Kid Only – Basement Slip The Remixes

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Kid Only Basement Slip Remixes Criminal HypeFinally for tonight, we have this four-track remix EP from Welsh upstarts Criminal Hype… it’s only been a couple of weeks since I reviewed the original EP but the rerubs certainly don’t disappoint.

German producer Tapesh tones down the beats a little on Acid Connection, making for a more heads-down pass than the original. Chiqito’s refix of Let Go is similarly a bit less in-your-face than the original, but maintains the small-hours feel while getting proper buzzy in the bass department. David Moran’s rub of Open Mind loses the garage-y flava of the original but will work on darker, techier floors, and then finally Ian Jay & Matt Williams do a similar job on their remix of Over You, albeit they retain a little more of the garage vibe than Moran does on Open Mind.

The latter two will come in handy for those who like to play a bit harder, but it’s the Tapesh and Chiqito rubs that are the essentials here for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Criminal Hype on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Henry St Social – Don’t Stop Rocking

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Henry St Social Don't Stop Rocking Endemic DigitalGetting a little tuffer n’ techier now with this two-tracker from Endemic Digital.

On the A, Don’t Stop Rocking itself starts out with no-nonsense 4/4s before adding a hefty throbbing bassline, rave-y keyboard stabs and chopped-up “don’t stop rocking the beat” rap vox, with a little wobble bass thrown for good measure. Flip it for Stitched Up, which is a BPM or two more sedate but has a seriously gnarly, rave-y bassline, more cut-up rap vox and some Detroit-y strings.

Two very solid cuts but for dancefloor purposes the title cut’s the one I’d reach for first – it’s got just that little bit more energy.

Out: This week

About: Find Endemic Digital here and here

Hanne & Lore – Karma Supra

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Hanne & Lore Karma Supra KittballNext up, some fat n’ funky deep house shizzle from Germany’s Kittball.

Just the two mixes of Karma Supra to choose from. The original’s underpinned by a rather large funk bassline, and blends 80s boogie-esque keys with filter disco elements, topping the lot with a breathy female vocal at the track’s peak. Tube & Berger’s remix, meanwhile, is a little bit more restrained with much use of the filters. S’good, but the Original’s the one for me here.

Out: This week

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

G-Spice – The Pressure

July 30, 2015 in Singles

G-Space The Pressure Ready Mix RecordsMoving into deep house territory now with this latest from Canada’s ever-reliable Ready Mix Records.

In its Original form, The Pressure is a midpaced affair with shuffling beats, a Chi-town bassline and a muted male “I can’t take the pressure” vocal, all complemented by dramatic, space-y synth sweeps. It comes accompanied by three remixes: Soul Academy strip out some of the atmospherics and go for a more lolloping, dubby feel, Spennu beefs up the beats just slightly and adds some melancholy, minor key piano, while Tamandua Twist injects just a lil’ more funk and bounce, as well as a hint of acid towards the end.

Not a duff mix in sight, but Soul Academy take the gold if pushed.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 10 August

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook

Nymbus – Silica

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Nymbus Silica Slime RecordingsSome deep D&B vibes to kick us off tonight from Slime Recordings.

Silica itself is a smooth-rollin’ liquid funker with ambient synth washes galore, lovely gentle ivories and chipmunk’d fem vox, while Obsidian is a steppier affair but otherwise operates in similar territory, with the addition of some drifty jazz sax. There’s some serious script-flipping goin’ on in the remix department, though, as in Blackboxx’s hands Silica becomes a sparse future garage gem with nearly two full minutes of beatless intro, while Aaron Static’s rub is… actually I don’t even know how to describe this one! “A seven-minute epic that bridges the genre gap between garage, breaks and neuro,” is how the hype sheet has it; suffice to say if you like your beats on a more abstract tip, this is for you.

All good stuff, but it’s the original and Blackboxx mixes of Silica I’m loving the most.

Out: This week

About: You can find Slime Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Boy George & Vanilla Ace ft Katerina Themis – Just Another Guy

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Boy George & Vanilla Ace Just Another Guy Dear DeerWell, this one took me by surprise. Okay, Vanilla Ace has done some good stuff in recent years, and as an ex-80s teen I can’t help having a bit of a soft spot for old George. All the same, this team-up between the two (supplied in simple Club and Radio mixes) is far better than I was necessarily expecting…

There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking going on, admittedly; in fact there’s nothing even particularly current-sounding going on, because what we have here is a straight-up podium belter that could have beamed straight in from the mid-late 90s. But while the idea may be a familiar one, the execution is impeccable, and there’s a fragile, Tracey Thorn-like quality to Ms Themis’s voice that puts this somewhere in-between Eve Gallagher’s You Can Have It All and EBTG’s Missing.

Which, coming from a veteran of the Handbag Wars, is praise indeed! How yer typical 18-21yo clubber of today will react I couldn’t say, but if you’re fiending for 90s vocal house vibes you’ll struggle to do better this week.

Out: This week

About: This comes on a label I’ve not come across before, Ukraine’s Dear Deer Records. Find them on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Incidentally, looking at the Soundcloud page I notice there’s an Instrumental in the finished package too, but they didn’t send me that.

**UPDATE 25 AUG: My bad, the Instrumental had gone into the wrong folder (I’ve just realised while reviewing said ‘something else’). My bad. Anyway it’s the same as the Club Mix but sans the vocal, somewhat unsurprisingly…

Luke Solomon ft Nick Mauer – Re-Flex Part 1

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Luke Solomon Re-Flex Part_1 Classic Music CompanyIn which three recent Luke Solomon productions are handed over to a trio of remixers, with superb results.

First up is Jordan’s remix of The Acid Games, a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin affair with lots of squelchy 303 bass and a chanted “the rules are, there are no rules, there are no rules, there are no rules” vocal. Body Movement, as remixed by Denny, is a lo-slung n’ sleazy house groove propelled by a notice-me bassline and topped with more acieeeeeed squiggles and rap-style vocal snips. And then finally there’s Dance Electric, remixed by Borrowed Identity, which rocks an almost speed garage-like bassline, mucho use of the filters n’ flangers and the occasional “dance!” vocal exhortation.

Long story short? Proper shit-kickin’ house music from a veteran of the UK scene and a handful of young upstarts. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you of course by Solomon’s own (well, his and Derrick Carter’s) Classic Music Company. Find ’em dwelling in cyberspace here, here and here.

Sek – Mirror On The Wall

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Sek Mirror Mirror On The Wall Lost My DogAn excellent four-track EP to kick us off tonight from the soon-to-be much-missed Lost My Dog.

Mirror On The Wall itself bucks the current vogue for sampling the vocal from Akabu’s Ride The Storm, and plumps for a near-identical intro instead, before settling down into a soulfully-inclined deep houser with busy percussion and male vox. Bitter Love is also soul-inflected but in a more bumpin’, garage-y kinda way, with skippy beats, organ stabs and female vocal cut-ups. Untitled Jam 01.0002 (yes, that’s what it’s called, I checked) is a more straight-up dancefloor bumper of the kind you might find gracing an IKs or DiY set, while finally Ain’t Cost A Thing takes us to a more spaced-out, late-night, tech-soul kinda place.

Bitter Love takes the gold for me but, as ever with LMD, the quality’s high throughout.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

B-Liv – Basement Rules

July 28, 2015 in Singles

B-Live Basement Rules Nite GroovesAnother two-tracker now, and while we stay in deep house territory we turn our eyes towards the dancefloor with this offering from in-demand Mexican producer B-Liv.

The Original of Basement Rules is a moody, midpaced chugger with crisp beats, a rumbling bassline and nagging piano chords. Once the midsection breakdown comes along, it’s topped by a spoken male vocal (“house is more than just a feeling… it’s like a heartbeat… feel it in your soul”, etc), after which some lovely tinkling jazz ivories play us out. The Glitch Side Remix, meanwhile, comes from B-Liv himself and is a notch or two more upbeat, with a bubbling, techy feel.

Liking both but the A just wins out, I think.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by veteran NYC label Nite Grooves, which as you know is part of the King Street family and can be found here, here and here.

Stiva Carlberg – En De La

July 28, 2015 in Singles

Stiva Carlberg En De La Shoes Bags & BoysIt’s been a long, busy day but just time for a couple of quick reviews before TIWWD turns into a pumpkin, starting with this latest two-tracker from Albena Flores and Ariane Blank’s Shoes Bags & Boys imprint.

En De La itself is a midpaced instrumental deep houser with proggy leanings, its rolling beats and throbbing bassline underpinning shimmering synths. Flip it over and you’ll find Like Me, which operates in more straight-up deep house territory, albeit with strong dub influences as well, and which has just the tiniest female vocal fragments.

Not much more to say, really, but these are two fine melodic cuts that’ll work well in the warm-up or for home listening.

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.