Janet Rushmore – Joy [Sonny Fodera Remixes]

September 30, 2015 in Singles

Janet Rushmore Joy Soul HeavenHere’s one that’ll sort the men from the boys (or the women from the girls), because to younger readers this track might not mean much but for those of us a little more, ahem, ‘time-served’, Joy is a tune that brings back many a happy memory. So much so, that you’d think perhaps getting it remixed wasn’t such a great idea.

Thankfully though, Soul Heaven have called on the very capable Mr Fodera and he proves himself more than up to the job. On the A, his Deep Mix is basically a more polished update of the 1994 original – faithful but with today’s smoother production values, which should make it easier to programme. It’s the Sonny Fodera Beatdown Mix on the B that’s the killer, though. This, too, starts out pretty faithful to the original, albeit with slightly tuffer drums… then at around the 1:40, in from out of nowhere flies a positively RUDE squelch bassline and we’re left in no doubt that, yes, this is definitely 2015 after all.

The word ‘triumph’ might be slight overkill here… then again, it might not! An essential purchase either way.

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Heaven on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Drop Out Orchestra – Drop Out Drill

September 30, 2015 in Singles

Drop Out Orchestra Drop Out Drlll Love Harder RecordsDon’t seem to get as much nu-disco sent through of late, so when some of the good stuff lands it’s always very welcome… as in the case, for instance, of this offering from Munich’s Love Harder Records.

Actually, though, to simply file Drop Out Drill as ‘nu disco’ would be to do the track something of a disservice. The original sits somewhere between nu-disco and disco house, its funky-ass rolling bassline and handclaps augmented by the finest strings this side of Steve Mac’s classic That Big Track (or Lovin’ You More, if you prefer). Remix-wise, the Italo Brutalo Mix is a bit more, well, Italo-ish, Simon Dremon & FG up the house ante on their rub and as for the refix by Chuggin’ Edits, suffice to say the Essex newcomers have chosen a very apt name for themselves. But while all the remixes are plenty playable, it’s the Original that takes the gold.

Out: This week

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

Various – Best Of Innocent Music Vol 2

September 28, 2015 in Albums

Best Of Innocent Music Vol 2Regular readers will know I’m generally a fan of Innocent Music’s take on deep techno and minimal anyway, but with this second ‘best of’ comp the Slovenian label have excelled themselves.

There are 14 tracks in total, from a mix of names both familiar (Gaetano C, Rodrigo DP, Aney F, White Brothers) and less so – and not a duff cut in sight. Be warned, this album isn’t for the faint-hearted – listening to it in, ahem, an ‘altered’ frame of mind could seriously mess with your head and general sense of well-being! But if cavernous beats, distorted vox, twitchy snares, white noise, industrial FX, dystopian soundscapes and an overall air of brooding menace and paranoia sound like your idea of a good time, then step right on in, because if you like it deep, dark and techy you’re gonna love this…

Out: Now

About: You can find Innocent Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Black Key EP Vol 3

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Black Key EP Vol 3 Black Key RecordsOkay, last one for tonight and we end with a fine four-track V/A offering from Brighton’s Black Key Records.

Our old friend Dudley Strangeways is first up to the plate with Talk Back, a dubby, tech-tinged deep houser that’s tailor-made for the small-hours, eyes-down jackin’ zone. Girl Next Door from Iron Curtis & Leaves pres SMPL follows, a slice of deep, stripped-back, funk-fuelled tech-house that gets more trippy and wonkified as it goes on. Laak then gives us Longest Time, thankfully not a Billy Joel cover but instead a meandering, cinematic cut with piercing but muted synths and a vaguely disconcerting air overall, and then finally there’s Stroker from Terrence Pearce, which marries raw, scratchy drums with gently tinkling jazz ivories… if DJ Shadow ever made a record for DeepWit it might sound a little bit like this!

Interesting stuff all round, but to these ears Talk Back and Girl Next Door stand out.

Out: This week

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

Leftwing & Kody – Carnival EP

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody Carnival Knee Deep In SoundMoving into tougher, techier, bassier territory now as Leftwing & Kody serve up a stomp-tastic three-tracker for Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint.

Carnival itself marries the kind of Latin-tinged drums that presumably gave the track its name to a huge, buzzing bassline,  a rave-y synth hook and fragments of spoken “keep on moving… keep on grooving” male vox. Control is a BPM or two pacier, all menacing bass rumble, analogue-sounding synths and seriously mangled diva vox, while finally Crazy opts for pounding 4/4s, busy top-end percussion and more cut-up diva vox.

Control stands out to these ears, but all three will do the do when the dancefloor’s already moving nicely and you want to push ’em to the next level.

Out: This week

About: You can find Knee Deep In Sound here and here.

The Colonel – The Afterbirth

September 27, 2015 in Singles

The Colonel The Afterbirth Heal The SoulA two-tracker here that’s the very first offering from a brand new label – London-based Heal The Soul.

Don’t know a great deal about the label, so not a lot I can tell you about them. But I can tell you that this debut offering is well worth checking if trad-style but still contemporary-sounding house grooves are what you’re after. On the A, The Afterbirth itself itself has nice crunchy beats, decidedly 90s-style stabs/chords that form the main hook and a looped male “the feeling… inside” vocal. Flip it over for Unlocked, which is actually my pick of the two with its filtered “open up your heart” vox, dreamy Rhodes and overall west coast-y deep, soulful house feel.

Out: This week

About: You can find Heal The Soul on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Martin Wunderlich – Double Dip EP

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Martin Wunderlich Double Dip EP 2 Owls LimitedA four-track EP here from 2 Owls Limited that sits right on the tech-house/deep techno cusp.

Double Dip is up first, a dubby, late-night affair with something of an acid house feeling despite the lower tempo. The livelier, bleepier Friday sits more easily under the tech-house umbrella, while the brooding, cinematic Inner Shape with its Carpenter-esque synths leans more to the deep techno side of things. Completing the EP is Seeking, another atmospheric cut which just to confuse matters has a vaguely proggy vibe about it.

A nice range of styles on offer, then, but Double Dip is the clear standout for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: You can find 2 Owls Records on Soundcloud.

Tom Luka – Straight Up

September 26, 2015 in Singles

Tom Luka Straight Up MVMTAnother single-track release here, and more tuff, no-nonsense house beats.

In this case, said beats are lovingly crafted by Brighton-based producer (and Horizon Recordings boss) Tom Luka, and come accompanied by a chunky walking bassline, and topped with some lovely hip-swayin’ garage keys and male vocal snips. The end result is a very solid cut that should move any house/garage floor worthy of the name…

Out: This week

About: This comes not on Horizon Recordings but on Mark Lawrence’s MVMT label, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook. This is MVMT’s 13th release.

Todd Terry & Roland Clark – Tee’s Church

September 26, 2015 in Singles

Todd Terry & Roland Clark Tee's Church InHouse RecordsTwo revered house veterans team up on this single-track release, and the results might suprise you…

Sure, there are the tuff, crisp beats you’d expect from Todd, and a full-lunged, preacher-style vocal of the kind that’s graced many a Clark production. What you might not be expecting, though, is the big fuck-off warping speed garage bassline that drops around the 1:30 mark.

When it does, it’s game over… this is a BEAST of a tune.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Terry’s own InHouse Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Shatz & Matthieu – Jaffo Chill EP

September 25, 2015 in Singles

Shatz & Matthieu Jaffo Chill EP Gents & Dandy'sAnother three-tracker here from another label who (like Something Different, below) can pretty much be considered TIWWD regulars – California’s Gents & Dandy’s.

Jaffo Chill itself is up first, quite a lively affair by deep house standards with garage-y chords (something of a theme tonight), wailing diva vox, and soaring, sax-y synths Joey Negro himself could be proud of. What She Said is an even pacier number with very old school-sounding stabs and snatches of both spoken and sung female vocal, while finally Back In The Daze somehow manages to be lazy and dreamy, yet nice n’ chunky at the same time, and has some killer piano licks that’ll have ravers of a certain age beaming from ear to ear.

Not picking a fave here, this is wicked stuff all round!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 9 October

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Oh, and Shatz & Matthieu, in case you were wondering, hail from Israel and Hamburg, though I’m not sure which way round.