Gee Moore – Gee Myself And I

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Gee Moore Gee Myself And I Endemic DigitalA full-length offering here from Gee Moore, known to the world as the founder/owner/resident DJ at Bora Bora in Ibiza, and to myself as a general ‘good egg’ type. His first full-length, if I’m not mistaken…

The hype sheet describes it as “an album with elements of deep house, tech house, indie, electronic and some hippy psychedelic vibes”. Which is a fair enough description, though it’s equally fair to say that it’s tech house that predominates. The trippy, bass-warping, acid-fried bubbler that is My Best Friend Is In My Head is one standout, Organanic is like listening to US garage on serious psychedelics, U Go I Stay flirts with indie-dance/nu-disco, while for those ‘lost in strobes and dry ice’ moments in front of big speakers, I’d humbly point you in the direction of Evolution Revolution.

An impressively varied album, then, from a man who’s done more to push the cause of house music than most. Respect.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Endemic Digital, who as ever live here and here.

AcidFlowerzz – Dark Alley EP

November 30, 2014 in Singles

AcidFlowerzz Dark Alley EP Svoque MuziqA neat lil’ two-tracker here from Spain’s Svogue Muziq, featuring two contrasting cuts from Buenos Aires’s Leandro Matias, AKA AcidFlowerzz.

On the A, Dark Alley itself starts out with sparse beats and indecipherable vocal snips, but builds inexorably into something chunkier and struttier (albeit still in a fairly laidback kinda way, if that makes any sense). Over on the B, Aka Deep is an altogether different proposition, a midpaced bordering on slo-mo affair with downpitched soulful vox and a lazy, druggy vibe that means it would sit well next to the more minimal cuts on the Liam Geddes EP below.

Aka Deep‘s good – and sports some wicked clanging bells for added tripped-out effect – but Dark Alley wins out for me.

Out: This week

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

Liam Geddes – Always High EP

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Liam Geddes Always High EP Deep Edition RecordingsNo stranger to this blog, here Mr Geddes returns with a four-tracker for Martijn’s Deep Edition Recordings.

Always High itself is up first, a stripped-back deep house chugger sporting some lovely understated jazzy piano chords and snippets of chopped-up spoken vox on top of its simple beats and layered atmospherics. 27 is even sparser, leaning towards minimal but featuring some gently tinkling ivories you’d seldom find on a ‘minimal’ track. If This Happened operates in similar terrirtory, while finally Reflux is a more floor-friendly, albeit still very laidback, deep houser with beefy kicks and just a hint of acid.

Involving stuff that’s strictly “for da headz”, as they say.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 8 December.

About: Find Deep Edition here and here.

Marasco – My Home EP

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Marasco My Home EP Frole RecordsWould’ve reviewed this one right after the You Are Release below, if I’d thought about it, cos it ploughs a similarly tech-tinged, contemporary house furrow.

My Home itself is up first, which sports ominous, sonorous bells in the background and what appears to be some Cockney geezer reminiscing about his first Glastonbury upfront, and which, quite rightly, doesn’t feel pressured to ‘do’ very much at all, letting the groove do the work. David Durango’s glitchier refix steers it more towards tech/minimal crowds. The other original, Silver Lining, is a sparse, strutty affair and similarly unhurried, while again, techier thrills await on the Give Us The Tools Remix.

It’s the originals that stand out above the remixes here for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: This is the work of Italy’s Frole Records, who live here, here and here.

Flo – The Deep Jazz

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Flo The Deep Jazz Needa RecordsAnother new label here, this being only the fourth release from Aberdeen’s Needa Records (and the second to feature here, the first being their debut release from Jackmaster K last year).

Belgian producer Flo serves up two originals: the mid-paced, atmospheric deep houser that is Noir & Blanc with its nice lil’ nods to old skool Chi-town, and the fairly self-explanatory title track, which features some Hammond (or poss Farfisa?) organ work to die for. Kindimmer’s No Swing At 7am Remix of the former is, as you’d probably guess, a wee bit more heads-down and driving (in deep house terms!) than the original, while young Scottish producer Rondevu serves up a dreamy refix of The Deep Jazz that complements the original perfectly.

Very classy stuff that marks Needa out as a label to keep an eye on.

Out: This week

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

Various – You Are We Vol 1

November 30, 2014 in Singles

You Are We Vol 1Another various artists offering here, this one coming from brand new label You Are We (and I do mean brand new… this is YAW001).

Six tracks from as many artists, mostly new names to yours truly: Wildkats, Alexis Raphael, Ashley Wild, Kreature, Johnny Mikes ft Michael B and Borrowed Time. No time to go into each one individually right now, but suffice to say the mood overall is either the deeper side of tech-house or the techier side of deep house (depending how you look at it) and all very contemporary-sounding, with Borrowed Time’s moody Thinking Out Loud and Wildkats’ shimmering, euphoric Imagine Us the standouts for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Set up by Scott Dickie & Stuart Sandeman (AKA Wildcats) and Ashley Wild, You Are We is the label offshoot of the London party of the same name that’s already spread its wings as far as Glastonbury, Burning Man and Ibiza. Find out more by hitting them up on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Inner City Records Vol 4

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Inner City Records Vol 4Only the fourth release here by Inner City Records… and the fourth to get reviewed on TIWWD. Which may well be some kind of record, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Once again, it’s a V/A offering and home to some very fine deep house grooves. Leigh D Oliver & Andy Lee are up first with Moves Ya, a track with nice fat squelchy bass and a strong influence from trad-style deep US garage. It’s a more UK garage-influenced sound that Leigh then offers up on his solo piece (Sic), Mystep’s Night Drive sits right on the deep/tech house cusp, while finally label co-owner Roland Nights mixes up classic garage and more contemporary ‘bass house’ tropes on his Chandler-esque Let It Rain.

There’s a reason ICR’s hit-rate has been so high, y’know… this is essential stuff.

Out: This week

About: Either the hype sheet contains an error, or Inner City Records have relocated from Manchester to Dorset. Anyway, you can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Da Lukas – I Like That

November 29, 2014 in Singles

Da Lukas I Like That Sujet MusiqueOkay, that’s enough speed garage nostalgia for one night so I’ll sign off with this defiantly groovy tech-house two-tracker from Munich’s Sujet Musique.

On the A, the original version rocks nice chunky kicks and an even chunkier bassline from the get-go, topping them with crowd/party noise and barely decipherable spoken vox. Some rave stabs straight outta 1992 then come in to push the energy levels even higher. The DJ Linus Remix, meanwhile, opts for more rolling, terrace-y drums and turns up the squelch on the bassline… but sadly loses the stabs.

As a result, the latter rub is a decent go-all-night workout for longer sets and 4am heads-down moments, but it’s the original I’d reach for when peaktime devastation is what’s required.

Out: This week

About: Find Sujet Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Billy Butler – Understand EP

November 29, 2014 in Singles

Billy Butler Understand EP Freche Fruchte RecordingsAnd the retro garage vibes keep on coming with this newie from Yorkshire’s Freche Fruchte Recordings.

Three tracks to choose from. Boomblast evinces a good working knowledge of classic deep Jersey garage of the early-mid 90s with its skippy beats and gloriously raw organ chords. Exception looks to the speed garage days for inspiration, as does Understand itself (credited to Billy Butler feat Chris Harman) but with tuffer percussion and a “life is all about expression” vocal (that isn’t the Soul II Soul one, in case you were wondering).

Boomblast just nudges it to these ears but again, s’all good…

Out: This week on Traxsource

About: Find Freche Fruchte here, here and here.

BDJ & Hurlee – Full Of Love

November 29, 2014 in Singles

BDJ & Hurlee Full Of Love Underground SourceMore bass house/speed garage vibes on this latest from Tunisia’s Underground Source.

Full Of Love is up first, a rollicking peaktime stomper with lashings of ruff-edged bottom end, insistent hi-hats and a euphoric vocal in which a full-lunged young lady serves up choice lines from a certain Sylvester classic. I’ll Be Working is a more lo-slung and sultry affair with elements borrowed from proper, original Jersey-style garage, while What I Need (credited to BDJ on his own) with its warping bassline and soulful male vocal samples revisits the early days of bassline house. All The Time, a more late-night variation on the theme, plays us out.

All good but I’ll Be Working and What I Need share top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Underground Source here and here.