that almost certainly isn’t saying “go flip out at McDonalds”, only now I’ve thought that once it’s all I can hear. Sicker Than Average has another treated spoken vocal in a vaguely hip-house style riding another big, throbbing b-line that’s squelchy to the point of being obscene (in a good way), while finally Luke Larrell & Jack McKinson’s Oh Yeah is more big system bizniss with a nod to the old skool in its use of a treated “jack your body” vocal sample.

Coming from three artists all of whom are new names to me, this is contemporary-style peaktime house music at its finest. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: This is only the second release from Audiowhore Records, which is headed up by Rinse FM DJ MA1 and which is apparently the label arm of a night of the same name. Only link I can find right now is on Facebook.

Various – #391 EP

February 24, 2013 in Singles

No. 391 EP King Street SoundsAfter the recent No. 387 EP, King Street continue with the numerical nomenclature for this new three-tracker that once again showcases up-and-coming European talent.

The EP kicks off with Survive from my old Spanish friend Edmund. Featuring Ramon Riera on sax, Survive is a gloriously uplifting slab of good old-fashioned vocal, disco-fuelled primetime house music. Chocolate Avenue’s Fresh Like 99 drops a notch deeper but operates in similarly classic-sounding territory with its rumbling funky bassline, meandering jazz-funk/Balearic geetar and no-nonsense kicks, while finally Steve Wu feat Soro Sori’s Afternoon is a percussive roller topped with mournful trumpet, tailormade for those Ibiza terrace sessions.

A more trad-sounding effort than No. 387, then, but just as worthy of your attention.

Out: This week

About: Find King Street on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Stelios Vassiloudis – Hunger

February 23, 2013 in Singles

SWIFT101 smallSome cool stripped-down house/techno grooves here courtesy of Greek producer Stelios Vassiloudis, who’s previously had stuff out on Bedrock, and worked with the likes of Jon Digweed and Nick Warren.

Today he serves up Hunger, which rides a hip-swayin’ midtempo rhythm with an interesting combination of deep techno-style sub-aquatic synth sounds and jazzy female, French-sounding vocals, making for a cut that’d be perfect for warm-up or very late night play. Over on the B, meanwhile, there’s a Release The Techno Mix that, unsurprisingly, utilises tuffer percussion and has a more urgent vibe overall.

The A-side’s the one for me here, though, winning favour for the way it combines familiar sounds in a novel way.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Swift Records, a label that was founded back in 2000 by one George Pallikaris. They’ve been on hiatus since 2005, but are now back in the game and can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Luke Solomon – Beyond Therapy Vol 1

February 23, 2013 in Singles

Luke Solomon Beyond Therapy Fullbarr DigitalOur last little jaunt in the time machine now, as we head wa-aay back to the late 80s, and the glory days of acid house.

Take those classic, never-tiring 909 and 303 sounds. Put them in the hands of one of the UK’s most respected house producers, ie Classic/Freaks man Solomon. Get him to work his magic, then put the strobe-lit concoctions he comes up with out on one of the UK’s most uncompromisingly underground labels, namely Arthur Barr’s Fullbarr Digital.

The result is a four-track EP that sounds exactly like you’d expect, and every bit as good. The unashamed acieeed nostalgia of Pop Rocks and deeper, now-with-added-organs Look Back stand out, but the militant, Relief-ish Hoover Bag and Detroit-tinged Crash Beat are a pretty long way from shoddy too.

Out: This week

About: You can find Fullbarr Digital on Soundcloud, on Facebook or their own blog.

Or of course in TIWWD’s original hometown of Bradford, where news of yet another glowing TIWWD review will be eclipsed tomorrow by the news that the mighty Bantams have beaten Swansea 4-0 in the Capital One Cup final. Well, a lad can dream…

UDNTPRTY – Good Ol’ Somethin’

February 23, 2013 in Singles

UDNTPRTY Good Ol' Somethin' Bid MuzikSeeing as our time machine’s currently visiting the late 90s (see below), it’d be churlish of us not to take in some filter disco while we’re here!

Which also gives me the opportunity to make an observation,namely, that recently the output of labels like Bid Muzik (who bring us this), Stardust and Nocturnal Music has been taking a decided turn for the deeper. Let’s not get carried away – Good Ol’ Somethin’ isn’t likely to crop up in Moodymann or Maurice Fulton sets anytime soon. But it IS symptomatic of a current wave of filter disco that’s moving away from the brash, hi-octane sounds of recent years, towards something a little more musical and luxuriant – more akin to first-wave disco-house from the mid-90s, before the likes of Modjo came along and spoiled it. Which is of course A Good Thing.

Just the one mix so th-th-th-that’s all, folks.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sean Biddle’s Chicago-based Bid Muzik on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jordan Peak – It’s Time/Hanging By A Thread

February 23, 2013 in Singles

Jordan Peak It's Time Air LondonIf revisiting vintage US dark garage from 95 doesn’t appeal (see below), how about a trip back just a few less years to the speed garage glory days of 97-98?

Cos the hype sheet can call It’s Time ‘deep house’ all it wants, just listen to that bassline! Not to mention the chopped-up snippets of female vocal and those twittering, paranoia-inducing high-end synth trills à la Gunman. The Argy Remix, operating in similar territory,  even applies some Spin Spin Sugar-esque timestretching to the vocal.

Elsewhere on the EP, the Ultrasone Remix is a more contemporary-souning deep/tech pass while Hanging By A Thread kinda sits somewhere between the two and adds a little acid for good measure. But it’s those first two retro-tastic rubs that are doing it best for me.  Four-button suits, loafers and Moët at the ready, people…

Out: This week

About: This comes on Air London.