Klartraum – E1

February 28, 2014 in Singles

Klartraum E1 LucidflowFinally for tonight we have this five-track EP from those ever-dependable purveyors of quality deep techno Klartraum, coming of course on their own Lucidflow label.

Tiger Ride [Club Ride], up first, is a twitchy, glitchy affair with snippets of male vox, while Sweetness is a more melodic number with sweet-sounding synths and shuffly percussion. It’s the next two tracks that are the killers, though. Mirage is the kind of dark, industrial dub techno small mice would make if left in a huge cavernous warehouse with a bunch of synthesizers and some strong sedatives, while Shy Guy leans so heavily to the dub side of the equation that it’s really ‘technofied dub’ rather than ‘dub techno’, if you see what I mean. Rounding out the EP is Tiger Ride [Cinematic Ride], an only slightly more melodic take on the opening track.

Like I said though, it’s Shy Guy and Mirage that you need to check for here.

Out: This week

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

Oh yes, and I should also mention that this is the first in a series of ‘E’ eps that will be released over the course of the year: according to the hype sheet, “The E stands for Enneagram, a model of human personality that allows you to describe or to find out through which lens you see your reality.” Make of that what you will!

Nicco – If You Really Want Me

February 28, 2014 in Singles

Nicco If You Really Want Me Recline MusicFour mixes on offer of this new cut from Italian producer Niccolo’ Detti, AKA Nicco.

In its original form, If You Really Want Me is a chunky, mid-paced contemporary-style deep/tech houser with a heavily reverbed female vocal. Russian duo Monaque’s remix is moodier but brings the vocal further to the fore, while Japan’s Standard Fair takes us on a deeper, more intricately constructed ride, but just nudging it for me is the remix from Italy’s Refresh, in whose hands If You Really Want Me becomes a sparse n’ dubby affair with the vocal dropped back to heavily treated, downtuned snippets while sub-aquatic sounds vie for the attention with multiple layers of synths.

All told, we’re talking very 2014-sounding house music that thankfully avoids the pop-tastic overtones that are so prevalent right now…

Out: This week

About: This comes on Nicco’s own Recline Music, who you can find here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Christian B & Lavvy Levan – Toe In Water EP

February 28, 2014 in Singles

Christian B & Lavvy Levan Toe In Water EP Friday Fox RecordingsThe very first release from a brand new label here, as London boys Christian B and Lavvy Levan launch Friday Fox Recordings with a four-track EP of their own productions.

It’s On! is up first, a mid-paced deep house groove that makes use of a very familiar old “I don’t want to lose your love” vocal. Personally speaking a version without Christian’s cockernee spoken vocal laying down the law about ‘soul’ as well wouldn’t have gone amiss, but hey. Now?, up next, is a sleazy, chunky affair that wouldn’t sound out of place on Southern Fried, while Two Sides plays with garage and bass music tropes and tops ’em with a vaguely R&B-ish vocal. And then finally there’s Insatiable, for me the standout of the whole EP with its bizarrely off-kilter musical backdrop, fat bass squelch and looping “I want more” vocal.

Between them, these two have a background ranging from D&B pirate radio to, in Christian’s case, writing and producing for the stars of Pop Idol and The Voice. And it shows, with a couple of the tracks on this EP leaning a little too much towards the pop side for yours truly… but that doesn’t take away from the fact that what we have here are four genuinely fresh, original-sounding concoctions.

Out: Tomorrow (1 March)

About: Find Friday Fox Recordings on Facebook

Thomas Minasi – Lucky Blues EP

February 27, 2014 in Singles

Thomas Minasi Lucky Blues EP Unrivaled MusicSome very find deep house grooves make up this three-tracker coming on the ever-prolific Unrivaled Music.

In its original form, the title track is a laidback n’ shufflin’ late-night deep house gem. It uses a sampled blues man vocal, as the title suggests – but not until nearly halfway through its seven-minute lifespan, and even then only briefly. The Julien Guzz Remix rides a slightly more driving 4/4 riddim but otherwise maintains the sparse yet intricate beauty of the original, while bonus cut Doux Baiser is a mellow, jazz-tinged affair with complex, understated percussion and somewhat Blackwater-esque walking bassline.

Late-night headnoddin’ bizniss out of the top drawer… all you sofa-surfers, go seek!

Out: This week

About: Unrivaled is as you know part of the Endemic stable.

Kim & Buran – Fly To Sea EP

February 27, 2014 in Singles

Kim & Buran Fly To Sea EP Nang RecordsMore of Nang’s usual exquisitively executed nu-disco goodness here courtesy of Russian duo Kim & Buran.

In total you get two mixes of the title cut, plus Modern Music and Sitizen. In its original form, Fly To Sea sits somewhere between retro cosmic/Italo fare and the kind of dreamy, star-spangled soul peddled by the Sunburst Band or even those Phenomenal Handclappers. The remix of the same comes from Irregular Disco Workers, whose slightly more floor-friendly take eases back on the dreamy synths and beefs up the beats… but only a tiny bit in either case. Modern Music is a decidedly 80s-informed cut with a spoken, vocodered “dance music” (male) vocal and all manner of analogue synth shenanigans, while finally Sitizen ventures more resolutely into the kind of cosmic/Italo pastures we were just discussing.

The Nang faithful will be more than happy with this one. I certainly am… with the original version of the title track especially.

Out: This week

About: Find Nang Records here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Kevin Griffiths – Tsuba Loves Kevin Griffiths sampler

February 27, 2014 in Singles

Tsuba Loves Kevin GriffithsFollowing on from Tsuba Loves… compilations by Huxley, Sascha Dive and Justin Drake, we’re soon to be treated to a new volume starring label boss Kevin Griffiths himself, and trailing said album (release date TBA) comes this three-track sampler EP.

And a nicely varied affair it is, too. Enjoy The Bozak opens proceedings, a melodic, mid-paced deep houser with pads that just don’t stop and just the tiniest hint of acid squelch. Revolver is a livelier cut with some gloriously old school pianos and a neat line in throbbing bass, while bringing the EP to a close is Mojib’s Imperial, which pays musical homage to vintage Chi-town deep house à la Larry Heard and which sports the EP’s only vocal in the form of a few stuttered ‘huhs’.

All three tracks will be of definite appeal to all the proper deep house lovers out there… and as such, bode very well indeed for the forthcoming full-length.

Out: This week

About: Find Tsuba Records, who I’m told have recently relocated to Adelaide, Australia, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Sujet Musique Spring Sampler

February 27, 2014 in Singles

Sujet Musique Spring SamplerSorry the blog’s been quiet this week, the day job has been a bit on top. But here we are again tonight, kicking off with this sampler EP from DJ Linus’ new (~ish – this is SM05) label Sujet Musique.

It’s a bit of a mixed bag, if I’m being honest. Not really feeling the pop vocal on Doppelherz’s Tear It All Down, and Bara Bröst’s nu-disco cover of Laura Branigan’s 80s hit Self Control is most kindly filed under ‘ill-advised’. Julian Wassermann & HBC’s On Time is a considerable improvement on those two, an unhurried and moody slice of contemporary-style deep/tech house, but the reason this is here is the label bossman’s own Dark And Hot.

A struttin’, relentless 90s-style synth/organ throbber that could have been lifted straight from the Morel’s Grooves EPs (that’s a compliment, BTW), Dark And Hot is worth the price of admission on its own.

Out: This week

About: Find Sujet Musique, who are based in Munich, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Mattias Vogt – The Wobble Track

February 23, 2014 in Singles

Matthias Vogt The Wobble Track Large MusicTwo originals and two remixes make up this new EP from Mr Vogt, which comes on veteran Chicago label Large Music.

The Wobble Track itself features, unsurprisingly, a big wobbly bassline, though not in as ‘big and silly’ a fashion as that might lead you to believe; in fact said bassline is quite understated, and comes married to percussion that’s straight outta early 90s NYC and some nice parping synth chords. The Montel Remix is the one for me though – a skippier, sultrier, garahge-leaning pass. Similarly, the stuttery drums, lingering chords and female vocal snips of Something In Common are pleasing enough, but it’s the old skool pianos AND organs of Vogt’s own Piano Mix that make it a must-have.

I know I’ve bigged up Large several times on this blog for the way they’ve embraced newer styles and sounds, but when they drop classic-sounding gems like these, that’s still working for me too!

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Jus Nowhere & Sam Haas – Wrapped Up EP

February 23, 2014 in Singles

Jus Nowhere & Sam Haas Wrapped Up EP Silence In MetropolisContemporary style bass-y, deep/tech house grooves executed with more panache than most here.

Burnin’ has a female “oh baby, oh baby, oh baby baby” vocal and soulful male counter-part sitting atop crisp, clipped beats and some deliciously raw synth/piano chords, while Wrapped Up itself is a more driving affair with UKG-ish warped fem vox and plenty of big room stop-start drama. The VELCRO Remix of the same nods towards the old skool with some very Ital/rave-sounding pianos, but good as all those are, the real killer here is Turned On, a chord-y, paddy slice of nu/future garage par excellence.

A nicely varied, finely crafted EP that’s rocketed this pair of producers straight onto my personal ‘ones to watch’ list.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Washington DC’s Silence In Metropolis label, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Samma Lone – 1983/Get Up

February 23, 2014 in Singles

Samma Lone 1983 Something DifferentAnd speaking of deep, garage-y goodness…

The A-side here is a spangly, Italo-leaning nu-disco affair, while Get Up on the flip is a contemporary-sounding, percussive deep/tech houser that revisits the famous Underground Sound Of Lisbon vocal from days of yore. So far, so perfectly playable… but the reason you need to buy this immediately is the Chris Dewell & Max Casebolt remix of Get Up, wherein the boys get their organs out (snigger), trim back the vocal to just two lines (“the end of the Earth is upon us/pretty soon it’ll all turn to dust”) and transform the track into another Jersey-style deep garage jam of the very highest calibre, some added ‘come on!’ shouts only enhancing the joyously retro feel.

Sumptuous yet slammin’ at the same time, this is pretty much unmissable.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Something Different, who can be found (as always) on Soundcloud and Facebook.