Ejeca – Life In Flux EP

April 29, 2013 in Singles

Ejeca Life in Flux EP 2020VisionAnd here comes yet another slab of garage goodness courtesy of Ejeca. I’ll be digging out my old Nice N’ Ripe, Confetti and Smokin’ Beats twelves at this rate (or I would be if they weren’t in boxes ready to move house right now, but that’s another story).

Compared to the revival-tastic Rhodes & Brown and Low Steppa releases below, Ejeca’s contribution to tonight’s garage-fest here at TIWWD is a bit more contemporary sounding, a tad more ‘nu garage’ if you will, but there’s nowt wrong with moving things forward! Agent Of The Deep tops gorgeously skippy, shuffly percussion with atmospheric synth washes, chopped-up fem vox and snatches of ambient speech, Jump is a frenetic lil’ cut designed to make you do just that,  while Purnsley goes the other way and takes us into deeper, more late-night pastures.

If pushed though I’d pick Home as a fave… purely because contrary to what I just said, that is an out-and-out retro groover, in this case an organ-flecked gem with cut-up vox that reminds me of Donna Dee circa Spellbound. And given that I personally rate Spellbound as one of the most criminally overlooked dance music artist albums of all time, that’s praise indeed from me!

Out: Today

About: Was surprised to see this comes on 2020Vision, who did seem to have been pursuing a more techno-leaning direction of late. Good to see them back on the deeper tip! Anyway here’s the usual Facebook, Soundcloud and website links.

Low Steppa – It’s The Way

April 29, 2013 in Singles

smallMore garage-y goodness now, this time coming on the UK’s Deep 8 Recordings.

In its Original form, It’s The Way rocks skippy beats, chopped fem vox and an organ line that could have come straight from a long-lost Morel’s Grooves EP. The Surreal Pill Edit keeps the vintage garage-y feel, adding some killer Rhodes action, while finally Bluford Duck’s remix takes us more into deep house territory, though a big, buzzy b-line ensures the retro vibe of the rest of the EP remains in full effect.

Another must-have to go with the Rhodes & Brown below, then – this week’s getting off to a great start…

Out: Today

About: Here’s the usual links for Deep 8, then – web Facebook Soundcloud.

Rhode & Brown – Joyride EP

April 29, 2013 in Singles

Rhode & Brown Joyride EP Toy TonicSome fine garage-y vibes for ya tonight, kicking off with this three-track, four-mix EP on Toy Tonics. Rhode & Brown may hail from Munich (Friedrich Trede and Stephan Michael Braun) but this record could easily have been made in the USA 20 years ago. And if it’s good enough for an ageing garage snob like me…

Under Your Spell opens proceedings, a slice of raw electronic soul redolent of vintage Movin’ or Eight Ball that comes with a remix from another Deutsch duo, Kyodai, that’s even rawer in texture, albeit the snares and hi-hats go a bit overboard on their rub for yours truly. No matter, the Original will do just fine thanks, while Floating Visit (revisiting a deeper side of old US garage à la Strobe) and Joyride (more reminiscent of early UKG circa 95/96) round out what’s a frankly excellent EP.

Out: Today

About: This is Toy Tonic’s first appearance on TIWWD, so I should tell you that they’re based in Berlin and this is their eighth release. You can find out more by hitting ’em up on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Martijn – No Way Out

April 28, 2013 in Singles

Martijn No Way Out LeftwingWas just talking about Deep Edition boss Martijn a couple of days ago, saying his mix of Claudio AKA Clod’s Who Do You Love? was surprisingly upbeat and dancefloor-ish compared to his usual output.

Here though he serves up an EP for fledgling UK label Left Wing that sees him back in more familiar uber-deep territory. Not to say that the Original mix of No Way Out wouldn’t move bodies on the right floors – very late in the dedicated deep spots, I’m thinking – but 1am down your local Ritzy’s cattlemarket this certainly is not. Thankfully! As for the Romulus Schwarz remix thereof, or the other two cuts Chasing Chords and Two Tone 101, those see us firmly in ‘sofa and a spliff’ territory. But since when did you ever hear of TIWWD complaining about that?

Serious heads’ tackle as ever from Martijn, then.

Out: This week

About: Left Wing Recordings can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Harem Tone – Love.0

April 28, 2013 in Singles

Harem Tone Love.0 ToneKontrolSome deep n’ techy vibes here from Irish producer Harem Tone, coming on his own ToneKontrol.

Love.0 itself is a slow-moving, cinematic, indie-dance-ish kind of affair with one of  those downpitched/heavily treated vocals that are so en vogue at the moment. But for me B-side Follow Me is better by far, a quirky lil’ afterhours bubbler with some nice fat squelchy bass.

And I’m very partial to some nice fat bass. With or without the b! 🙂

Out: This week

About: You can find ToneKontrol on Facebook and Soundcloud. This is only their second release so show some love people!

Jesse Oliver – Oceans EP

April 28, 2013 in Singles

jesse oliver - oceans (discotexas) coverPortugal’s Discotexas label bring us an EP here from Finnish producer Jesse Oliver.

Now, the hype sheet insists on calling the three tracks here – Oceans itself, a remix of the same from Mirror People and bonus cut Nicodemus – ‘modern disco’ and ‘disco-infused electronic music’ and so on, but for all it’s gotta the shimmering stabs and the soaring overall feel and whatnot, try as I might I can’t make them sound like anything other than spangly, Balearic-style progressive house to these ears.

So we’ll have to settle for spangly, Balearic-style progressive house done well, with a lil’ bit of a disco sheen. Then again, all house music’s just disco at the end of the day, innit?

Out: This week

About: You can find Discotexas on such popular social media portals as Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Nir Shoshani – Singular EP

April 28, 2013 in Singles

Nir Shohani Singular EP Punch MusicGonna try and rattle quite quickly through a few bits tonight… TIWWD is in the middle of packing to move house at the moment and time is short.

Kicking off tonight then we have a five-tracker from Israel’s Nir Shoshani, coming of course on Punch Music – the label he co-owns that’s been making a serious impact on the world techno stage these past couple of years. The darkly melodic and constantly evolving Midnight Sail would be my pick, but the chunkier Sinai is also pretty groovy in a Bladerunner-esque kinda way, while collabs with Roland M Dill and the legendary Funk D’Void (the disco-stabbed Scorpio’s Theme) should serve to pique the interest of many buyers, too.

Out: This week

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

Demarkus Lewis – U Never Know

April 27, 2013 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis U Never Know Something DifferentYou know you’ve been doing this shit FAR too long when you remember reviewing an artist’s early releases and bigging ’em up as a ‘hot new talent’, then over a decade later you find yourself writing things like “something of a coup for Something Different as they enlist the services of scene veteran Demarkus Lewis”. As I did back around the turn of the millennium, and am doing now, respectively.

Still, at least it means I was right all those years ago! Anyway, three mixes of U Never Know to choose from. The original’s a stuttery, skippy affair with treated male vocal snips and some cool organ-y synth sounds, while Evan Iff strips things down and dubs ’em out on his remix, also adding a trippy ‘elevator voice’ intro. But it’s the even more dubbed-out Jamie Funk rub that’s floating my boat the most. A certified 4am dark floor groover that just demands you tune in, turn on and bounce out…

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Deymare – Nightlights EP

April 27, 2013 in Singles

Deymare Nightlights Deso RecordsThe latest from the ever-checkable Deso Records here.

In total, you get two originals plus a remix from label boss Deso himself, AKA Brian Løgstrup. Said originals are fine and dandy: Nightlight sits somewhere between classic Chi-town deep and more recent Balearic/slo-mo tackle, while Precious Thing is in a similar vein but ploughs a slightly more soulful furrow, if you’ll pardon the horribly mixed metaphor, what with its R&B-ism male background vocals and mellifluous vibes (as in the instrument… and it could be a xylophone come to that, who knows?).

But the real reason this is here, is the Deso Remix, wherein Brian tuffens up the beats but simultaneously takes us into warmer, more seductive territory. Deep house par excellence.

Out: It just says ‘April’, so sometime in the last few weeks, is the best I can tell you. Or possibly sometime between now and Wednesday, who knows?

About: You can find Deso Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Or in Odense, Denmark, should you happen to be passing that way.

Deephope – In The Bed EP

April 27, 2013 in Singles

Deephope In The Bed EP Unrivaled MusicSomething for lovers of deep house of many different shades on this three-track EP from Unrivaled Music.

The instrumental In The Bed itself, with its Balearic-y kinda feel, will suit those who like it hypnotic and a little bit proggy around the edges. If it’s that very current, cool deep/tech house sound in the east London/Berlin vein you’re after, then head for I Wanna Be With You, which comes complete with slightly indie-ish vox. My pick, though, would be Fast Food – a more funked-up affair with some killer garage-y organ sounds.

Still, horses for courses as they say and with tracks to suit a range of tastes, this is well worth checking.

Out: This week

About: Unrivaled is, as you know, part of the Endemic stable. And Deephope is from Spain, just so’s ya know.