Cele – Non Stop EP

June 30, 2014 in Singles

Cele Non Stop EP DeeperfectIt’s been a while since Deeperfect had any TIWWD love, so let’s remedy that right now with a look at this latest three-track offering from the Italian stable.

Non Stop itself is up first, a midpaced, percussion-led and quite dark affair with mucho wobbly bass-synth action and snatches of what sounds like sampled 50s B-movie dialogue. Like A Joint follows, a heads-down cut with more sampled spoken vox (this time discussing spliff etiquette), a second, heavily treated vocal talking about synthesizers, and most importantly, definite echoes of Energy Flash in the musical backdrop. And then finally there’s Bass Stop, a drummy roller with some guy talking about how “this music… it’s a beautiful thing”.

Very solid tech-house bizniss as ever from Deeperfect… sorry it’s been so long guys!

Out: Today

About: You can find Deeperfect on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alex Agore – The Prayer EP

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Alex Agore The Prayer EP Axe On WaxLast one for tonight, and we stay in garage-y territory with this quite superlative EP from Berlin producer Alex Agore.

The Prayer itself is up first, with a male voice intoning “this is the Lord’s Prayer” atop crisp beats, lilting synth woodwinds and, most importantly, Jersey-style chords you could swim in, with more vocal elements joining the party as the track progresses. James Johnston supplies a remix that opts for busier drums, added sax parps and a rough-edged, balls-out approach to production reminiscent of early Terrence Parker outings. Elsewhere, meanwhile, Make U Feel goes down a similarly raw, uplifting and NY/NJ-sounding route, while Praise Dubb looks to the deeper side of classic Jersey for inspiration.

Basically, if your record collection has lots of old Eight Ball, Nite Grooves, Movin’ or Strobe records in it, you’re gonna love this!

Out: This week

About: This is actually the very first release from a brand new label, Axe On Wax. Their Soundcloud page says they’re based in ‘Waxville’ but as it’s Federico Lange’s label, and he’s based in London, I’m guessing the label is too! Anyway they’re on Facebook too, and – I’ve just spotted from looking at the latter – this comes on 180g yellow vinyl, so what are you waiting for?

Superdrums – Don’t Walk Away EP

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Superdrums Don't Walk Away EP Electronical ReedsMore classic-style sounds on this latest offering from Belgian label Elecrtronical Reeds.

Two tracks in a total of four mixes to choose from. All This Love is a fairly uptempo, peaktime kinda house cut with 90s-style pianos, throbbing organs and a soulful male “I can’t fall in love” (?) vocal. But it’s Waiting For My Loving that’s the real treat – a proper US-style garage jam that could have come out any time in the past 20 years. Lex Newton strips things back and adds big bass and jaunty glockenspiel/xylophone-type sounds, the result being a mix that nods more towards UK variants of the garage gene, while Superdrums’ own Evil Dub shouldn’t need too much explaining.

As good as those two rubs and All This Love are though, it’s the original of Waiting For My Love all the way for me here.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 11 July.

About: You can find Electronical Reeds, who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ricky Tinez – Tell Me EP

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Ricky Tinez Tell Me EP Different AttidudesRicky Tinez, who’s also one-half of VELCRO, serves up some typically fine house fare for Different Attitudes here.

In its Original form, Tell Me harks back to the mid-90s glory days of vocal house, albeit for most of the track said vocal consists of just the one line looping over and over atop near-syncopated drums and a surging b-line. As the track progresses, though, chorused backing vox add more of a soulful edge, while a nagging flute line towards the very end adds energy ready for you to push upwards to the next level with whatever you drop next. Sam Haas’s remix is a more stripped-down, laidback affair that lets the soulful vox shine through, while finally The Earliest heads in the opposite direction, being a considerably tuffer cut with a great contrast between the contemporary big bassline and more classic-sounding warm organs and soulful vocals.

I think it’s actually The Earliest that I’m feeling most, personally, but this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 July.

About: Find Different Attitudes here and here.

Steve Mastro – The New Side

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Steve Mastro The New Side Kosmophono LtdA nice simple two-tracker here that’s also the very first release from Kosmophono’s new Kosmophono Ltd sub-label.

Canadian producer Steve Mastro is the man at the helm. On the A, he gives us The New Side, which is either very deep tech-house or quite techy deep house, if you see what I mean – a midpaced affair predicated around a simple lolloping rhythm, multiple layers of FX and barely-there snatches of spoken female vocal. Flip it over and you’ll find This Is Why, a slightly livelier affair but again keeping things nice and understated, consisting primarily of dubwise bass/drums and snatches of spoken/whispered male vox, with various other sounds  drifting in and out of the mix as the track progresses.

Two unassuming, connoisseur-friendly deep cuts that surely bode well for the new sub-label’s future.

Out: This week

About: You can find Kosmophono, and the new Ltd offshoot, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Michael Jansons – Tunnel Vision

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Michael Jansons Tunnel Vision Resonance RecordsThree tracks in a total of seven mixes here, though for yours truly there’s one clear standout.

Tunnel Vision itself in its original form is a serviceable, summery house groove, with some nice energy-giving piano action and a bassline reminscent of Aly-Us’s classic Follow Me. Everybody is a solid contemporary-style deep/tech houser, with treated vox and a neat line in squelching acid, while Night Music comes on like a dreamier variation on the latter theme and reminds me a bit of old Shimmer records, if anyone’s old enough to remember Shimmer! As for the remixes, Rich Ahmed supplies two takes on Tunnel Vision that takes us into more stripped-down, techier territory.

So far, so “perfectly playable”. But then, you see, there’s the Max Chapman Remix, which adds ominous, descending bass drones and loops up the breathy female “in focus the second you walk in” vocal (present only fleetingly on the other rubs) – and in doing so, transforms the track into as fine a piece of dark, hypnotic, 4am house as you’ll hear all week.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Manchester’s Resonance Records, who you can find here and here.

Tarron Trekka – Tarron Trekka EP

June 29, 2014 in Singles

Tarron Trekka Tarron Trekka EP FINA RecordsAn interesting mix of styles on this new EP from FINA Records.

Tarron Trekka are the German duo of Daniel Müller-Sachs and Andreas Kriester, and they serve up four originals here. Alelle Fu is a midtempo tech-house cut with echos of both disco and 80s electro. Savant sees the duo venture in dusty, lo-fi jazz-house pastures, and they stay there for Straff Afo. But the standout for yours truly is Olsen Mosaik, a slice of proper dreamy, dubby late-night deep house goodness.

A must-check for fans of Compost, JCR etc.

Out: This week

About: You can find FINA Records on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Nardew – Ordinary Man EP

June 28, 2014 in Singles

Nardew Ordinary Man EP Hoover The HouseLastly for tonight, we have this three-tracker from a label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before, Hoover The House.

Black Stockings gets the ball rolling, a lively house groover with gorgeous jazzy keys instilling a bucketload of energy, wall-to-wall synth washes, a ponderous walking bassline and, towards the end, sampled preacherman vox and a separate, sung “I’ve got faith” male vocal. Ordinary Man itself follows with rolling percussion, more of those ace jazzy keyboards and a sampled “I’m something more than an ordinary man” vocal, while Ranije brings the EP to a close on a funk-fuelled deep house tip, all wukka-wukking guitar licks, crisp beats, intricate bass and dreamy “yeah, yeah” vox.

A fine EP that’ll play on deep and soulful floors equally well.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 10 July.

About: Find Hoover The House, who are based in Austria, here. This is the label’s 12th release.

Michael BiBi – Heat Of The Night/Feeding Me Poison

June 28, 2014 in Singles

Michael BiBi Heat Of The Night Stripped OffA nice simple two-tracker here from Stripped Off.

On the A, Heat Of The Night is a stripped-down, dub-tinged tech-houser with muted kicks, woodblock percussion and a distorted (and vaguely disturbing) spoken male vocal. Flip it over, and Feeding Me Poison is slightly more upbeat but retains a similar air of brooding menace to the A, and comes topped with snippets of a male vocal that’s either a sample from, or a homage to, a similarly titled Prodigy classic… it’s been mangled to within an inch of its life so it’s hard to tell!

When you want to turn the dark up, either of these two will do the job nicely. Well, “nicely” isn’t the right word but you know what I mean!

Out: This week

About: You can find Stripped Off, and the rest of the Stripped/Hype Muzik label family, here and here.

Luca Barletta – Outerspace EP

June 28, 2014 in Singles

Luca Barletta Outerspace EP Rave Of LoveHere we have what is only the second release from Swiss label Rave Of Love – “a project born to make room for musical experimentation electronics in all his forms.”

Outerspace itself is up first, a throbby, midpaced affair with sampled Mission Control dialogue that you can file under deep house or deep techno as you see fit. In To The Deep follows, a late-night deep house groove with crisp percussion, bubblin’ bass and a whispered female vocal. Time To Change is a more obviously floor-friendly cut with more of that phat bass, chopped-up fem vox and a driftaway feel overall, and then finally a Rhadow Remix thereof takes us into proggier, more soundscape-y territory, and adds a sampled, spoken male vocal.

“Sophisticated tracks for the more discerning music fan,” reads the hype sheet, and they’re not wrong.

Out: This week

About: You can find Rave Of Love on Soundcloud and Facebook.