Cotterell – If I Was You

March 31, 2015 in Singles

Cotterell If I Was You Plastik PeopleJust the one review tonight, but it’s a belter… then again, from Plastik People we’ve come to expect no less!

Label boss Marc Cotterell is the man at the controls, serving up a frankly superb slice of proper old skool deep US garage, complete with skippy beats, melancholic New Jersey-style organs and, if  you opt for the Vocal Garage Cut, a testifying soulful male vocal. If the latter’s a bit too preacherman-ish for you, though, have no fear – the accompanying Garage Cut is a dub pass that lets those glorious organs shine through in all their glory.

Another superb offering from the always on-point Albuquerque stable… go seek!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 13 April.

About: Find Plastik People (very apt motto: “Deep underground house for the soul”) here, here and here.

Various – No 552 EP

March 30, 2015 in Singles

No 552 EP Street King

And speaking of King Street (see Ensall review below), here’s the latest in sub-label Street King’s excellent ‘number’ series of EPs.

The Cologne-based duo of Lifekiss&Hoover are up first with Can You Feel It?, a track that with its surging drums, nagging old skool pianos and attitude-y female vocal (“one more time Mr DJ, one more time for the crowd… can you feel it?”) would be a strong contender for peaktime Saturday night podium action, an effect only heightened by the inclusion of some almost handbag-ish synth stabs. B-Liv give us Jazz Whirling next, a deeper house groove with hefty throbbing bass, solid kicks, all manner of atmospherics and, most importantly, plenty of mournful, moody jazz saxomophone. The EP’s then completed by Original and Dub mixes of Mario Bianco’s My Soul Sacrifice, a real journey of a track that tops tribal drums with Santana-esque fretwork, interspersed with some lounge-y keyboard licks.

My Soul Sacrifice definitely wins out in the “original and distinctive” stakes, while Can You Feel It? is easily the safest bet for floor play. But Jazz Whirling is good too… which means, all told, this is something of a must-check EP.

Out: Now on Traxsource promo, full release TBA.

About: You know where to find the King Street massive by now!

Ensall – Friday

March 30, 2015 in Singles

Ensall Friday Avec MoiNext up tonight, we have this very fine deep house two-tracker from Romania’s Avec Moi Records.

On the A, Friday itself rocks a combination of tuff, stripped beats, organic-sounding bass and gorgeously warm, enveloping pads that makes me think of early 90s New York (think Strictly, King Street, Eightball), topping this killer combo with a spoken, Latino gangster-style vocal (“I know you don’t smoke weed… I know this”). Flip it over and you’ll find Viddibiez, a slightly bouncier, more strutty affair with garage-y female vocal snips, some great disco stabs and a nice phat bottom end.

In other words: proper underground house shizzle that could have been made any time in the past 20 years or so. And if you’ve got a problem with that, you’re probably reading the wrong blog 🙂

Out: Last week, but playing catch-up after my birthday weekend…

About: Find Avec Moi here and here.

Dany Cohiba – Whatsapp Addict

March 30, 2015 in Singles

Dany Cohiba Whatsapp Addict Marba RecordsA nice chunky little house groover from Mr Cohiba here, sitting right on the deep/tech cusp.

Underpinned by skippy beats and a pleasingly old skool bass throb, a young woman declares “Get to the club (something something), all I wanna do is shake my butt, but twerking won’t set me free” as organ-like pads pulsate and shakers shake. And, bar a few understated builds and drops to maintain interest, that’s it – this is one for those 4am locked-on moments for sure.

There’s just the one mix, but to be honest that’s all you’ll need… any house floor that’s already warmed up nicely should move to this.

Out: Now, on Traxsource – not sure if a wider release is coming or not.

About: This is brought to you by Marba Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

City Soul Project – Be Bop Thing [Jay Vegas Remix]

March 30, 2015 in Singles

City Soul Project Be Bop Thing City Soul RecordsSlightly misleading title to this latest City Soul Project offering… if you came looking for ker-razy Charlie Parker sax solos, you’re gonna be disappointed! But Be Bop Thing is worth checking all the same, being a gently lolloping, disco-leaning deep house groover with a looping female “I’ll give you love” vocal sample, augmented by fluttering flutes and a male voice intoning the title every now and then.

Just the one mix, so not a lot more I can tell you really.

Out: Today

About: This comes on the boys’ own City Soul Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud, while Scott and Ryan themselves can be found on Facebook.

Various – Ten

March 29, 2015 in Albums

Ten Spearhead RecordsCrack out the jelly and ice cream… Spearhead Records are 10 years old. Yep, Steve ‘Bcee’ Jefroy’s D&B label have been in the game for a full decade and to celebrate they bring you this 24-track compilation featuring 11 of their finest moments to date and 13 brand new tracks, plus a 70-minute “history of Spearhead Records megamix” by BCee himself.

Liquid funk has been the name of Spearhead’s game from the get-go and as such that’s pretty much how you could categorise this bumper package from start to finish. One or two tracks veer towards crossover/commercial territory à la DJ Fresh et al, but there are more than enough deeper moments to make up for it. Highlights for this reviewer include Netsky’s melodic, soulful I Refuse (nowt to do with Somore’s garage classic of the same name), Technicolour’s smoothly rolling opener Centrifuge (VIP) and LSB’s darkly groovy Loop Of Love, but with other tracks and mixes coming from the heavy-hitting likes of Nu:Tone, S.P.Y, Lenzman, Mutated Forms and Hybrid Minds, you’re sure to find your own favourites, so dive in!

Out: This week

About: Find Spearhead Records here, here and here.

Nacho Marco/Roberto Rodriguez – 10 By Ten

March 26, 2015 in Singles

Nacho Marco Roberto Rodgriguez 10 By Ten Lazy Days RecordingsA split release here from Fred Everything’s Lazy Days Recordings, the second in a series of EPs released to mark the label’s 10th birthday.

On the A, Nacho Marco gives us That Smile, one-part chilled Balearic beats and tinkling ivories to one part squelching acid, and do my ears deceive me or is that a very familiar “you know how to love me” vocal sample buried deep in the mix too? Flip it over and Finland’s Roberto Rodriguez serves up Giving It All, a down n’ funky houser a big hip-swayin’ b-line, cut-up fem vox and, as the track progresses, soulful BVs and some trippy synth frills.

Quality stuff that shows why the label have lasted so long! It also happens to be their 50th release, so congrats to Fred and the crew on the double landmark.

Out: This week

About: Lazy Days Recordings do have a  Soundcloud page and a website but there doesn’t seem to be much going on at either right now… here’s their podcast page though, which is something.

Noa – Tears Inside

March 26, 2015 in Singles

Noa Tears Inside Sonido Local RecordingsWe stay in deep house territory but move towards the dancefloor with this two-tracker from a label who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD previously, New York’s Sonido Local Recordings.

The original version of Tears Inside is classic west coast deepness, with cut-up soulful male vox and definitely more bounce to the ounce, but also with some brasher (dare I say more EDM-ish?) stabs giving the track as much appeal to younger floors as it has for the older heads. But while the Original is plenty playable, the headline here has to be Jay-J’s Shifted Mix on the flip. Don’t seem to hear as much from Mr Hernandez these days, sadly, but with this darker, more driving but still slinky refix the San Fran veteran shows he’s lost none of his touch.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sonido Local Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own blog.

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar – Telephone EP

March 26, 2015 in Singles

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar Telephone EP Deep ClicksSome extremely fine deep, soulful house grooves to kick us off with tonight courtesy of Spanish label Deep Clicks.

Two tracks in a total of four mixes. Inception is up first, which in its original form is a smooth, deeply chilled affair with pads that go on forever and a soulful vocal – I’m actually not 100% sure whether it’s David getting his falsetto on or Elisabeth pitched down, but it works! My man Jero Nougues then pulls off the near-impossible in taking us even deeper on his dreamy, late-night remix. As for Telephone itself, the Original operates in similar territory to Inception but with a chunkier bassline giving it a lil’ added dancefloor momentum (definitely Elisbeth providing the vox on this one, too), while the accompanying Deephope Remix has lightly Afro-tinged percussion and some lovely understated acid squelch.

Soothing deep house music for weary souls… and, indeed, weary soles.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Clicks here, here and here.

DJ SKT feat Rae – Take Me Away

March 25, 2015 in Singles

DJ SKT feat Rae Take Me Away AzuliThis one couldn’t really go uncommented on, marking as it does the first single release in several years from Azuli Records.

There’s just the one mix (or at least just the one mix promo’d), and it’s quite a simple affair, being a bass house (or ‘garage house’ if you prefer) reworking of True Faith’s rave classic. Is it as good as the original? Don’t be silly. But will it move asses on 2015 dancefloors? Indeed it will.

Is it good to see what was once one of Britain’s best-loved house labels back in the game? Yes, it is.

Out: This week

About: Azuli is a wholly-owned Defected subsidiary these days but they do have their own website, and you can also find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.