Thomas – Sexed Up

August 31, 2014 in Singles

Thomas Sexed Up Whiskey PickleA nice range of mixes again on this latest from Austin, Texas-based Whiskey Pickle… which is always easier, from a reviewer’s point of view, than trying to find different things to say about four microscopically different tech-house rubs!

So, in its Original form Sexed Up has something of a Balearic, yacht rock kinda vibe, being a lazy, laidback groove that sits somewhere between spangly nu-disco and lounge-leaning deep house, and that sports some ace George Benson-esque jazz-funk geetar action. The Brothers In Arms Remix drops the tempo further and adds both male and female vocal snips, transforming the track into something of a slo-mo gem. The even slower Jonny Blackouts Remix then takes us into near-ambient territory, before label boss Richard Gear (see what he did there?) steps up to the remix plate and heads in the opposite direction, housing the track right up and giving it a nice phat ass-shaking b-line while he’s about it.

It’s the latter rub that stands out for yours truly but the quality meter’s set high throughout, rest assured!

Out: This week

About: You can find Whiskey Pickle here, here and here.

Undercolors – Bells EP

August 31, 2014 in Singles

Undercolors Bells EP AquasoundA neat lil’ two-tracker here from Miami’s Aquasound stable that sits right on the deep/tech house cusp.

On the A, The Bells itself is a no-nonsense midtempo chugger, with “I’m a freak” spoken vox, crisp hi-hats, a hefty rumbling b-line and, of course, bell sounds, though the latter are used quite sparingly. Flip it over and you’ll find the charmingly titled Mother Fucker, a more driving cut with cavernous production, rock solid kicks, big scary bass stabs and a spoken “I love this beat… dance, motherfuckers!” vocal. Possibly from the same guy who’s a freak on the A, but it’s hard to say for sure.

Looking for some heavyweight tracky shit for darker floors, that’s still got a nice house-y swing to it? Look no further!

Out: This week

About: Find Aquasound online here.

jozif – Rutka EP

August 31, 2014 in Singles

jozif Rutka EP Leftroom LtdSome typically fine, forward-thinking house bizniss from Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Ltd here.

London producer Jozif Goodwin, AKA jozif with a small ‘J’, is the man at the controls, serving up three pleasingly varied originals. Afraid Of Dee has a wonked-out, east London warehouse kinda feel, Rutka itself is a deeper, groovier affair with a spoken vocal about emancipation from slavery, while Sweet Thief has dubby and jazzy elements and comes on like Boulevard-era St Germain after a few added party smarties. Rounding out the EP, M_nus man Hearthrob provides a techier remix of the latter track that tuffens up the drums a notch but largely strips out the jazz/blues elements.

Rutka and the original of Sneak Thief share top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Leftroom/Leftroom Ltd on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Two Years Of Natural Rhythm

August 31, 2014 in Albums

Two Years Of Natural RhythmRomania’s Natural Rhythm (and sub-labels Waldliebe Familien and Quanticman Records) have only recently popped up on the TIWWD radar. How convenient, then, that they should choose to release this ‘best of so far’ collection now!

The collection comprises a whopping 40 tracks, totalling over five hours of music, so you’ll forgive me if we don’t go in for the full track-by-track right now! But tech-house from the tuffer, drummier side is the general order of the day, with a dash or two of straight-up techno, though as you might expect given the sheer quantity of tuneage on offer there’s room too for excursions into other music pastures, which are actually some of the best bits. Dive in and you’ll find dubwise skank on Trippy Soul’s Jack Behrouz, a lil’ filter disco flava on Vinyl Speed Adjust’s That’s Right, bubblin’ deep house vibes on Paul Eg’s Sloth Morning and head-frying acieeeeeed on Manuel Belgrano’s Mind Tool, to name but a few of the delights on offer.

Belgrano is in fact one of the few familiar names involved, along with label boss Horatio, H’s partner-in-crime Gruia, Nima Gorji and Ronan Portela (him again!) – otherwise,  these are mostly newer talents. Which makes this collection an ideal way to familiarise yourself with the house and techno sound of eastern Europe, 2014-style…

Out: This week

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

Various/Stefano Noferini – Club Edition 2014

August 31, 2014 in Albums

Stefano Noferini Club Edition 2014 DeeperfectIn which Deeperfect boss Stefano Noferini serves up 22 of his label’s finest, presented in full-length, unmixed format for your DJing pleasure.

Deeperfect get their fair share of TIWWD reviews love so, as with the Jazzy Eyewear album below, regular readers should have some idea to expect here. And yes, non-stop tech-house vibes are the order of the day, but I would point out that while it’s generally the housier nuggets from the Deeperfect release schedule that make it onto this blog, this compilation covers the full tech-house spectrum, from the house-y to out-and-out techno. As such, I’ll admit there are one or two tracks that go just a little too hard/industrial for yours truly. But we’re talking one or two tracks out of 22, so it’s not really a big issue – and in terms of the overall listening experience, the album’s definitely better for not being just 22 party-hearty rollers one after another.

With a mix of names both familiar (Matt Sassari, Stefano himself, Ronan Portela, Frink, Danniel Selfmade) and less so (er, just about everyone else), if you’ve yet to get properly acquainted with this very fine Italian tech-house label, there’s really never been a better time…

Out: This week, on Beatport exclusively

About: You can find Deeperfect here and here.

Jazzy Eyewear – 10 Years Of Jazzy Eyewear

August 31, 2014 in Albums

10 Years Of Jazzy Eyewear So Sound RecordingsThe first of three albums to tell you about tonight is this ‘best of’ selection from an old friend of TIWWD’s, So Sound label boss Fabian Giannattasio, AKA Jazzy Eyewear – released, as the more Sherlock-like among you may have already guessed, to mark a decade in the game (even though that landmark was actually reached last year).

As you’d expect given that some of these tracks are 10 years old (and if you know Fabian’s style generally), what’s on offer here is a more old-school style of deep house – if you’re looking for glacial Berlin cool or du jour heavyweight bass, you’re out of luck. Instead this is an altogether funkier, soul-infused take on ‘deep’ that looks (or rather looked) to labels like Transport, Salted or Drop Music for inspiration. Vocals, when present, tend towards the R&B-ish/Prince-y rather than the electro/indie style of vocal that dominates right now, and with a jazzy flourish here and a garage twist there, the album’s 17 tracks all adds up to a very pleasing 1 hour 53 minutes of soulful deep house, y’know, the way we used to…

What’s more, this is only part 1! Three more installments to come, so watch this space…

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on So Sound Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook. You can find Fabian himself on Soundcloud too.

Paul Pure – OK EP

August 30, 2014 in Singles

Paul Pure OK EP Svogue MuziqLastly for tonight we have this two-tracker from Paul Pure, a Lithuanian producer based in London, coming on Spanish label Svogue Muziq.

Let’s Go is up first, a very now-sounding house/garage/bass fusion with the obligatory big strutty b-line, chopped-up soulful backing vox, piercing synths and a spoken “Ready? Let’s go baby/It’s time to hit the floor, so sexy” main male vocal. On the flip, OK itself is a tuffer affair nudging closer to tech-house/G-house territory with its chopped rap-style vox (“big bad bassline sounds… OK”), militant off-kilter rhythms and wonked-out synth FX.

OK is okay, especially the retro 909-ish drum sounds, but it’s Let’s Go that’s earning this its place here.

Out: This week

About: Svoque Muziq live here, here and here. And in Barcelona.

South Royston – Another Night EP

August 30, 2014 in Singles

South Royston Another Night EP Four40 RecordsSome hefty, bass-inflected house bizniss here from Birmingham’s Four40 Records.

On the A, Another Night itself lifts a certain very famous Peech Boys vocal and places it atop stuttering drums, euphoric synths and a BIG, rasping speed garage b-line. Bad Format on the flip operates in similar territory generally speaking, but the warping b-line is more 00s bassline than 90s speed garage, and the overall feel is a bit smoother compared to the peaktime freny of the title track. Oh, and the one-line ‘back it up’ vocal doesn’t come from a Larry Levan record.

Bad Format just nudges it for me but you can see both tracks doing plenty of dancefloor damage over the coming months.

Out: This week

About: Find Four40 Records here, here and here.

Moralez – Bounce Clips EP

August 30, 2014 in Singles

Moralez Bounce Clips EP Frole RecordsBeen a few months since Italy’s Frole Records featured on this blog, but now here they are again with an EP from Moralez, who’s known for his work on International Deejay Gigolos and Skylax (it says here).

On the A-side, Bounce is one of those tracks that does what it says on the non-existent tin: built around tuff, no-nonsense kicks, crisp hi-hats and a fat-ass b-line, it simply DEMANDS you do what the title says! Stuttered 80s remix-style vox and killer organ stabs merely add to the appeal. Flip it over and you’ll find the more G-housey Mitsubishi In Clips, credited to Moralez & Pahatam, which I’d like more if the rap vocal wasn’t quite so aggressive. I know that’s probably kind of the point but I do struggle with having men shouting me about niggaz n’ bitchez. Mitsubishi… also comes with an Acid Reshape but to be honest the 303 squelch feels a bit tacked-on.

A game of two halves, then, but luckily Bounce is worth the price of admission on its own.

Out: This week

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

No Artificial Colours – The Menace EP

August 30, 2014 in Singles

No Artificial Colours Menace EP MadTech RecordsA very fine three-tracker here coming on Kerri Chandler’s Mad Tech Records.

The Menace itself is up first, blending garage-y organs and falsetto male vox with tuff, big room house beats and rave-y stabs. Hypnotize is a more lo-slung and in places lightly prog-tinged affair, with snatches of spoken vocal buried deep in the mix and some chimes thrown in for good measure. Bringing the EP to a close is Hawk, which for me rivals the title track for the gold with its nagging old-skool keyboard riff and insistent bass throb.

Out: This week

About: You can find MadTech here, here and here.