Vincenzo De Robertis – Passion EP

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Vincenzo De Robertis Passion EP Unrivaled MusicIn which Signore De Robertis takes time out from running his La Pitti Records imprint to deliver a fine deep house two-tracker for Unrivaled Music.

Passion itself is up first, a meandering, atmospheric affair underpinned by rock-solid but warm kicks and topped with a “what’s your passion?” spoken male vocal. My personal pick though would be the B-side’s Loving You, an unhurried dubbed-out chugger with cut-up, jazz diva-style “gotta be in love with you” fem vox.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Unrivaled Music, who as ever can be found here, here and here.

Jon Sweetname – Feeling Again EP

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Jon Sweetname Feeling Again EP House Trip RecordingsHere we have the first TIWWD appearance in a wee while from Middlesbrough’s House Trip Recordings.

In its original form, Feel Again is an unhurried affair sitting right on the deep/prog cusp, and will suit those who like their house on the arty/abstract/contemplative side. However I’m much more taken by the accompanying Not Even Close Remix by Dee Brown, a more straight-ahead deep house dancefloor jam with old-school piano stabs and even older-school vocal inserts (“it’s time to jack” and that “it’s the point of highest intensity” one).

The other original cut, Feeling ON (their caps), is a fairly chunky but nonetheless atmospheric midtempo number, with what sounds like Neville Chamberlain (!) or someone talking over the top. However, for me it’s again all about the remix as James Benedict takes us on a tripped-out, late-night dubby ride into outer space…

Out: This week on Traxsource, on general release from 11 May

About: Find House Trip Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Marsupials – Gotta Get You

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Marsupials Gotta Get You MadhouseToday’s reviews roll-call begins with this deep house three-tracker from the Italian duo of Luigi Giomini and Massimiliano Meile, better known as Marsupials, brought to you by Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records.

Gotta Get You itself is up first, a dreamy, garage-tinged cut with a “now you’ve loved me” vocal, synth atmospherics a-gogo and some lovely muted chords. Quilb is a deeper, sparser affair with muffled drums, an understated two-note synth riff and a subdued female vocal, while the languid Hot Donuts completes the EP with its killer combination of tuffer drums and rich, resonant chords.

The latter cut takes the gold for me but Gotta Get You isn’t far behind.

Out: This Sunday (3 May) on Traxsource, everywhere else from 17 May

About: Find Madhouse Records here, here and here.

Black Blooms – Metropolis

April 29, 2015 in Singles

Black Blooms Metropolis 3am RecordingsEclecticism is definitely the name of the game here at TIWWD tonight… not only have we got three very different records but this one comes in three very different mixes, too.

In its Original form, Metropolis is a bit of a hotch-potch of a tune: it starts out all gurgling and acidic, throws in some Italo/nu-disco synths then gets all proggy on yo’ ass. It’ll keep bodies moving but to these ears it’s all about the remixes, as Hot Lipps Inc serve up a discofied deep/tech house rub that bites a hefty vocal chunk from D-Train’s classic Music while Noseur apply lashings of fat, squelchy analogue synth-bass on a darker, more heads-down pass that to these ears is the cream of the crop.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: This is brought to you by Al Bradley’s 3am Recordings, who as ever can be found here, here and here.

Deeper Than L – On Me

April 29, 2015 in Singles

Deeper Than L On Me Proof RecordingsNext up tonight we have this slab of chunky, bass-y bizniss from a label that haven’t featured on TIWWD until now, Proof Recordings.

Five mixes of On Me to choose from. The original reminds me of those MK dubs of Jodeci back in the day, what with its throbbing bassline and cut-up male R&B vox. The more stripped-down Bear Essentials Remix opts for an even deeper, darker bassline, label boss Danny O (AKA Daniel O’Sullivan) takes us on a housier, more funkified ride, Steve Kelley serves up a pounding take that could easily cross over to tech-house floors while finally Loopsize’s busier, more polished mix is probably the one with the most mass market appeal.

Fans of Sweep The Floor, New Politics or Form-and Function are strongly advised to check for this one, with the Original and Bear Essentials rubs standing out for me.

Out: This week

About: This is only number six from Proof Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook

Pablo Say – Percussive Dance

April 29, 2015 in Singles

Pablo Say Percussive Dance KinetikaThree very different releases for you tonight, kicking off with some dark, crunchy tech-house/techno vibes from Brooklyn’s Kinetika Records.

Percussive Dance itself does what it says on the tin: it’s a tough, drummy, almost tribal workout that’s surely destined to be a mainstay of many a DJ’s set over the coming months, even if 99 per cent of people that hear it will never have a clue what it’s called. But the real reason this is here is b-side Entering The Space. With an industrial, FX-heavy sound palette from the deep techno school of thought, its pounding 4/4s and cone-threatening bass throb are topped with a very strange vocal, as a Dalek-like voice repeats “Think of me” and “I age like fine wine, she ages like milk” over and over and over again.

It’s a bit odd… it’s also a track your dancers won’t forget in a hurry!

Out: This week

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

B-Liv – All Waiting For

April 28, 2015 in Singles

B-Liv All Waiting For FogbankWe stay on the ‘dark and groovy’ tip for tonight’s final review, which comes from Boston label Fogbank Records.

Just the two mixes of All Waiting For to choose from. On the A, the Original is a fairly techy affair with a two-part vocal (one female, the other the same but downpitched to a male register), a hefty rumbling bassline and crisp, jaunty beats. But it’s the Old School Dub on the flip that’s rocking my world more, which rides more straight-ahead 4/4s, largely drops the female vocal and puts that moody b-line  front and centre… right where it belongs.

It’s all about that bass. Hmm, perhaps someone could write a song about that…

Out: This week

About: You can find Fogbank Records – who haven’t featured on TIWWD previously – on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Arco – Deep Warrior EP

April 28, 2015 in Singles

Arco Dark Warrior EP Different AttitudesNext tonight, we move into housier pastures but keep it dark and groovy (like the Alexi Delano single below) with this two-track offering from Different Attitudes.

On the A, Deep Warrior itself is a nice chunky house groover with bass to spare, Dr Who-ish synths, tiny chopped-up female vocal fragments and a dramatic breakdown in middle. Over on the B, meanwhile, Flash is a slightly deeper cut whose dark, menacing bassline is counterpointed by some lovely old skool piano stabs and snatches of soulful male vox.

Two sure-fire bullets for your small hours floor, nuff said.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 11 May.

About: You can find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alexi Delano – Goodbye S4

April 28, 2015 in Singles

Alexi Delano Goodbye S4 Remixes NOSI LimitedIt’s been a while since Alexi Delano’s name cropped up on TIWWD but he’s back with a vengeance tonight with this killer four-track remix EP on new label NOSI Limited.

No original’s included, so for all I know it might have been bloody rubbish… but going by the quality of the re-rubs here, I severely doubt that. Erstwhile collaborator Butane’s Ship Of Theseus Remix is a heads-down tech-house chugger built around a big fat wobbly bass throb, Derek Marin takes us into sparser dub techno territory, and Loud Neighbour get all hypnotic and pulsating on your ears – while also inviting their friends The Clangers* round to play, from the sound of it. And then finally there’s the Mental Vision Remix… and mental is definitely the mot juste for Mr Vision’s dark and moody refix, which features quite possibly the strangest spoken vocal I’ve ever heard, as well as some trippy brass sounds.

The latter has to take the ‘originality’ prize but beyond that I’m loath to pick a favourite – all four rubs are excellent in their own very different ways. A fantastic label debut.

Out: This week on vinyl, digitally from 9 June

About: NOSI Limited is a new offshoot of NYC’s NOSI Music, who can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

*For non-UK readers: The Clangers was a 70s kids’ TV show with funny little mouse creatures that talked in whistles

Frankie Knuckles – House Masters

April 27, 2015 in Albums

House Masters Frankie Knuckles DefectedThis latest installment in Defected’s House Masters series came out yesterday. Here are five reasons you should buy it.

1. It was compiled by Frankie himself… but after his untimely death, Defected and Def Mix decided to put it out anyway, as a charity project. So you’re not just getting a hastily thrown-together ‘greatest hits’ collection, you’re hearing the tracks Frankie himself thought were the finest moments of his career. It’s as definitive a set as you’re ever going to find.

2. All profits go to the Frankie Knuckles Fund, a collaboration between Def Mix, Frankie’s estate and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The money raised “will support the Foundation’s work with young men of colour around the world, particularly gay men, who are often subject to severe discrimination and abuse and who struggle to get compassionate information and treatment about HIV and AIDS,” says the Foundation’s Anne Aslett.

3. Because, for the older heads, I bet it’s been a while since you heard Tears. Goosebumps central. Ditto The Whistle Song. And Your Love? Fuhgeddaboutit.

4. And for the younger buyers, because Frankie truly was the sine qua non. If you don’t know what sine qua non means, go and Google it. Sorted? Good. Bottom line, if you don’t know Frankie’s catalogue, you don’t know jack. Pun intended.

5. Where Love Lives. The Pressure. Hanging On A String. Let The Music Use You. And track 1, a Hallucinogenic Version remix of Chaka’s Ain’t Nobody I didn’t even know existed. You could buy this for track 1 alone and not feel short-changed.

So go buy it, eh?

Out: Yesterday.

About: I’m sure Defected won’t mind me eschewing the usual website/social media links for these:

Buy on iTunes  Buy on Juno   Buy at the Defected store

Here’s some more info as well in case you still need any convincing!