Various – Deop Vol 7: Winter 2015 Edition

December 31, 2014 in Singles

Deop Vol 7 Winter 2015 EditionIf there’s one thing there just aren’t enough of, it’s deep and tech house compilations that start with the sound of baa-ing sheep. I’ve always said that*.

Quite why the label simply known as Deep decided to call their compilation EP series Deop is anyone’s guess – ‘deep operations’, maybe? – but anyway, here’s volume seven, and it kicks off with Chester Code & Ash Traxx’s No Sheeps Allowed, which as well as the aforesaid ovine noises also runs to a neat line in warm bass, snatches of spoken vocal and simple warm, looping synths. It also sets the stall out pretty well for the rest of the EP, with ‘warm, deep and techy’ pretty much applying to all the tracks here. So rather than go into every track one-by-one, I’ll merely call your attention to some particular highlights: Ivan Svara’s broody, twitchy late-night gem No Dual, Matias Carafa’s moody, unhurried Darwin and the closing track by Yeyo, which is a synthified cover (yes, an actual cover, rather than a re-edit, homage track or sample-athon) of Akabu’s Ride The Storm.

With other tracks coming from Javier De Baraja, Nithen, Rodgrigo Vega and Transcient, this another very checkable V/A from Deep, particularly if you like your deep house on the more abstract, cerebral side.

Out: Today

About: Deep is part of the Liquid Music stable, and can be found here and here.

*I’ve never said that. Except just now, obviously. That doesn’t mean it’s not true, though. I’ve never said “The square roof of 17 is 4.12310562562”, either, but it is.

Juan Michavila – Pina Colada

December 31, 2014 in Singles

Juan Michavila Pina Colada Soundpersecond RecordsSo the floor’s packed and the dancers are bouncing along nicely… but you don’t want ’em to peak too soon. Now’s the time to drop down to a skankin’ reggae pace, letting people keep moving but get their breath back for a minute before the next onslaught of furiously slammin’ beats. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the DJ book, right up there with ‘turning off the wrong deck by accident’.*

If you happen to find yourself in need of such a slab at any time in the near future, you could do a lot worse than reach for this dubby, Latin-vocalled oddity from Soundpersecond Records. A little slice of tropical summer sunshine to warm those winter cockles, the hype sheet calls it a “Balearic-Italo-reggae-clash”, and it comes in simple Gamma Afterhours Mix (read: vocal) and Gamma Afterhours Dub (read: dub) mixes. And I think that’s about all you need to know!

Out: This week

About: You can find Soundpersecond Records, who make their TIWWD debut with this release, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

*Yes you have. Stop telling fibs.

Tony Thomas – Scat Cat EP

December 31, 2014 in Singles

Tony Thomas Scat Cat EP Family GroovesOkay people here we go… the final TIWWD reviews of 2014! And we kick off in suitably party-fied mode, with this EP from tech-house veteran Tony Thomas.

Two tracks, in a total of four mixes. Scat Cat itself, in its original form, tops jaunty, hip-shakin’ beats and a fat walking bassline with cartoon-y vox, while Adrian Scarlett & Teknoize opt for more of an afterhours vibe on their remix, with pounding 4/4s, insistent marimbas and the vocal kept to a minimum. Sorted, meanwhile, is dark, muscular and funky as all get out, and comes accompanied by a Guti Legatto Remix that takes things a notch or two deeper.

All good, but the original of Sorted and the remix of Scat Cat stand out for me.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 12 Jan.

About: This comes on Croatia’s ever-checkable Family Grooves, who you can find here, here and here.

Gianni Ruocco – I Love House Music

December 30, 2014 in Singles

Gianni Ruocco I Love House Music White Music RecordsOkay party people what we’re gonna do right here is go BACK… y’know, the way we used to do it! For the spirit of vintage house is definitely, defiantly alive and well in this two-tracker from Chilean label White Music Records.

Yes, the beats underpinning I Love House Music may be tech-house 2014-style, but everything else you’ll hear – the strident diva vox, the whooshy synths, the funky-assed walking bassline – is straight-up trad-style house pure and simple. Likewise the Doctor Groove Remix, which is a fair bit ‘busier’ but essentially uses all the same elements.

Two very solid peaktime cuts, then, that while they don’t exactly break any new ground, should find favour with househeads both young and old.

Out: Today!

About: You can find White Music Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Chilly – Driver

December 30, 2014 in Singles

Chilly Driver Blue DyeNext up tonight we have this lil’ gem from Germany’s Blue Dye.

In its original form, Driver itself is a fairly trad-style deep house groove driven along by lovely warm synth chords and chopped-up, chorus’d vox. Oru’s more leftfield/avant-garde remix isn’t working quite so well for yours truly if I’m being honest, but no matter because you also get Last Forever, a more pounding house cut with some ace garage-y keys and chopped, male soulful vox.

In fact, I think Last Forever just nudges it over the original of the title track…

Out: This week

About: Blue Dye are based in Munich and can be found here, here and here.

Alex Nemec & Nik Feral – Friction

December 30, 2014 in Singles

Alex Nemec & Nik Feral Friction Sounds Of EarthThree mixes to choose from on this latest offering from Mexico’s Sounds Of Earth label, which is the result of a team-up between Slovenia’s Alex Nemec and Manchester’s Nik Feral.

In its original form, Friction can best be described as “Moroder goes tech-house”. A somewhat deeper pass from Mexico’s own 2People! starts with some cool organ drones then heads into darker, more dramatic territory as it goes along, while Argentinian producer Facundo Morr strips things right back on his remix, creating something that’ll maybe be a little easier for a lot of tech-house jocks to programme.

All good, but the Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Sounds Of Earth on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Vitalik: A Retrospective Of One

December 29, 2014 in Albums

Vitalik A Retrospective Of OneOkay, last one for tonight, and the last ‘post-Xmas catch-up’ review before, tomorrow, we can move on to this week’s releases.

In case anyone’s confused by the title… no, Ryan O Gorman and Henry Rumour’s Spanish-based Vitalik Recordings label isn’t one year old. In fact they’ve been going since 2009, so the title simply reflects the fact that this is their first label compilation. And a very fine compilation it is too, home to 12 quality tracks spanning the deep house/tech house/deep techno spectrum, with a tendency towards the instrumental, melodic and slightly abstract/proggy side of things. Label stalwarts Agnes and Mark Henning & JUG make two appearances apiece, while other names you might recognise include the likes of Jamie Lloyd, Gerd (on remix duties), Franklin De Costa, Soulade, Blackhall & Bookless and Appleblim.

Agnes’s delicate Ancient Methods is one highlight for this reviewer, Appleblim’s pigeonhole-defying Moonlight another, Soulade’s bass-rumblin’ Fora Da Chuva yet another. But really this is a collection best served whole, and given your full attention so that its intricate subtleties don’t pass you by unnoticed. “Music for the mind, body and soul” is the label’s motto, and A Retrospective Of One certainly lives up to it.

Out: Last week

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

Matteo Floris – Come Closer

December 29, 2014 in Singles

Matteo Floris Come Closer Svogue MuziqA nice lil’ two-tracker here from Spain’s ever-checkable Svogue Muziq.

On the A, Come Closer itself is a mid-paced groover with a nice chunky, hip-swayin’ bassline, menacing synths and treated, cut-up male “let me talk to you” vox. It’s plenty playable, but the real treat for yours truly here is actually the B-side, The Driller, a tuffer, struttier cut with jerky drums, chopped-up “ladies and gentlemen in the house” vox and a neat line in fat, warping bass.

Out: Last week

About: You can find Svogue Muziq here, here and here.

Groove Salvation – Spin Me Something

December 29, 2014 in Singles

Groove Salvation Spin Me Something DKRAnd from Groove Syndicate (see below) we move on to Portugal’s Groove Salvation, who here is doing the do for UK label DKR, AKA Digital Killers Records.

In its original form, Spin Me Something – which takes its name from the male “DJ, spin me something!” vocal that loops, on-and-off, throughout – is warm, fuzzy and vaguely tribal-ish. Hard to believe it’s nearly 20 years since yours truly went on a clubbing holiday to Lisbon, but they have indeed been honing this sound on the Iberian peninsula ever since… and it shows! The Ace Paradise Remix is similar but a little twitchier/techier in the percussion department, while the Le Brion Remix heads in the opposite direction and turns the dial marked ‘tribal’ UP. Finally, there’s the deeper MGF Project Dub Tech Remix, which shouldn’t really need too much explaining.

A little more variety in the mixes wouldn’t have gone amiss but this is good stuff all the same, with the original and MGF Project rubs vying for the gold.

Out: Last week

About: Depending whether you believe the hype sheet or their Soundcloud page, DKR are based in either Bolton or Manchester, and you can find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Di Chiara Brothers – Our Mind EP

December 29, 2014 in Singles

Di Chiara Brothers Our Mind EP Red Lunar RecordsThe very first release from another brand new UK label here… say hello, everyone, to Red Lunar Records!

Italian duo Di Chiara Brothers are at the controls for RLR001. Our Mind itself marries fierce, pounding Chi-town kicks to synths and sampled diva vox that are highly reminiscent of old skool Italo house, and tops the lot with a disembodied male voice asking if you remember house music and how it made you feel (and no, it’s not the Blaze vocal you’re thinking of). Groove Syndicate supply a remix that smoothes off some of the rough edges, while rounding out the EP is Crazy Moment, a strutty, percussive cut topped with hip-house vox and filter disco-style stabs.

A fine way to start a label… more, please!

Out: Last week

About: You can find Red Lunar Records on Soundcloud and Facebook. Show some love people!