Haze-M – Miss My Love

December 23, 2013 in Singles

Haze-M Miss My Love Erase RecordsA nice easy one to end on for the night cos there’s just the one mix…

Haze-M – somewhat annoyingly, another Share Records artist! – is the man at the controls, serving up a sultry midtempo gem that sits right on the cusp of deep house and nu-disco, and that sports a soulful male “you’re gonna miss my love” vocal that’s almost certainly sampled from someone ridiculously famous, but sorry, my trainspotting powers are failing me on this one. Sounds a bit like Alexander O’Neal but I wouldn’t put money on it.

Doesn’t really matter though… it’s a fine tune whoever’s supplied the vox, one of those warm-up/set-building affairs that could be elevated to ‘end of night anthem’ status in the right hands.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Wasabi’s label Erase Records. Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Helder Teixeira – Music Cafe EP

December 23, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Music Cafe EP Sofa LoungeI said something the other day about Share Records having hit a rich run of form lately… now here comes the label main man himself.

Three tracks make up the EP, with deep, jazzy grooves being the general order of the day. Fazer Feliz is an unhurried, lounge-y cut with more mournful trumpets (see below) and occasional melancholic wails from an unnamed chanteuse. Feel So Good Tonight is a little livelier and would play well on the soulful house floors, and then bringing the EP to a close is Jazz & Fashion, another slinky, lounge-y number with lots of layers of live instrumentation.

Fans of Restless Soul, Jazzanova etc would definitely be well-advised to check this one, but Fazer Feliz in particular could have broader appeal beyond just the jazz beards.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 6 Jan.

About: This comes not on Share Records but on spin-off label Sofa Lounge – find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Stefan Kaye – Seasons Of Deep EP

December 23, 2013 in Singles

Stefan Kaye Seasons Of Deep EP Unrivaled MusicThe name Stefan Kaye’s cropped up on TIWWD quite a lot lately… and now here he is again with the fairly self-explanatory Seasons Of Deep EP.

Four tracks on offer. Ceaseless Motion is a floaty, blissed-out, prog-tinged affair with some gorgeous snippets of female vocal. Rhythmic Funktion is, as the name suggests, a slightly tuffer cut, again with a proggy edge to the pulsating synth riff. Seasons Of Deep is another floaty, almost Balearic number, and then finally Watching The Sunset sports a mournful trumpet line and sounds tailormade for, well, sundown sessions.

There’s nothing here you’ll be humming all week, to be honest, but if you’re looking for finely-crafted, warm-up friendly melodic grooves, you’re sorted.

Out: Last week (my bad!)

About: This comes on Unrivaled Music, who as you know are part of the Endemic stable.

Nu Era – Just As Long

December 22, 2013 in Singles

Nu Era Just As Long EP Four40 RecordsAnd while we’re on the subject of futuristic, UK garage-fuelled fusions from Four40, here’s some more!

Don’t know who Nu Era is/are or where he/she/they come from, but the four tracks here tread similar ground to the Suck Fake release below: UK bass/future garage shizzle from the housier side of the street. Soulful/R&B vox, heavyweight bass and tuff, techy drums abound… with Carelessness, which flips back and forth neatly between the ethereal and the gut-churning, taking top honours for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: So, once more with feeling… you can find Four40 on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Suck Fake – Can’t Leave EP

December 22, 2013 in Singles

Suck Fake Can't Leave Four40 RecordsA four-track EP here coming from the currently v. fertile hinterground between deep/tech house and UK bass/future garage.

Can’t Leave itself is a fierce, stomping affair that sounds like speed garage if it had been invented in Berlin rather than London… They Love has echoes of the deeper side of vintage hardcore (there was one, y’know)… Why You Messing is a twitchy, off-kilter future garage gem… and then finally Fuck ‘Um Deep (credited to Suck Fake & Daniel Brooks) is a truly genre-defying cut blending elements of dubstep, deep techno and house into a hard-hitting afterhours workout for druggy 5am dancefloors.

If you wanted proof that house music still has new and interesting places to go nearly 30 years after emerging as a genre, you’ll find it right here.

Out: This week

About: Suck Fake hails from the west midlands, and this comes on bass-tastic label Four40 Records… find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Five Years Of 6th Sense Music

December 22, 2013 in Albums

5 Years Of 6th Sense MusicAnother label compilation for you now, this one coming courtesy of Manchester label 6th Sense Music.

As with the Share comp below, there’s not time to go into each and every track but, again, quality deep house grooves are the general order of the day. On this album, though, the emphasis is less on lazy, laidback, late-night grooves and more on funk-fuelled dancefloor struttin’. Craig Hamilton revisits a very famous old vocal on Burnin’, Funk Mediterraneo’s Numbers Machine will see shapes being thrown, Rob Clarke’s Hows Music features one of those spoken, house music-eulogising vocals atop lush chords and Drew Tempest’s Drunk Ass Funk is a jazz-tinged romp that once upon a time we’d have called ‘East Midlands-y’.

With further tracks and mixes from familiar names such as Rick Leonard, Corduroy Maverickz, Hector Moralez, Pete Dafeet and YSE, this is something of a must-check for lovers of real deep house music.

Out: This week

About: You can find 6th Sense Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Gold Compilation 2

December 22, 2013 in Albums

Gold Compilation Vol 2 Share RecordsThere’ve been some great deep sounds coming on Helder Teixeira’s Share Records of late. And if you’ve not been paying attention then this label comp is the perfect opportunity to get yourself up to speed…

With 14 tracks from as many artists, I’m not gonna do the full track-by-track with this one. But suffice to say there’s a mix of names that’ll be familiar to TIWWD readers (Deephope, Antu Coimbra, Ariel M and of course Helder himself) and many that won’t, and that the vibe overall is deep house that’s current-sounding without being too Trendy Wendy Poptart, with Tero’s sparse Minimal Animal and Gari Rodriguez’s fresh-sounding, spaced-out take on Milkshake particularly deserving of your attention.

For maximum effect, play whole in a late-night herbal fug…

Out: This week

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

JP Chronic – Body Movers EP

December 19, 2013 in Singles

JP Chronic Bodymovers EP Chronovision IbizaAs we were just on the subject of tech-house labels based in and around the Mediterranean, now seems like a good time to tell you about this latest offering from Chronovision Ibiza.

Label co-owner JP Chronic is the man at the controls, serving up three uptempo, driving numbers that nonetheless have plenty of funk coursing through their veins. The surging, euphoric Just Get On Down takes the gold for me, but the more down n’ dirty We Need 2 (Raw Mix) and the wonky disco strut of I Know What You Did Last… (which, if you’d told me it was a mid-90s Strictly Rhythm by Da Mongoloids or someone, I’d have believed you) are also plenty playable.

Three ‘bodymovers’ indeed, then, making this a very solid bet for tech-house jocks… even if they do spell it BodYMoVerS EP. I’m not doing, you notice. This ‘camel case’ nonsense has to stop.

Out: This week

About: Find Chronovision Ibiza on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Lazy Bug & Stefan Lazarevic – Real Rush EP

December 19, 2013 in Singles

Lazy Bug & Stefan Lazarevic Real Rush EP Family GroovesAlways good to hear from Croatia’s Family Grooves, and here they serve up a tech-house two-tracker that should keep fans of the label more than happy.

Real Rush is a shuffly and unseasonably sunny-sounding affair, percussion-led at first but getting more atmospheric, blissed-out and soundscape-y as it goes on. On the flip, meanwhile, Rabbit ploughs a more straight-up drummy tech-house furrow, topping its busy, energetic rhythm with a heavily distorted chunk of the classic Ce Ce Rogers Someday vocal (AKA Liquid Sweet Harmony, Urban Shakedown Some Justice et al).

Out: This week

About: Find Family Grooves here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Musclecar – Love Muscle EP

December 19, 2013 in Singles

Musclecar Love Muscle EP Wasabi GeneralsFaced with a MOUNTAIN of new music and with very little time to write about it, gonna just pluck a couple from the ‘green’ (for go) pile at random tonight… and first out of the hat is this EP from Nottingham duo Musclecar.

Love Muscle itself is a chunky yet still quite laidback affair, with many-layered synths and haunting, echoing soulful male vox. Nic James’ remix then takes us into more heads-down territory as he strips back the layers but adds postively thunderous kicks. The other original cut Heavy Come On is the standout for yours truly though, an interesting fusion of that current “deep/tech beats + soulful vox” formula and a more traditional (US) garage sound, while Partia Anasari’s remix of the same is a bassy, techy strut.

Out: Tomorrow

About: This comes on London-based Wasabi Generals, who can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website. This is the label’s fourth release.