HouseRiders – Adelaide EP

October 31, 2013 in Singles

HouseRiders Adelaide EP King Street SoundsLast one for tonight so after all that stompery we’ll bow out on a deeper note.

Despite the EP title, what you actually get here is one mix of Adelaide, and four of Nite Grooves. The title cut is a seven-minute workout for dark 3am floors, all near-tribal percussion, endlessly evolving atmospherics and brooding, ominous drama. Nite Grooves in its original form is similarly dark and moody, while on the remix tip Helly Larson’s rub is a smoother, late-night ride, Deeplomatik get deep, down and discofied and then DJ Sydney & Lukez take us back into warmer disco pastures, complete with those pyowwWW! stabs yours truly can never get enough off.

None of my business really, of course, but if I were you I’d turn the lights down and turn this UP. A beast of an EP!

Out: This week

About: Find King Street here, here and here (Soundcloud, FB, web)

Various – Raw Cuts Vol 1

October 31, 2013 in Singles

Raw Cuts Vol 1 Snatch! OFFMore doing what tins say on this EP of no-nonsense dancefloor stompers from Riva Starr’s Snatch! OFF imprint.

Mennie’s opening Yo N’ Da Drum features a strident rap vocal atop a monster technoid bass drum and shuffly hi-hats, with various synths/FX winging their way in and out of the mix to maintain interest for the full 7:25. Clapyahen by Genghis Clan and Bill Kill starts out with just a James Brown soul revue-style “clap your hands, stomp your feet” vocal loop and hand percussion for a full minute… when the kicks and huge, throbbing bassline do kick in, mayhem will ensue. And then Blimas comes with Always We Can Do It, which keeps it ruff n’ jacking but scatters a little wonky disco dust while it’s about it.

When you need to pump it up a notch, any one of these three should do the job nicely.

Out: This week

About: You can find Snatch! Records and Snatch! OFF on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ishak – Tecouse

October 31, 2013 in Singles

large_516032ED178And while we’re in a tech-house mood, now seems like a good time tell you about this latest Endemic Digital offering, which does what it says on the badly spelt tin in no fewer than six different mixes.

The Original is a deep n’ dreamy late-night affair, Jan Cree’s remix is similar but a little more drugged-out and twisted around the edges, Rose Tinted tech it up several notches, Lee Kavanagh goes from deep n’ dubby (inna techno kinda way) to batshit crazy, Chris Worthy is happy just to keep it deep n’ dubby (inna house kinda way) and then finally label boss Wez Saunders gives it a serious injection of rave bass.

Can’t decide whether it’s Wez’s mix, Chris Worthy’s or the original I’m liking the most here… suffice to say that with the range of mixes on offer, deep and tech house jocks of many micro-persuasions should find themselves playing this.

Out: This week

About: Here’s the usual Endemic link then…

Mr Costy – 28

October 31, 2013 in Singles

Mr Costy 28 Family GroovesSome rolling, percussive tech-house vibes to kick us off tonight courtesy of Spain’s Mr Costy and Croatian label Family Grooves.

In its Original form, 28 is yer straight-up Iberican terrace chugger, with a slighty proggy pulse to it and sampled spoken male vox. The CKOS Remix is similar in style but a little more in-your-face about it, Unique (CRO) & Adoo give us a slightly techer rerub, and then best of all there’s the Darkrow Remix, which is more of a dark, sparse afterhours thang.

Out: This week

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

Persian Empire & Ariel Camusso – Time

October 29, 2013 in Singles

Persian Empire Time OD Music GroupMore futuristic, garage-y vibes now courtesy of this Italian duo and Shanghai’s OD Music Group.

“An original take on the house, bass and garage sound” is how the hype the sheet trumpets this one, and they’re not wrong. There are six mixes to choose from and I’m not go into each and every one right now, but expect clipped, steppy beats, timestretched female vocals and of course, lashings of sub-bass. Oh, and there’s a bruk beat mix from 123Mrk, too, for those that like that sort of thing.

It’s the Extended Mix or Persian Empire’s own Dub I’d be reaching for, though.

Out: This week

About: OD Music Group can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Kyle Watson – Throwback EP

October 29, 2013 in Singles

Kyle Watson Throwback EP GruuvSome forward-thinking, garage-inflected grooves to kick us off today from South African producer Kyle Watson.

There are four tracks making up the Throwback EP. The title track rides shuffly beats with lingering Rhodes, treated soulful (male) vocal snips and little stabs of fat UKG-ish bass. You Should brings the UKG influences further to the fore with its blend of sweet female attitude vocals and ruffneck bass, complimented by eerie, off-kilter piano trills and snatches of treated male vox. Two Left Feet operates in similar fashion but is a little bit steppier, while a remix of Throwback by Black Loops that takes us into standard-issue afterhours house/techno territory rounds out the EP.

Nodding to the past but with eyes fixed firmly on the here and now, this is well worth checking.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Audiojack’s label Gruuv, who are based in Leeds and who you can find here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook)

Angelo Draetta – Hype Type EP

October 28, 2013 in Singles

Angelo Draetta Hype Type Headset RecordingsMore quality underground house shizzle now coming from Italy’s Angelo Draetta, who’s impressed previously with releases on Lost My Dog and Savoir Faire. Today, though, he’s doing the do for San Francisco’s Headset Recordings.

Hype Type itself is up first, which in its Original form is a seriously deep groove with a spoken/sung male “step with the four on the floor, that’s why they call it house”, gorgeously lilting, understated percussion and the warmest bassline you could possibly ask for. Marc Cotterell’s remix is a little more upfront and struttin’, with the vocal all but dropped bar some pitched-down snippets, while rounding out the EP is Love Bugs, which is more uptempo again but still keeps the mood plenty deep, making it equally suitable for afterhours floors or for post-club sofa-surfing.

Out: Today

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

Alci – Early Beginnings Part 3

October 28, 2013 in Singles

Alci Early Beginnings Part 3 Robsoul RecordingsDeep, chugging house vibes galore on this four-track EP from Robsoul.

Young Swiss producer Alci is the man at the controls, serving up the primal, drummy and jazz-tinged Jungles Brew, the lazy and sumptuous afterhours rumpshaker, er, Rump Shaker (complete with sampled “come on and give me some more vox) and the cheeky George Benson-biting At Night with its echoes of filter disco/French touch. The best of the lot though to these ears is Drop It, which is a proper lil’ funk-fuelled, Inland Knights-esque dancefloor romp and no mistake guv’nor.

Out: Friday (1 November)

About: Robsoul Recordings is of course Phil Weeks’ label and can be found on Facebook.

DK Watts – I Won’t Let You EP

October 27, 2013 in Singles

DK Watts I Won't Let You EP Beats Me MusicOur last record of the day (and indeed the week) is this two-track, four-mix EP from staunch TIWWD supporter DK Watts, he of Short Bus Kids/Bounce House fame. Today though he’s doing the do not for Bounce House, but for the UK’s own Beats Me Music.

In its original form, I Won’t Let You is a dreamy, late-night deep house groove with long, lingering pads, echo-y female vocal snips and gently meandering keys; label boss Rob Clarke’s BMM Mix then ups the pace and beefs up the kicks a little, making for a more obviously floor-friendly pass. Over on the B, Everyone is a more driving affair with a 3am, heads-down kinda feel to its relentless rolling percussion, which comes topped with ‘everybody… all right!’ vocal snips, resonating piano chords and snatches of jazzy sax. Middle Rhythm, AKA UK producer Tom Pearson who’s featured on here just once before, then comes out of  nowhere with a Middle Rhythm Re-Rub of the same that absolutely kills it, a proper jazz-fuelled slammer that harks back to the deeper side of the UKG canon.

The first three tracks are merely very good; Middle Rhythm’s mix is essential.

Out: This week

About: Find Beats Me Music on Facebook.

S!lk & Spieltape feat Coranny – My Heart

October 27, 2013 in Singles

S!lk & Spieltape My Heart Highway RecordsOrgans galore on the original mix of the title track here, with the headline pulsing M1 underpinned by warbling Hammonds as hints of soulful vocal both male and female do battle over the top. It’s an unusual combination for sure, but it most definitely works!

Inxec supplies a remix of My Heart that’s a little less techified than you might expect, though it’s decidedly glitchier and more stuttery than the smoothly rolling original, the organs superseded by all manner of wonky synths. You also get three mixes of Hold You. The original’s another soulful deep house groove with more of those killer Hammond sounds, Dale Howard’s remix beefs up the beats and strips it down for the deep dancefloors, while the Adam Antine Remix is a more subdued, abstract kinda pass.

It’s Dale’s mix of Hold You or the original of My Heart all the way for me here.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spieltape’s own Highway Records, who are based in Moscow and can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.