Tony Lionni feat Maria Marcial – Do You Believe EP

April 30, 2014 in Singles

Tony Lionni Do You Believe Madhouse RecordsManc producer Tony Lionni, who lives in Berlin these days, returns to Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records for this three-track EP.

The title cut, in its original form, is a mellow, trad-style soulful houser that recalls the likes of Ananda Project or Stephanie Cooke, albeit its sweetly tinkling ivories and even sweeter full vocal from Ms Marcial are accompanied by a ruff-edged Chi-town bassline that gives the track that little extra bite. Francois Dubois, AKA Funk D’Void, gives us a helpfully-titled Francois Dubois AKA Funk D’Void Remix that, with its sparser, techier production and downpitched vocal, is aimed straight at the afterhours floors, while rounding out the package is the instrumental Black Orchid, presented here in Martin Patino Remix form – a considerably pacier affair than …Believe with lively, skippy beats reminiscent of early UKG.

It’s the Funk D’Void mix that takes top honours for me, but all three cuts are quality for sure.

Out: This week

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

Ariane Blank – No Command

April 30, 2014 in Singles

Ariane Blank No Command Shoes, Bags & BoysSome typically fine deep house grooves here from Shoes, Bags & Boys, coming from label co-owner Ariane Blank.

Both the featured tracks are instrumentals. On the A-side, No Command itself is a unhurried, dubby chugger but with drums that veer towards the techier end of the deep house spectrum, while over on the B, Fire Up operates in similarly dubbed-out territory, but with slightly mellower kicks and a dreamier, more Balearic feel overall.

Languid, late-night grooves of the highest calibre, not much more to say really.

Out: This week

About: You can find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alexis Raphael – Shutdown

April 28, 2014 in Singles

Alexis Raphael Shutdown Moda BlackYet again, time has done that sneaky little trick it does of running away when I’m not looking. So just the one review tonight… but I’m prepared to vouch personally for its 100% bomb-ness, if that helps!

The A-side title track is a no-nonsense contemporary-style jacker, but one that sports a vocal straight out of the SUAD/Ragga Twins school of thought – “Now hear this! To all the acid raver, I want you make some noise and tear down de place”. Fine advice, I’m sure we can all agree… not to mention a production trick that was never gonna fail with those of old enough to remember the good old daze. Over on the B, meanwhile, Exclusive is essentially a deeper variation on the same theme – a lolloping deep/tech groove topped with treated, spoken Jamaican-style vox – and every bit as playable.

Jaymo & Andy George’s label Moda Black have (IMNERHO) been putting out some superb stuff lately. Shutdown is no exception.

Out: This week

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

Various – Upside Down 08

April 27, 2014 in Singles

Sincopat Upside Down 8Sincopat’s V/A ep series continues, with number eight showcasing five tracks from five, mostly new (or new-ish) producers.

Mundo is up first with The Hangover, a very now-sounding big room deep/tech chugger with a Dooms Night-esque bass grind. Upercent’s Sics Aeme is a prog-leaning affair, while the oddly named My Mistake & Fool The Fox give us Kearns, which marries a jaunty, shape-throwing topline to a heavy, rumbling bottom end with a half-time breakdown thrown in just for fun, the result being quirky and epic at the same time. Casper Nielsen’s Floating In Love is a dark, stripped-down and twitchy throbber topped with treated, torch-y fem vox, and then finally Alvaro Medina’s Let’s Get It On is a more straight-up jackin’ deep houser with some killer disco stabs.

The latter’s my pick but with five forward-thinking cuts from five fresh talents on offer, this is another one you definitely want to check out for yourself.

Out: This week

About: Sincopat are based in Spain and can be found here, here and here.

Matt Tolfrey – Word Of Mouth Remixes

April 27, 2014 in Singles

Matt Tolfrey Word Of Mouth Remixes LeftroomIn which four tracks from the Leftroom boss’s 2012 long-player (or five if you buy the EP on Beatport) get the remix treatment from what it has to be said is a pretty darned heavy-hitting line-up.

First up, Distant Story from Tolfrey and Kevin Knapp gets a Mr Fingers Deep Mix from the mighty Larry Heard. Kenny Dope then does the dub honours on Ya Kid K collab Turn You Out, before Rob Mello serves up a No Ears mix of Never Assume (credited to Tolfrey and James Teej). Completing the standard package is Freaks’ take on Downtown, but those buying on Beatport also get a bonus in the form of a Misi Remix of Spooks (also credited to Tolfrey and Knapp).

It’s between the Misi rub of Spooks and Heard’s mix of Distant Story for top honours for yours truly, but beyond that I’m deliberately not going into much detail here because with a talent roster like that, you KNOW you need to check this one for yourself!

Out: This week

About: This comes, of course, on Leftroom, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sergato – Room In Hell EP

April 26, 2014 in Singles

Sergato Room In Hell EP LarinhouseNearly reviewed this earlier in the week, then didn’t when I realised they’d only sent one track from what’s meant to be a two-track ‘EP’.

However… for one thing, time’s tight today and for another, it’s Saturday night and it’s always good to end on a floor-rocking note on a Saturday night, I think. And the track they did send is a nice easy one to review, because it’s actually called It’s All About Tech-House, and there’s not really much I can tell you about the track that the title doesn’t!

With driving beats and some pleasing synth squelch topped with both a deep male voice repeating the title and some sampled psychobabble (“When God gave us the moral law, it was to remind me that my worship was sacred, that my body was sacred, my words were sacred”, blah blah, you know the kind of thing!), this energetic little gem shifts us into the floor-rocking zone for sure. So I think we’ll leave things there.

Out: This week

About: This marks the first appearance on TIWWD from Russian label Larinhouse Records… then again it is only their second release! You can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook. Oh yeah, and the other track should be Room In Hell itself but obviously if I can’t tell you anything about that one…

Vincenzo de Robertis – Deep Down Inside EP

April 26, 2014 in Singles

Vincenzo de Robertis Deep Down Inside EP Endemic DigitalBelow, we have a new release from Lucidflow that goes a little harder than the label’s usual fare… in complete contrast, this latest from Endemic Digital ploughs as deep a furrow as I think we’ve heard from the label to date.

Dam Mas is up first, a languid, throbbing pulse of a tune topped with a sweet female vocal simply intoning the title. Deep Down Inside itself follows, which starts out with ‘leaking pipe dripping in a derelict warehouse’ deep techno sounds but slowly evolves into a smoother late-night ride, while finally Hey Darling is a slo-mo, atmospheric affair with a heart-rending, quite garage-y female vocal and chords that just linger and linger…

Three quality uber-deep (or should that be unter-deep?) cuts with ‘heads only’ running through ’em like a stick of rock.

Out: This week

About: Find Endemic Digital on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Counrad – Shiver EP

April 26, 2014 in Singles

Counrad Shiver EP LucidflowWe kick off tonight with a six-track EP from Klartraum’s label Lucidflow.

No time right now to go into the minutiae of each track individually, but overall I think it’s fair to say we’re in slightly glitchier, more minimal-leaning territory than Lucidflow’s usual deep dub techno vibes. That said, it’s a fairly subtle distinction and if you’re a fan of the label generally you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, with Trauma and label co-owner Nadja Lind’s remix of Crushed the standouts to these ears.

Out: This week

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

Jam’ On – Small Touch EP

April 25, 2014 in Singles

Jam' On Small Touch Act Natural RecordsLastly for tonight, we have this four-tracker from Bromley’s Act Natural Records.

One Step is up first, which isn’t a new form of UK garage that’s popular with amputees (ho ho ho) but instead is a simple little deep techno/tech-house groove, its space-y, dubby production topped simply with a male voice repeating the title occasionally. On & On operates in similar territory, riding a slightly pacier rhythm but having even more of a tripped-out feel, thanks partly to the sampled, spoken female psychobabble vocal. Then we come to the title track and finally Good Feelin’, both of which continue in the same ‘rumbling bass, trippy FX and lashings of reverb’ vein as the first two.

File under ‘dark chuggers to reach for at 5am when it’s all getting a bit weird’.

Out: This week

About: You can find Act Natural Records, which is headed up by Jamie Ward, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rafaello Bonaga – Sometimes EP

April 25, 2014 in Singles

Raffaello Bonaga Sometimes EP Family GroovesSlightly deeper tech-house vibes here from Croatia’s ever-checkable Family Grooves stable.

There are two tracks, in a total of four mixes. Sometimes itself, in its Original form, is in a not dissimilar vein to the Jonathan Rosa single below, though here the bassline is a little less in-your-face, allowing the shimmering high-end synths to take more of a leading role while a cheeky bite of Linda Clifford’s vocal from Akabu’s Ride The Storm sits on top. Alex Marcu takes care of the remix here, keeping the vocal intact but beefing up the kicks a notch or two and dropping the shimmering synths in favour of what sounds like a gypsy-jazz accordion line put through the FX mangle.

Elsewhere, Don’t Believe in its original form is a deeper cut with another hefty b-line, cavernous production and all manner of strange synth squiggles (not to mention a hint of acid), while Scientific Funk goes for a darker, stripped-down, almost bleep-ish vibe on his remix.

Reach for the latter when it’s time to turn the dark up, or the original of Sometimes for those trippy, eyes-wide-shut moments.

Out: This week

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