Jonathan Rosa – Shut It Down

April 25, 2014 in Singles

Jonathan Rosa Shut It Down Freshin RecordsThree on a tech-house tip for you tonight, starting with this nice simple two-tracker from Freshin Records.

In its Original form, Shut It Down is a very current-sounding deep/tech affair, propelled along by shaker-tastic beats and a nice chunky, chuggy bass throb, and topped with a downpitched male “put that funky dress on” vocal. For yours truly, though, the real action is over on the flip, where label boss Da Fresh serves up a re-rub that’s powered by no-nonsense tech-house drums and augmented by insistent pulsing synths as well as some killer space disco stabs.

As I said, the latter rub pips it for me but both should prove reliable floor-movers for sure.

Out: This week

About: Freshin Records are based in France and can be found here, here and here.

Various – Deep-Nation

April 21, 2014 in Albums

Deep-Nation Clubstar RecordsThings have been a bit shoddy on the albums front here at TIWWD lately, and I AM planning to do a big catch-up thing soon. But this mixed offering from Germany’s ClubStar had to get a proper-sized shout for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a while since the ClubStar/Conya stable had some TIWWD love. Secondly, my old friend Henri Kohn has compiled and mixed it (alongside Pat Lezizmo).

And thirdly, it’s rather good. “Finest deep house tunes from Belgium,” is the album’s sub-title: the idea is there’ll be a series of these compilations, each showcasing the work of deep house producers in a given nation. And if they’re all as good as this, bring it on!

With 24 tracks in total, there’s a fair degree of stylistic variation on show, from the deep and soulful fare that’s long been ClubStar’s stock-in-trade (see, for example, D’Stephanie feat Melissa’s Back To Us or Maxim Lany’s Late & See), to more current-sounding, big room cuts like Avenue6’s Days Are Gone, to the glorious disco-electro squelch of AnthonyAnthony’s Glamour Girls Find Latex Sexy. But despite that, it all flows together nicely, with personal faves including the ruff-edged, stripped-down Jersey vibes of Rawdio’s Let’s Cook, Solco’s ace bass-rumblin’ Gasoline and the sumptuous late-night, lounge-y vibes of Leach’s Club Soleil.

Out: This week on CD and at iTunes, everywhere else digitally from 29 April

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

Borrowed Identity – Bang Bang Boogie EP

April 21, 2014 in Singles

Borrowed Identity Bang Bang Boogie EP FINA RecordsA surprising lack of Sugarhill references on this fine four-track EP from Romanian producer Borrowed Identity.

Bang Bang Boogie itself is up first, which as I say DOESN’T sample Rapper’s Delight but does use the vocal from Class Action’s Weekend and throw in a tiny ‘beep beep!’ snip from Donna Summer’s Bad Girls for good measure! Said disco-sample melange is underpinned by a throbbing, acid-y bassline and classic house pianos and the whole thing is really rather splendid, albeit to these ears the vocal sits a little oddly against the beat in places.

Elsewhere on the EP, Mental State is a deep, instrumental acid jam topped with some AWB-ish brass, the vocoder-tastic Roboto Moves sits somewhere between acid and cosmic disco, and finally You’re Mine is classic-style funk/disco-fuelled dancefloor deep house, flecked with wukka-wukking guitars and topped with sweet female vocal snips that I’m sure I recognise but can’t quite put my finger on right now…

Strong stuff all round so not gonna pick a fave for this one.

Out: This week (digitally, though vinyl’s been knocking about for a couple of weeks, I’m told)

About: This comes on Fina Records, who you can mostly find on Soundcloud. They’re based in London and this is number 15 from them.

Want More feat Nick Grimes – Modern Day

April 21, 2014 in Singles

Want More Modern Day Planet AcetateMysterious duo Want More come with their very first release here…

In its original form, Modern Day is a chunky, midtempo UKG instrumental whose most notable feature is its hefty warping bassline. The three remixes then feature a vocal from Mr Grimes, though heard in full on the Vocal Mix I have to say it’s a bit too indie-ish for these ears. Tank Edwards’ pacier, techier remix uses only snips of the vocal while adding some decidedly rave-y flourishes, but my pick of the vocal mixes would be Frankie Dep’s shuffly garage take.

It’s the original that stands out for me here, though.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Planet Acetate, which is Tank Edwards’ own label. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. As for Want More themselves, they’re actually two quite well-known figures on the scene but I’m sworn to secrecy…

DJ Able feat Donald Sheffey – Watcha Gonna Do

April 21, 2014 in Singles

DJ Able Watcha Gonna Do Soul Heaven RecordsThe second TIWWD showing of the week from the Defected stable… this time it’s the turn of the Soul Heaven imprint and Rinse FM regular DJ Able.

In its original form, Watcha Gonna Do is an energetic soulful houser powered along by warbling piano chords and topped by a full male vocal from Donald Sheffey. It’s accompanied simply by a Dub, which is essentially an instrumental pass except for chopped-up snippets of the chorus.

Fusing classic soulful house vibes with fresh, contemporary-sounding production, this is one the real garage lovers won’t want to miss.

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Heaven on Facebook or at their own website.

Mella Dee – Feel It Out

April 20, 2014 in Singles

Mella Dee Feel It Out Manucci's MistressMore garage-inflected bizniss here courtesy of London’s Manucci’s Mistress, a label who’ve not featured on here before, and Yorkshire lad Ryan Aitchison AKA Mella Dee.

Feel It Out marries contemporary house beats to a bassline that could’ve come straight off a 187 Lockdown or Baffled Republic record from 1997, topping the lot with stuttering, chipmunk’d “on the street, back on the street” vox. B-side Raptor operates in similar territory but this time with more techno-sounding drums, no vocal and some spooky, haunting synths, while fellow Yorkshireman Will Berridge serves up a slightly smoother, housier dub that nevertheless maintains the air of brooding menace.

File under “dark future garage”.

Out: This week

About: You can find Manucci’s Mistress and parent label Sccucci Manucci on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

ECLM – The Scene EP

April 20, 2014 in Singles

ECLM The Scene Arch44 MusicSome fine stuff coming from London’s Arch44 Music lately and this latest is no exception.

The Scene itself is a chuggy, bassy, contemporary-sounding deep houser with some nice garage-y organ stabs and a certain oft-sampled Cevin Fisher vocal. It’s Too Late is a proper late-night deep garage beauty which rocks a female “try to love me more each day” vocal that’s familiar to these ears from an old hardcore record* but obviously must’ve come from somewhere else before that, while the Lo Tek Remix of the latter beefs up the beats and ups the tempo for a more floor-friendly pass.

Good stuff all round, but it’s the original of It’s Too Late that’s the killer.

Out: This week

About: ECLM are known to their mums as Edward Castillon and Laur0 Martins (see what they did there?) while you can find Arch44 Music here, here and here.

Try To Love Me by Manix, from the Rainbow People EP, if anyone’s interested

Pozzi – Prime Suspect

April 20, 2014 in Singles

Pozzi Prime Suspect NightChild RecordsSouth African house wizards Pozzi take a trip into the deepest of tech territories on this five-track EP for New York’s NightChild Records.

I’m Trapped In Deep Shit sets the tone, its sparse, Detroitian deep techno grooves overlaid with vinyl crackle. Prime Suspect Dub is up next, a track with the emphasis firmly on the ‘dub’, while Midnight Drips is languid, minimalist fare; Ocean Voices is then a near-ambient, downtempo cut before finally Detroit Madness reprises the same kinda mood as the opener.

Five fine, head-friendly cuts best served on a sofa accompanied by your herbal cigarette of choice. I expect.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 16 May.

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

Scuba Stew & Blake Brown – It’s OK

April 20, 2014 in Singles

Scuba Stew & Blake Brown It's OK Trojan House RecordsA every familiar vocal gets another run-out here as Scuba Stew and Blake Brown serve up the vox from Whitney’s It’s Not Right (etc) atop a deep house backing.

It’s OK comes in four mixes. The original is a contemporary-style bass-heavy, big room deep house groove. The trippier, spacier Farfan Remix has jazz and disco elements, Matt Prehn’s rub chugs steadily along while tipping its hat to vintage Chi-town house sounds while a garage-tinged refix from Patrick Daniels, complete with monster bass stabs and downpitched vocal, is the most likely to appeal to young, hipster floors. Rounding out the package is French Hear, a mellower deep house groove with Balearic overtones.

With a range of styles on offer, plenty of jocks should find something to play here.

Out: This week (on Beatport)

About: This comes to you courtesy of Aussie label Trojan House Records, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Frank Donner – I Know What You’re Thinking EP

April 19, 2014 in Singles

Frank Donner I Know Groove OnA cool three-tracker here from George Morel’s Groove On imprint.

I Know What You’re Thinking itself is up first, an atmospheric, techy groove with stop-start drums, one hell of a bass drone and a half-sung, half-whispered male vocal. So Many Days is a more melodic, almost proggy affair with bursts of sax and snatches of quite poppy vox, but the track that caught my ears the most is This Brother, which starts out as a jackin’ tech groove, adds sumptuous, euphoric keys and then teases in a two-line vocal bite from Tone Loc’s 80s hiphop party classic Funky Cold Medina.

On paper, This Brother sounds like a right old mish-mash. On the soundsystem, though, it sounds like an end-of-night anthem in the making…

Out: This week

About: You can find George and chums grooving on Soundcloud and Facebook.