Various – Who We Are Vol 1

January 31, 2014 in Singles

WhoWeAre Vol 1 WhoWeAre MusicAnd speaking of Berlin (see It’s Not Over review, below), here we the very first release from a brand new label based in that very city.

There are seven tracks from three artists, all of whom also happen to be co-owners of the label. Quarzplage give us the synthy, melodic techno/tech-house of Schneetreiben and the glitchier, swing-inflected Drue D. Rene Catterfield’s Backgammon is a housier joint with a big, driving bassline and energising percussion, while Thomas Leyh explores slightly mellower shades of tech-house on his four contributions.

Backgammon is the standout for me but it’s a promising introduction all round.

Out: This week

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

It’s Not Over – It’s Now Over

January 31, 2014 in Albums

It's Not Over It's Now OverOver the past couple of years, Berlin-resident Brit Spencer Parker has been anonymously putting out a series of vinyl-only 12-inches under the name It’s Not Over. Now, anonymous no longer, nine tracks from those 12-inches get a digital and CD release, accompanied by a second disc of eight remixes and bonus tracks.

It’s a collection that pays unashamed homage to the past: fierce, jacking Chicago house and tough, funk-fuelled Detroit techno are the general order of the day. In fact in most cases, it’s really only the crisp modern production values that give any indication these tracks were made in this decade, not 25 years previously! Highlights for yours truly include the deeper, M1-driven East Pointe (which comes with a superb Beatless Remix) and the relentless Motor City onslaught of Belle Ville, but like they say, it’s all good…

Jacking of bodies will undoubtedly ensue.

Out: This week

About: This comes, of course, on It’s Not Over the label, which as a ‘secret squirrel’ kinda project doesn’t seem to have a website of its own or anything. But you can find Mr Parker himself here.

Various – 5 Years Of 6th Sense Part 2

January 31, 2014 in Albums

5 Years Of 6th Sense Music Part 2Manchester’s 6th Sense Music bring us the second part of their fifth birthday compilation here (as if that wasn’t clear from the title).

In total there are 12 tracks from as many artists, and as with the first installment the emphasis is on proper bumpin’ deep house grooves “like we used to” – with funk, boogie and jazz influences clearly evident throughout, a dash of acid here and there, and nary an ice-cool Berlin synth throbber nor a dodgy 80s synth-pop vocal in sight. A handful of familiar names – Monoman, Rick Leonard, C-Soul – nestle up alongside a whole bevvy of newcomers, and the result is – to cut a long story short – as fine a 78 minutes and 37 seconds of good old-fashioned house music as you’re likely to hear all month.

Really rather taken with this one, can you tell?

Out: This week

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

Zuko – Passion EP

January 30, 2014 in Singles

Zuko Passion EP 5 And DimeAnd speaking of proper deep house, seems like a while since we heard from Denver’s 5 And Dime, but they make a very welcome return tonight with this EP from fellow Denverite Zuko.

In its Original form, Passion is actually quite a driving, techy groove with vaguely Italo-sounding synths on top… the hype sheet compares it to Circulation material of yore and I’d say that wasn’t unjustified. But it’s actually the remixes that I’m feeling more personally, as Kaua takes a much more sultry deep house tone while Deeplogic brings the drums further to the fore to create a blissed-out end-of-nighter for weary afterhours floors.

Kaua’s mix takes the gold here for me but the other two will have their time/place too!

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web), and here’s Zuko on Facebook as well.

Steve Froggatt – Groove With It

January 30, 2014 in Singles

Steve Froggatt Groove With It NightChild Records Some sterling deep house grooves now courtesy of New York’s NightChild Records.

In its Original form, Groove With It is a lush late-night groove that sports the same Anthony White I Can’t Turn You Loose vocal sample that some of you may remember from Baron’s mid-noughties D&B classic At The Drive-In (which used to be something of an iDJ office fave). In this case, it’s paired with a second, spoken “from New York to LA/from London to Paris/you can do it, you can feel it/we can all groove with it” vocal and some simply gorgeous minor-key piano work. Brian ‘Desos’ Løgstrup, himself no stranger to this blog, serves up a remix that heads even deeper, largely dropping the Anthony White vox and stripping things back to just keys, spoken vox and occasional drums, while label boss Rissa Garcia heads in the opposite direction with a far tuffer Dub… albeit when I say ‘tuff’ that’s within a deep house context, not in a Tenaglia/Vasquez drum epic kinda way.

Personally I’m loving all three mixes – proper deep house, and there’s not enough of that around lately!

Out: This week (on general release – it actually went on Beatport during Xmas week but, y’know, it was Xmas week)

About: Find NightChild Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Mex Revolt

January 30, 2014 in Singles

MEX Revolt CVMR Another new label makes its TIWWD debut! Tonight it’s the turn of CVMR, the new record label arm of Mexican agency/promotions/radio outfit Cobra Voyage. They had a single out last year I’m told, but this second release, a four-track V/A EP, is the first to land in the TIWWD inbox.

And what a fine way to make an entrance it is, too. Los Rombos’s Gris is a sparse atmospheric affair in a minimal/deep techno vein, Pettro’s Entities is a sweeping, cinematic number underpinned by understated rave-y bass and crisp house beats, Reptare’s Last Snow has drums that are pure Chicago but otherwise errs again towards the ‘sound painting’ side of things and finally MDO by The Ram features dense layers of atmospherics sitting atop shuffling 4/4 percussion.

Four quality, hard-to-pigeonhole tracks that serve as further proof that Mexico is well and truly a world leader in electronic music right now.

Out: This week

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

Napalm & D-Phrag – Eclipse [Spatial Awareness Remix]

January 29, 2014 in Singles

Napalm & D-Phrag Eclipse Stripped RecordingsAnd following on nicely from the McNair & Clarke below, our last offering tonight comes from Stripped Recordings. And I needn’t detain you too long because there’s only the one mix and all I want to say is:

Dark, moody acid house ahoy!

Buy it, cos it’s ace. The full-minute, near-ambient breakdown in the middle sits a little oddly, but I’m sure you creative DJ types can find something to do with/a way around that if you want to.

Out: This week

About: Find Stripped Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own blog… reading which I notice there are actually other mixes of this! But they only sent the one so what’s a lad to do?

McNair & Clarke – 8586

January 29, 2014 in Singles

McNair & Clarke 8586 Deep Site SpaceConvention-defying, genre-mashing thrills await on this latest from Croata’s ever-checkable Deep Site Space.

In its Original form, 8586 is a dark, techy and moody deep house groove topped with Mutabaruka-eque rastaman vox. Grant Dell’s remix takes us on a trip (and I use the word advisedly) to later floors, while Funtom’s Acid Dub marries the spoken reggae vocal with some nicely understated 303 wibbles, and then finally Jay Tripwire continues in the weirded-out vein with a mix that’s part deep, part acid, all good.

Proper underground bizniss and no mistake, guv’nor.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Space on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Marco Fedez & Daniel Lopez – Deeper

January 29, 2014 in Singles

Marco Fedez & Daniel Lopez Deeper MuSolMust admit I nearly let this offering from Sheffield imprint MuSol Records pass me by, but I’m glad I didn’t.

As it starts out, y’see, the original mix Deeper is pretty much your standard-issue techy chugger: playable for sure, but not something to get overly excited about. But at around the 2.5-minute mark, in come some garage-y organs that hint at the direction the remixes will take, with Anthony Miles’ rub nodding pointedly towards vintage New Jersey while Scott Diaz’s mix is a pacier take on the same sound – you could have heard this in a Paul ‘Trouble’ or Grant Nelson set circa 1995 and not batted an eyelid.

The package is rounded out by a Dany Cohiba mix that goes down a drummier route (hey, he’s Spanish!), but it’s the Miles and Diaz rubs that make this a must-check. Oh, and all the mixes sport the same treated, one-line “deeper and deeper” vocal. Just so’s you know.

Out: This week

About: You can find MuSol Records, who are making their TIWWD debut with this, their 22nd release, on Soundcloud and Facebook. Check the former for some cheeky Motown bootie action…

Demy Ottens – Train Chords/Deadwood

January 28, 2014 in Singles

Demy Otter Train Chords Hype MuzikTwo utterly superb slices of deep goodness now coming from Hype Muzik.

Hype Muzik may be the ‘techno’ arm of the Stripped Muzik empire, but these two cuts are just as likely to appeal to deep house lovers as they are to technoheads. Train Chords is built around a relentless muted kick, atop which sit heavily reverbed synth stabs, handclaps, dense atmospherics and some pleasing analogue squelch. Deadwood, on the flip, is a dreamier, more late-night affair with half-whispered male vox and pads that go on forever.

Both are best suited to warm-up play, very very late floors or home listening rather than peaktime dancefloor destruction… but both are straight out of the top drawer, believe!

Out: This week

About: You can find Hype Muzik at the Stripped blog or Facebook page.