Roman Mühlschlegel – Cloudy Business

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Roman Muhlschlegel Cloudy Business sinnmusikFinally for tonight, some pleasingly rough-edged deep house bizniss from fledgling UK label sinnmusik*, who haven’t featured on TIWWD before.

German producer Roman Mühlschegel is the man at the helm, serving up three original tracks. Saturday Night Fever (credited to Roman Mühlschlegel & Gusti) is up first, which with its raw beats, lo-fi pianos and female scat vocal wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Serious Grooves back in the day – praise indeed from yours truly! Keep The Junction is a more driving affair with rock solid kicks, meandering organs and the vocal from Shorty Long’s 1966 soul classic Function At The Junction. And then finally there’s Left Behind, a late-night gem with pads that go on forever, sampled spoken black consciousness vox and, just to stop you drifting off completely, some very fine acid squelch.

I think Left Behind just pips if for me but it’s a close-run thing because you really do have three excellent tracks right here…

Out: This week

About: This is number 13 from sinnmusik*, and you can find out more about the label via Soundcloud, Facebook or their own website.

Nadja Lind & Friends – Lucidflow Vinyl VLF005

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Nadja Lind & Friends VLF005 LucidflowLucidflow continue their new vinyl EP series with this four-track slab from label co-owner Nadja Lind and, er, ihre Freunde.

Nadja’s own solo offering Berlin All Day Long is up first, a slightly chunkier, clubbier cut than you might normally expect from Lucidflow with plenty of dancefloor stomp (albeit admittedly in a 5am, not a peaktime kinda way) and some killer jazzy keys. Next up, Chris Lattner remixes Nadja’s Drifting Elements, his mix being a sparse, dubwise affair with cavernous production, enormo-pads and whispered/spoken French female vox. Brendon Moeller teams up with Ms Lind for Saharan Night, a broody cinematic landscape of a track that gets freakier as it progresses, while finally Nadja and Quintin Christian give us Place Of Bliss, which operates in late-night, smoker-friendly territory… albeit in a more twitchy, paranoid kinda way than the title would have you believe!

Quality deeper techno sounds as ever from Lucidflow.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. This is the label’s fifth vinyl release, but you probably guessed that from the EP title!

Mountal – Last Cigarette

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Mountal Last Cigarette Lost My DogAnd speaking of veteran UK labels… Lost My Dog might not be quite as long-running as Wiggle but with nearly 10 years in the game now, they’re certainly getting there!

This latest offering comes from Cologne-based duo Mountal, who supply three original tracks. Last Cigarette itself is a moody, midpaced deep/tech chugger with a downpitched “she took my last cigarette, she was a bad bitch” vocal and ear-piercing synth/organ sounds. Don’t Look Back is a smoother, more trad-style deep houser with filtered “let’s start grooving” (?) fem vox, while Bird has one of those ’80s synth-pop’ vocals the Germans are so fond of and as such sadly doesn’t do it for me so much, even in Giom remix form.

But not everyone’s allergic to that style of vocal… and even if you are, this is worth picking up for Don’t Look Back alone.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

Various – 20 Years Of Wiggle

March 30, 2014 in Singles

20 Years Of WiggleThis tech-house bizniss – it’ll never catch on, y’know. Oh no, wait, it already did – 20 years ago.

That’s when London club night Wiggle first got its tech shimmy on, back in the days when for many record buyers, Croydon’s Swag was the centre of the vinyl universe. A lot’s changed since 1994 but incredibly, Wiggle is still going. To celebrate that fact they hosted a party at London’s Autumn Street Studio just last night… and there’s also this four-track EP from founders Nathan Coles, Eddie Richards and Terry Francis.

Coles is up first, teaming up with David Coker for Nastie Bizzniss and Shifty Bizzniss, two variations on a theme. Both feature the same insistently repeating one-line “Music!” vocal*, both are pretty sparse and jackin’, but Shifty Bizzniss adds some John Carpenter-esque synths for maximum 5am spook-out appeal. ‘Evil’ Eddie gives us the amusingly titled Duck Fat, a slightly deeper, more melodic tech-houser with chopped blues-y male vox and some seriously warped strings. Finally, Mr Francis (masquerading here as Klunk & Zilly) comes with Dubup, a stripped-back, atmospheric piece with reggae vox that’ll no doubt be responsible for not a few “moments” on dancefloors.

Shifty Bizniss stands out for me but, y’know… 20 years. Two whole decades! Respect has seldom been more due.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Wiggle Records  – find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

*You can also have fun singing “Muesli!” along instead, if you like. Or at least me and Mrs TIWWD did in the car this morning

Groove Assassin – Mind Over Matter EP

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Groove Assassin Mind Over Matter EP Kokan MusicThe very first release from a brand new label here. Kokan Music are based in Rome, but for their debut release they’ve drafted in the talents of UK veteran Groove Assassin.

He gives us five original cuts. All Of U is up first, essentially a slice of deep, sumptuous, soulful UK garage with the sweetest female vocal and some cool warbling organs. Get On Up is a drummier affair with some ker-razy synth work and a “get on up!” vocal, while Picture This is another garage-leaning cut but in a chunkier, more heads-down kinda way. Sink Or Swim with its sampled, spoken vocal and choppy, twitchy beats is in more contemporary deep house mode, while rounding out the EP is Where I Belong, which comes on like vintage Madhouse material put through a leftfield filter.

It’s All Of U that stands out for me but Picture This is pretty cool too.

Out: This week

About: You can find Kokan Music on Facebook.

Jesse James – Stick ‘Em

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Jesse James Stick 'Em Arch 44Three mixes to choose from on this latest from London’s Arch 44 Music.

In its Original form, Stick ‘Em is a strutty tech-house cut with a relentlessly throbbing b-line and a hip-house style “stick ’em high” vocal. The Emeskay Remix is a notch or two pacier and bassier, but the mix that made me smile the most here comes from AS I AM… with its Mad Stuntman-ish “br-rrr” vocal (or ‘linguolabial trill’, if you prefer) and cascading synth/piano chords, there are definite echoes of 1994 on this one!

Out: This week (on general release, though it’s been on Beatport for a week or two)

About: You can find Arch 44 on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On

March 29, 2014 in Singles

Oliver $ Jimi Jules Pushing On DFTDJust two mixes to choose from on this latest from Defected spin-off label DFTD.

The Original mix of Pushing On starts out with a gently lolling rhythm which is gradually joined by very musical layers of piano and bass, before in comes the striking female vocal… apparently it’s from a Quantic Soul Orchestra song so presumably that’s Alice Russell singing but for a moment I was convinced it was Nina Simone! That’s meant as a compliment, BTW.

Not always a fan of blues-style vocals on house records but this works well. Very well, in fact… but if you aren’t a fan of blues-style vocals on house records either, there’s a Dub on the flip. Here endeth the review.

Out: This week

About: You must know where to find Defected online by now…

Undercolors – Rocket To Saturn

March 29, 2014 in Singles

Undercolors Rocket To Saturn AquasoundA neat little-two tracker here from Miami’s Aquasound.

On the A – slightly confusing entitled Go To Saturno – a jaunty, hip-swaying bassline underpins percussion that’s lively without being in-your-face, half-whispered fem vox and, most importantly, some seriously wigged-out organ work… niceness!

Cohete on the B is a drummy tech-houser with spoken male vox and some vaguely middle eastern sounds, and will certainly keep asses moving. But it’s the A that’s the standout by far here – a genuinely fresh-sounding deep/tech house jam with a positive dancefloor reaction pretty much guaranteed.

Out: This week

About: Find Aquasound here

Scott Mac – Outland

March 29, 2014 in Singles

Scott Mac Outland EP Sounds Of JuanThe Endemic crew score a rare hat-trick this week as TIWWD’s attention is drawn to the latest from Sounds Of Juan.

I must admit, the A-side here (the Mac Plain Mix) is just a little bit too much on the ‘floaty prog’ side to get yours truly excited, though in its favour it’s proggy without being cheesy or overblown. However, flip it over for the Acid Mix and you’ll find the real reason this is here, as Outland’s melodic top lines find themselves underpinned by a bubblin’ 303 bassline and complemented by some ‘Hey!’ shouts that don’t half remind me of Moby’s Go.

The result is a pulsing, surging, euphoric track that’d work on all kinds of house floors.

Out: This week

About: Here’s a link I’ve posted once or twice before…

Lionel Weets – Alien Opera

March 28, 2014 in Singles

Lionel Weets Alien Opera MotechWe move from Germany to Detroit now, with Belgian producer Lionel Weets bringing us this neat little two-tracker on DJ 3000’s long-running Motech label.

Alien Opera is all Latin beats and jazz pianos for the first two and a half minutes of its life, before in come those gloriously old skool-sounding Detroitian strings. As fine a dancefloor workout as Alien Opera undoubtedly is, though, it’s actually B-side Through The Universe that takes top honours for me, which moves into deep house/garage territory with chopped-up fem vox, more soaring strings and some gorgeous NJ-style Rhodes. Proper!

Look out for a full-length album, Stellar Orchestra, due on 12 May… on this evidence it should be a cracker.

Out: This week

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