Cadatta – In House EP

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Cadatta In House EP DeepWit RecordingsMore uber-deep vibes to end on tonight, as Greek producer Cadatta takes the reins for the second in DeepWit’s In House series of EPs.

True (credited to Cadatta feat Din QC) is up first, a mellifluous, dubby late-night jam with spoken, foreign-language female vocals and some lovely gently-tinkling ivories. False is just a tiny bit more floor-friendly (albeit you’d still be talking very late play on specialist floors only) with its nagging filtered chords and more of that live-sounding piano. Osmo is a sparse, languid beauty that’s built strictly with sofa-surfing in mind, while finally The Machine ends up the EP on a more upbeat note, a rolling deep groover with jazzy keys and, by way of a vocal, snatches of what sounds like it might be an interview with Frank Sinatra or Bob Hope or someone.

Very classy stuff, but then we expect no less from DeepWit!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Alexandru Aprodu – Dynamo EP

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Alexandru Aprodu Dynamo EP Quanticman RecordsContinuing tonight’s inadvertent theme of ‘east European producers whose names begin with A,’ here comes Romania’s Alexandru Aprodu with some very fine deep/minimal grooves for Quanticman Records.

Dynamo itself is up first: eight-and-a-half minutes of rolling, Afro-tinged beats, sub-aquatic bass, snatches of scatty, jazzy female vocal, lush piano chords and some understated bubblin’ acid. Frenezie is another acid-flecked deep bubbler with a couple of beatless breakdowns in which cinematic keys come out to play, and then finally Mislunea is a sparser, dubbier affair that’s probably more of a post-club thing.

Quality headnoddin’ tackle that should appeal right across the deep house/minimal/deep techno spectrum.

Out: This week

About: Find Quanticman Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alen Milivojevic – Stratosphere

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Alen Milivojevic Stratosphere Family GroovesWe stay in southeastern Europe now with the latest from Croatia’s Familly Grooves stable.

There’s just the one mix of Stratosphere, and it has to be said it’s a slightly atypical release for the label – rather than the strutty, party-starting deep and tech house vibes they’re best known for, what we have here is an epic, slow-building prog/tech cut of the kind you might hear early doors in a Garnier set. S’good though, evolving constantly and with some ace deep, languid synth drops that help to keep the darkness in check.

Definitely one for those longer sets…

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 13 July

About: You can find Family Grooves, as ever, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Alek Soltirov – That Good Place

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Alek Soltirov That Good Place EP Artefact RecordsMacedonian producer Alek Soltirov impressed last week with a two-tracker for Different Attitudes; now here he comes again with this offering on Macedonia’s own Artefact Records.

In its Original form, That Good Place is a sunny, midtempo house groove with vaguely proggy overtones, some nice squelchy synth work and fragments of spoken male vocal. Pavle Vasiljevic is first up to the remix plate with a slightly chuggier, bassier rub that brings the vocal to the fore and adds cascading keys which don’t half sound like the twiddly bit from Hall & Oates’ I Can’t Go For That. Ryan Truman’s bouncier pass follows, before the EP comes to an end with Touch, a just-slightly more driving houser with a lolloping,  wonked-out feel not unlike Kerri Chandler’s early work.

The latter cut and Vasiljevic’s mix of the title track share top honours for me but to be fair the other two are also pretty darn groovy.

Out: Today!

About: Find Artefact Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Back To Old School

June 29, 2015 in Albums

Back To Old School Chapeau MusicAn excellent nine-track compilation here from Italian label Chapeau Music, which embraces deep and tech house of many shades.

Apollo 84’s tuff, dubby The Sound kicks things off and we’re firmly in the 3am jackin’ zone from the get-go. MCMXC Made’s The Made is darker and techier and Cool People’s Binary Drums is more hypnotic and melodic, leading us to the deep, groovy acid assault of Lowtone’s Dreams Of Past. FactAlone’s Raw Logic and Relow’s With The Funk mine a deeper house seam, ditto Paul Rudder’s bumpin’, west coast-y The Interview, Konflicted Soul’s Freak is a percussive workout with disco shouts and finally Retape’s Designed Room is a heads-down rolling groove to play us out, topped with Sagat’s classic Fuk Dat vocal.

No big names, no big concept, just nine tracks made to shift asses on underground dancefloors that are eminently fit for purpose.

Out: Now (but only last week)

About: Find Chapeau Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Igor Gonya – Night

June 28, 2015 in Singles

Igor Gonya Night La Pitti RecordsWe end tonight with some typically high-calibre deep house grooves from Italy’s La Pitti Records and Russian producer Igor Gonya.

Night itself is a mellifluous, midpaced affair with spoken “I’ll make a bargain… you take me aboard your rocket ship, and I’ll show you the cave of gold” female vox (sampled from 50s sci-fi b-movie Cat Women Of The Moon, Google’s just informed me) and a blissed-out, late-night vibe overall. Blanket is another late-night gem in which sparse, suprisingly tuff beats sit below pads that just don’t stop and – eventually – lilting pianos and male vocal fragments. And then finally there’s Orange Milk with its treated soulful vocal snippets, delicately fluttering synths and warm, enveloping bass.

Again, not picking a fave with this EP – this is class in a glass all round.

Out: This week

About: Find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook. And, seeing as I was just there and spotted it… here’s their first anniversary mix by Jero Nougues, which really is pretty much essential…

Edmund – Analogic Vibe

June 28, 2015 in Singles

Edmund Analogic Vibe Sonic Soul RecordsAnd while we’re on the subject of people called Edmond/Edmund, here’s what feels like the first TIWWD appearance in ages from my old friend Diego Villar Ibero.

Been a fan of Diego/Edmund’s work since time, so add remixes from Fer Ferrari, Portofino Sunrise and Rishi K and this was never gonna fail with yours truly, really! But taking those mixes one by one, the original’s a lush, midpaced deep houser that marries a floor-friendly throbbing bassline to dreamy pads and delicate percussion, Rishi adds weightier kicks and some garage-y “come on, don’t stop” male vox, Fer sprinkles a little magic disco dust and finally Portofino Sunrise takes us into the late-night sofa-surfing zone while added treated female vocal snips.

Not picking a fave here cos all four mixes are great… go seek.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Sonic Soul Records, a US label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before – but then this this is only their second release! Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Edmond Binoge – Deep Shades Of Sound EP

June 28, 2015 in Singles

Edmond Binoge Deep Shades Of Sound EP Deep Site RecordingsMoving into deeper house pastures now with this two-track, three-mix EP from Macedoia’s Edmond Binoge.

Question is up first, a chunky deep house dancefloor groover with bubblin’ aquatic sounds at the top end, dubby overtones at the bottom and cut-up vox and stabby keys in the middle. The Deep Shades Of Sound Mix of the same is a techier, twitchier pass, while completing the EP is Tunnel, a slightly more laidback, trad-style deep houser with snatches of jazzy female scat vox.

All very fine stuff but I think the original of Question just nudges the gold for me.

Out: This is week

About: This is brought to you by the ever-checkable Deep Site Recordings, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – 5 Years Of Gruuv EP 2

June 28, 2015 in Singles

5 Years Of Gruuv EP 2The second in Gruuv’s series of ‘fifth birthday’ EPs here and it’s every bit as good as the first.

Gorge’s Square Wave Romance is up first, a midtempo house cut with the spirit of old-time Chicago flowing freely. Number 4 from Julien Chaptal feat Julian (no, really) is slightly techier and more driving, with an insistent squelchy synth riff and treated ‘ooh’ vocals at its centre. Luna City Express’s Tell Me When You Ready is a chunky affair with buzzy bass and cut-up male vox, and then finally Waifs & Strays give us Beat On The Drums, which isn’t as all-out percussive as the title might lead you to expect, and instead is another sinuous house groover with a treated vocal repeating the title, more satisfying synth squelch and the occasional Sneaky disco flourish.

Four very solid cuts that should rock any house floor worth its salt.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

DJ Bee feat Charles McDougald – Bounce

June 27, 2015 in Singles

DJ Bee ft Charles McDougald Bounce Clubstar RecordsThe first TIWWD appearance in ages here from Germany’s Clubstar…

Three mixes of Bounce to choose from. In its original form, it’s a now-sounding, bass-heavy houser built with peaktime play in mind. Othersoul’s remix takes us into more trad-style soulful house territory, augmenting the originals “b-b-b-b-bounce” vocal with some male vocal wails all of its own and some ace Hammond organ action to boot. Matt Corea then heads in the opposite direction on his mix, adding dramatic M1 drops for maximum grin-inducing 90s retro potential.

Not picking a fave here because the two remixes, while aimed at quite different floors/times/DJs, are both equally fine.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Clubstar Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.