Distortion Inc – They Get Down EP

May 31, 2013 in Singles

Distortion Inc They Get Down EP Electric Sheep RecordingsNext up tonight, and calming the pace somewhat, here’s a three-tracker from Chicago producer Distortion Inc, who last featured on here with a release on DeepWit back in December.

They Get Down itself is a fairly mellow deep house affair, with an understated but funky b-line, snippets of chopped-up vocals and, as the track nears the end, some gorgeous long, lingering string sweeps. Also keeping things pretty sedate (despite the title) is Still Bangin’, deep house in the classic Chi-town style with pads that just don’t stop topped with a sampled hip-hop vox. But then just before you get too comfortable and snuggly, along comes closer Untitled Acid, which… well, you don’t really need me to explain what a record from Chicago called Untitled Acid sounds like, surely?

So all told that’ll be three tracks of quality deep and acid house direct from the Windy City, then. What’s not to love?

Out: This week

About: This comes on Mitch Davis and Lee Waxman’s ever-checkable Electric Sheep Recordings, who you can find on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Lissat & Voltax – On Your Feet

May 31, 2013 in Singles

Lissat & Voltax On Your Feet Great StuffMore uptempo tech-house grooves here courtesy of Great Stuff.

In its original form, On Your Feet is a tuff but discofied affair that marries rock-solid kicks with a throbbing, almost Moroder-esque bassline, crowd noise and treated, raspy, “dance to the beat and get on your feet” vocals, with a big, dramatic breakdown in the middle. The Mike Young & Savi Leon Remix is a more rolling pass with busier percussion that chops and loops the vocal, while the Groovebox is, well, just tuffer all round, basically.

Warm-up jocks and sofa-surfers need not apply… this is strictly peaktime bizniss right here. Drop it at the right time and mayhem may well ensue.

Out: This week

About: Here’s where to find Great Stuff online.

Anton Stellz – Sophistry

May 31, 2013 in Singles

Anton Stellz Sophistry DropsSome tuffer, techno-fied bizniss now courtesy of a producer who’s previously had stuff out on Baroque, apparently, though that’s about as much as I can tell you about him.

No matter though, what I can tell you is that Sophistry in its original form is a dark and almost frantically driving, pulsing affair that’s nonetheless got da funk for sure, and as such could work on a wide variety of floors in and around the tech-house/prog/techno arena. If you want it a notch or two deeper, then head for the Aerodynamic Xpress Remix, which maintains the high tempo but is a little less paranoia-inducing. I did say ‘a little’, mind you…

But if you can’t have it dark and pounding on a Friday night then when can you, eh?

Out: This week

About: This comes on Drops, which in their own words is the ‘techno and minimal’ arm of the many-tentacled beast that is Miami’s Liquid Inc stable.

Guri – Save The Distance EP

May 31, 2013 in Singles

Guri Save The Distance EP Depaart LimitedSome lush, melodic vibes here coming from the place where deep house, prog and (yes!) pop start making eyes at each other on the dancefloor.

On the A, Don’t Save The Distance itself is a midtempo affair that chugs along nicely with crisp beats and nice fat, warm bass topped with a dreamy female vocal that reminds me somewhat of Roisin Murphy singing Cannot Contain This. Or possibly Billie Ray Martin singing Persuasion. You get the idea.

Moving on, Random on the flip is a techier ride in a spaced-out, dubby kinda way, while rounding out the EP is a remix of the same from Spain’s Georgeous that largely dispenses with the tripped-out FX in favour of a chunkier b-line and snippets of more of those dramatic, torch-y female vocals.

It’s the original mix of Random that’s the killer for me, though.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Depaart Limited, which funnily enough is a new offshoot of Madrid’s Depaart. Click the link for their website or find ’em on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Roy Davis Jr – Men From The Nile Pt 3

May 31, 2013 in Singles

Roy Davis Jr Men From The Nile Cha Cha Project RecordingsBeing someone who’s both a househead and a lifelong reggae lover, it’s always disappointed me that you don’t hear more fusions of the two. So this dubby workout from Roy Davis Jr, complete with conscious lyrics (or ‘wisdom chant’ as the hype sheet would have it) from his brother J Noize, was a more than welcome arrival in the TIWWD inbox.

Not sure what the deal was with parts 1 and 2, but Men From The Nile Part 3 consists of four mixes of a track called They Won’t See. Personally, I’d give the main mix with its somewhat incongruous rap from Infinite a swerve, and head for the chunky and fairly self-explanatory Dub Mix, or the slightly more upbeat Tek or Tekstrumental mixes. No rap here… just heavy bass and skankin’ riddim, seen?

Irie. Ahem.

Out: This week

About: This comes atcha courtesy of Cha Cha Project Recordings, who seem to mostly live on Facebook.

Thieving scumbags

May 30, 2013 in Singles

This Is Why We Dance has been burgled so no reviews tonight! Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

Angelo Mele – My Folder/Soul 90s

May 29, 2013 in Singles

Angelo Mele My Folder Different AttitudesCompleting a hat trick of quality house music from TIWWD’s ‘usual suspects’ labels tonight is this neat little two-tracker from Different Attitudes.

My Folder is a jaunty number with a main riff played on what I think are marimbas, and chopped-up female vocals used in voice-as-instrument fashion. Over on the B, meanwhile, Soul 90s has a similar marimba (?) riff but rides tuffer kicks and uses male vocal snips. And both tracks have ‘summer’ written all over them.

If only we could say the same about the UK weather right now…

Out: This week

About: Different Attitudes is a fairly new label but is brought to you by Jesus Pablo and Wez Saunders, of Something Different and Endemic Digital fame respectively. And you don’t get much more ‘usual TIWWD suspects’ than that… anyway, hit ’em up on Facebook whydon’tcha?

Submantra & DJ Umbi – Give It Up EP

May 29, 2013 in Singles

Submantra & DJ Umbi Give It Up EP Savoir Faire MusiqueNext up we keep it nice and deep but on a more musical/soulful tip, with the latest from Savoir Faire Musique.

Give It Up itself is a lively, percussive affair with jazzy keys and a male “oo-oo-ooh house music” vocal, that you can imagine working on the soulful as well as the deep house floors. It’s actually B-side Big Class that’s my fave here, though. A dreamy, drifty affair with lingering chords and floaty female vocal snips in its original form, it comes complete with a remix from Lost My Dog regular Tom Lown, who gives the track a somewhat more ‘epic’ feel while simultaneously embracing elements of (nu) disco.

Smooth grooves that’ll be equally at home in warm-up sets or on weary 6am floors.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Previous Experts – In Deep We Trust

May 29, 2013 in Singles

Previous Experts In Deep We Trust Unrivaled MusicWe were talking yesterday about Tony Stevenson, when I described him as “one of my current favourite producers/remixers”. Well, I stand by those words… but just to prove that I don’t actually have Tony Stevenson pillowcases, it’s not his mix of this latest from Unrivaled Music that I’m feeling the most.

No, I think that honour has to go to the Deep Down In Kentish Town Edit, which is SO stripped-down, dubby and uncompromisingly, well, deep, that it would probably frighten small children. The slightly smoother original’s pretty much ‘specialists only’ tackle, too, making these two the standouts for me. The Tony S rub (a funkified pass with carnival-esque percussion),  the more percussive Dario Emme Remix and the retro-leaning acid n’ pianos of the Tony V Remix – are positively sunny and uplifting by comparison.

Oh yeah, and you’ll know this when you hear it by the spoken vocal that goes “we only got funky tunes baby… we call it deep.” By the way.

Out: This week

About: As you know, Unrivaled Music is part of the Endemic stable.

Various – We Are Smiley Vol 8

May 28, 2013 in Singles

We Are Smiley Vol 8 Smiley FingersRegular TIWWD readers will know that I’m a bit of a fan of Smiley Fingers generally…  so it’ll come as no surprise that this latest installment in the label’s ‘best of’ EP series gets the thumbs-up (see what I did there?) from yours truly.

It is worth pointing out, however, that there’s been a noticeable shift in direction over at Smiley HQ in recent months. Where once the label’s speciality was party-hearty tech-house with a big silly grin on its face, lately they’ve been ploughing a somewhat deeper, darker, dare I say more grown-up furrow. And it  shows in this latest label comp, particularly on tracks like Adam Helder’s No Ifs No Buts or Mobius Strum’s Kick N’ Snare.

That said, there are cuts like Larry Cadge’s My Roots and Rick Sanders’ Turn It Up to keep the big-silly-grinning masses happy, too… making this collection, which also features tracks from Dave Seaman & Andy Chatterley, Hauswerks & Seve, Rober Gaez & Diavlo and Sami Wentz, pretty hard to fault all round really.

Out: This week

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