Stefan Kaye – Some Loving EP

September 30, 2013 in Singles

Stefan Kaye Some Loving EP Sounds Of JuanMore fine, fairly uptempo house grooves here courtesy of Stefan Kaye and Sounds Of Juan.

In The Flow gets the EP started, a sundown-at-Bora-Bora kinda cut with understated Balearic keys and soft, rolling drums. But it’s Moving All Night that first really grabs the attention, a sumptuous and musical affair topped with dreamy female vocal sample (“tonight I’m…”) but centred around an irresistible ass-shakin’ bass/synth riff. Night Theme, also pretty much an order to dance, marries busy but muted percussion to another hefty bass hook, while Some Lovin’ Tonight is another languid, Balearically inclined outing, and then finally with To The Point we’re back to the big, rumblin’ basslines again, this time topped with little sax doodles.

It’s Moving All Night and Night Theme that are the killers here for me but that’s a purely personal viewpoint – this is strong package all round.

Out: Today

About: You know the score with Sounds Of Juan by now…

Cristoph – Guffaz

September 30, 2013 in Singles

Cristoph Guffaz EP DFTDNow, y’see, when I’m playing tracks to review them I never look at the hype sheet, not until I’ve made my mind up about the music. That way you can’t be swayed by what label it’s on.

So today, there I was listening to this three-track EP of rather fine energetic, bassy house music and bouncing around quite happily in my seat and thinking, this is cool, I’ll review this. And as I’ve not come across Cristoph before and as there are just three originals and no ‘name’ remixes, there’s me thinking it was probably from some uber-hip East London label or something… and then I looked and it turns out to be on Defected.

Who are based in East London, but… well, Simon Dunmore himself once said to me, “We’ll never be a cool label in certain people’s eyes” so you know what I’m saying. Anyway yeah, three rock-solid dancefloor bouncers here, with the M1-tinged Dunka just edging it for me, though the title track with its chopped-up fem vox would be a close second and Surprised You, with its teeny-tiny hints of a certain First Choice vocal, isn’t to be sniffed at either!

Defected set up their DFTD off-shoot with the stated aim of showcasing up-and-coming talent and more forward-leaning sounds. In this instance, I’d say they’d succeeded admirably.

Out: Today

About: DFTD can be found (and this can be heard) on Soundcloud or of course the parent website is here.

Various – Ladylike Vol 3

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Ladylike Vol 3 Shoes, Bags & BoysWith Ariane Blank having impressed so much with her remixes lately, it seems churlish not to give a shout to this latest V/A set from her Shoes, Bags & Boys label.

Four tracks on offer. Ms Blank herself is up first with You Don’t Even Know Me, nothing to do with the Armand classic of the same name but rather a deep, techy midtempo instrumental groove centred around woodblock-ish percussion and phased chords. Similarly plonky drum sounds adorn Words And Dreams from ChixUnighted, which truth be told operates in very similar territory all round, albeit here the percussion gets a bit glitchy for yours truly in places. Clara Noemi then takes us into afterhours territory with Lost Body, which starts out all deep n’ dubby then adds layers of synthy oddness, all topped with a looping male “I feel ’em… it’s okay” (I think he’s saying) male vocal, while finally Om Phonic’s Serpentine is a sparse, wonky, minimal-leaning cut.

It’s You Don’t Even Know Me that’s the killer here for me, though.

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Something For You Vol 3

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Something For You Volume 3 Something DifferentMore fine deep n’ techy house grooves on this latest in Something Different’s series of V/A eps.

Evan Iff is up first with Minor Luck, which (in Justin Harris Remix form, at least) is a sumptuous female-vocalled affair sitting right on the deep house/garage borderline. Junior Gee’s Stop And Spin [Funkdamentalist Remix] is a techier, glitcher and drummier cut, while Matches gives us Get Loose [Terry Grant’s Couples Only Remix], a seriously chunky, funky deep house dancefloor stomper. Skeleton Army are up next with Version X [Pete Moss Remix], an atmospheric cut probably best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while bringing the EP to a close is WLF’s Triplete M [Leigh Clark Remix], a proper journey of a track that marries dreamy disco elements to no-nonsense beats and a seriously ass-shakin’ bottom end.

If pushed, it’s the latter track and Minor Luck that stand out, but only just – this is sterling stuff throughout, making this definitely one to check.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Helder Teixera – Last Chance EP

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixera Last Chance EP Sofa Lounge MusicThe man like Helder Teixera steps up to the plate for his own Sofa Lounge Music, and delivers a four-track EP that shows just what varied things he’s capable of.

Big One is up first, a bumpin’, bassy affair with scattish fem vox and killer jazzy keys that sits somewhere between UK garage and Transport/Salted/etc-style west coast house and comes topped with what sounds like it might be Louis Armstrong talking, while Don’t Be Ashamed is a more straight-up, near-instrumental deep/tech house chugger with tiny hints of some classic vocals in the background (won’t spoil it). The Groove continues in the garage-y mood, being essentially an homage to vintage New Jersey, while Time To Get Up, with its big bouncy b-line and R&B’ish vox, could be filed under contempoary deep/tech house or classic UKG as you see fit. Not sure about that second, spoken vocal though…

All the same, with four tracks that are stylistically varied but bouncy and groovy throughout, what’s not to like here?

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 8 October.

About: Find Sofa Lounge here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Feft – So Long

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Feft So Long Deep8 RecordingsNo fewer than six mixes to choose from on this latest from Deep8.

I’m not going into every one, though. Because while the original is a perfectly playable slice of deep/tech house, with proggy overtones and a heavily treated, looping female vocal… and while Paul Matthews, Moojaa, Jamie Haus and J.A.M serve up equally playable variations on the theme… the standout by far here is the Low Steppa Remix, which from 1.30 onwards throws some proper bass filth into the mix, along with an additional female vocal.

The result is one of the best collisions between deep house and UK bass I’ve heard in a long while, and the leader of the pack on this release beyond a shadow of doubt. Though Moojaa’s rub ain’t half bad either…

Out: This week

About: Find Deep8 Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Alexander Vogt – Punch Time

September 28, 2013 in Singles

Alexander Vogt Punch Time AquasoundMeanwhile from Deep’s sister label Aquasound this week comes this nice simple two-tracker from Swiss-based Italian producer Alexander Vogt.

Techier, more driving house grooves are the order of the day on this one. Punch Time itself is a sparse but funky affair that should appeal to deep and tech house lovers alike, only its metronomic rhythm edging it towards the latter side of the tracks. Over on the B, meanwhile, Back-Up Coochie tops relentlessly rolling tech percussion with R&B-ish male vocal snips, then layers up all manner of other heavily treated vocal samples, making this one to shut your eyes and get lost in on late, late floors.

Two very solid cuts, making it two must-checks in a row from the Liquid Music stable today.

Out: This week

About: Here’s where you can find Aquasound on the world wide information superhighway.

Philip Stirzaker – Boot

September 28, 2013 in Singles

Philip Stirzakis Boot DeepAnother very fine deep house three-tracker here, this one coming from Miami-based label Deep.

Boot is an atmospheric, fairly late-night kinda cut laden with warm chords and crisp percussion, though bright hi-hats and piercing siren sounds ensure its natural environment is still probably in the club rather than those post-club sofa sessions. Bump is a deeper, more garage-tinged affair with keys to die for and chopped female “ahs” by way of a vocal, while closing the EP is Cruiser, a proper driftaway number with a decidedly Chicago-esque analogue b-line and a Funk Phenomenon-esque looping “who’s the cruiser now?” male vocal.

Quality stuff as ever from Deep, with Bump the standout for me.

Out: This week

About: Deep is, as you probably know by now, part of the Liquid Music stable.

Harry Arnold – Flutter EP

September 28, 2013 in Singles

Harry Arnold Flutter EP Evo MusicSome pleasingly raw-sounding deep house vibes on this three-track EP from new kid on the block Harry Arnold, who (I’ve just found out) hails from TIWWD’s home town of Bristol.

Flutter pays homage to vintage US deep house of yore, taking its name presumably from the E2E4-ish chirps and flutters that compliment the understated beats and lingering chords throughout. Both SOA and The Things are a lil’ more driving and dancefloor-oriented but still plenty deep, both (like the title track) sticking firmly to the ‘less is more’ ethos.

Classic-style headnoddin’ grooves for deep house connoisseurs, would be the overall verdict on this one.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of London’s Evo Music, who you can find here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Ziggy Funk – When In Vegas EP

September 27, 2013 in Singles

Ziggy Funk When In Vegas EP FavouritizmA superbly musical three-tracker here from Ziggy Funk, coming to you courtesy of Favouritizm Records.

Free Your Mind is up first, essentially a smooth jazz-funk cruiser set to a crisp house beat, all parping sax, warbling Hammond chords and live bass that tips the subtlest of nods to Expansions. There’s more of the bass-and-Hammond action on Red 32 Max’d, albeit at a slightly more leisurely pace, while closer City Of Sin is a more downtempo, meandering affair with vibes Mr Ayers himself would proud of, layers of ambient sound (traffic noise etc) giving this one a nice atmospheric, driftaway kinda feel.

Jazz-fuelled house vibes at their finest… go seek.

Out: On general release this week, though promos have been knockin’ around on Traxsource for a week or two I believe.

About: Find Favouritizm, headed up by four-foot chirpy cockney cheeky chappess Sarah Foote, here.