Various – Our Little Secret EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Our Little Secret EP Soul TraderOkay, last one for tonight and what we have here are some more quality liquid vibes courtesy of a label who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, DJ Surplus’s west London-based Soul Trader.

Up first is Our Little Secret from US producer Dave Owen, which marries fierce rolling beats and warm-like-chocolate bass to sax and guitar that suggest a few 70s west coast jazz-fusion LPs lurk in Mr Owen’s record collection, while two different vocals do battle on top: a sweet sampled/treated female one, and a male one from featured Jamaican vocalist Dorsh that flits between rap and ragga stylings. The accompanying remix from Poland’s Satl & Skeletone takes us on a slightly smoother ride. Brazil’s Simplification & Translate then supply the EP’s other two tracks, with Back To Life coming on like the liquid remix of a 60s/70s sitcom theme (think Bewitched or Man About The House), while The Look Of Love is a more typical liquid roller with some fine jazzy flourishes and just a hint of, yes, the vocal you’re probably already thinking of!

All good stuff, but Back To Life stands out for sheer quirkiness/originality alone.

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Trader on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Joe Nebula – Feels Right/Enough Papers

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Joe Nebula Feels Right/Enough Papers Back2You RecordingsLet’s end tonight with a couple of fine liquid D&B slabs, starting with this two-tracker from Joe Nebula’s Back2You Recordings.

On the A, Feels Right starts out with atmospheric keys and hesitant drums, but soon develops into a fierce but soaring lil’ roller with an euphoric, summery kinda feel. S’good, but the standout here for yours truly is Enough Papers on the flip a steppier affair with lilting pianos and a mournful male soul vocal – “sunshine, blue skies… go away”. If you remember Baron’s mid-00s liquid classic At The Drive-In as fondly as I do, you’re gonna fiend for this one, trust!

Best of all, all proceeds go to building a school in Gambia, via the label’s own Back2You Education charity. So, rude not to really…

Out: Tomorrow (via Bandcamp)

About: Find Nottingham-based Back2You on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website… or, most importantly, on Bandcamp.

Rae – Deep In Your Love

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Rae Deep In Your Love EP AzuliUnashamed bouncin’ peaktime frolics here from Azuli.

On the A, Deep In Your Love itself is a 2015-style podium belter, all crisp beats, (slightly Roisin-ish) “deep in your love” female vocal and downpitched counterpart and hyowge M1 line. Let’s see those hands in the air now! Flip it over, and Don’t Make Me Wait is, it probably won’t surprise anyone to learn, a reworking of the Peech Boys’ proto-garage classic of the same name; the real news is that it’s better than most of the 450 or so other attempts that’ve landed in the TIWWD inbox over the years, what with the sweet vocal from Rae herself and a no-messin’ bottom end from the speed garage/bassline house school of thought.

Straddling the commercial/credible divide with some considerable aplomb, this is one you’re going to be hearing a lot, methinks.

Out: This week

About: Find Azuli Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Radr Aktvt Vol 1

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Radr Aktvt Vol 1 Undr The RadrMoving into struttier house territory now we have this five-track V/A offering from Roger Sanchez’s Undr The Radr imprint.

S.Chu is first up to the plate with Feel Good, a rollicking lil’ house jam with a soulful male vocal sample (possibly James Brown, though if it is it’s not the obvious one), tuff drums and a very now-sounding (yet also quite retro rave-y) big, buzzy bassline, all augmented with some fine boompty-ish sax parp. Nathan Dalton brings us ICU, a slightly more leftfield houser with cavernous bass drops and a looped “I see you” male vocal. Cyrus The Great from De$isgnated is more prog/tech-leaning affair with a wailing, Ofra Haza-ish vocal, Riddim Commision’s DaDaDa rocks pounding 4/4s, disco stabs and cut-up vox and has a ‘3am, deep in the zone’ kinda feel overall, while finally Lex Luca’s Awake starts out with a drum intro not dissimilar to Funky Green Dogs’ classic Reach For Me, then gets busy with dramatic analogue synths and hefty rumbling bass.

S.Chu and Riddim Commission share top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Undr The Radr on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Nithen – Depth Control EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Nithen Depth Control EP DeepA three-tracker here from Miami’s Deep stable that’ll please those who like their deep house on the prog-tinged side.

The oddly-titled CubiiCan kicks things off, a slow-burning gem that builds inexorably to an analogue-tastic synthy climax. Daze Control takes an unhurried, throbbing house groove and sprinkles it with more analogue synth sweeps, shakers and vocal micro-snips, while finally Depth Charger is the most overtly floor-friendly of the three and to these ears would sound most at home as a bridging track in the early part of an (eg) Digweed or Cattaneo set, ending as it does in a considerably tougher, chunkier and synthier place than it started out.

Daze Control is the standout for me here.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep, part of the Liquid Music stable, on Facebook or at their own website.

BiG AL – East // West EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL East // West EP Haute MusiqueMore very deep house vibes here, albeit these ones – coming from BiG AL on his own Haute Musique – will be just as at home on the dancefloor as on the sofa.

East Coast Drive is up first, an unhurried number comprising solid kicks, disco handclaps and synth whooshes, an irresistibly jaunty-assed bassline, otherworldly Theremin-like sounds and a treated “let’s make it count” (?) vocal. Flip it for West Coast Drive, which opens with the kind of atmospheric synth-sweep intro that graced a thousand 90s jungle tear-outs, but then instead of fierce Amens introduces more of those no-nonsense 4/4s, another phat n’ squelchy b-line and some gorgeous female vocal snips, including a jazzy, scatty section in the beatless mid-section breakdown.

PROPER deep house bizniss, nuff said!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 9 Nov.

About: You can find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Greg Sawyer – Whenever EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Greg Sawyer Whenever EP Falk RecsMoving into housier pastures, here we have an EP from a man whose name is probably better known in industry circles than to the general public. For by day, Greg Sawyer is Mr Press & Publicity for Defected Records; by night, however, when he’s not DJing at Glitterbox or running his Tenth Circle imprint he turns into a producer of uber-deep house goodness… in this instance, for Bristol-based Falk Recordings.

“Gorgeous blissed-out vibes” is how the hype sheet describes the three tracks here, and I’d say that’s about right! A Fading Glance is a gentle, almost amient piece with tinking pianos, Mayflies comes on like a cross between the very deepest of prog and Jah Wobble’s experiments with Oriental music, and finally Whenever I Try To Leave is an atmospheric, cinematic affair with a haunting, drawn-out “you…” vocal.

All three are aimed fair and square at headphones rather than dancefloors, but if it’s late-night, sofa-surfing vibes you’re after then all all three are well worth checking.

Out: This week

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

Matteo Krauss – Future Vibe EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Matteo Krauss Future Vibe EP dub.sphereMore deep/dub techno goodness here from another German label who excel at that kind of thing, namely Aura Dub’s dub.sphere.

Three tracks to choose from. Hate has several different dialogue samples (including one from Pulp Fiction) trading places back-and-forth atop cavernous 4/4s, a hefty bass rumble, ominous gong sounds and ‘howling wind’ FX. Karma gets deep, down and dirty with a (pleasantly!) surprising amount of funk in its veins for this kind of tackle, while closer Subconscious operates in essentially the same ‘hefty muted kicks and sampled dialogue’ territory as the other two but is just a tiny bit more upbeat.

Liking all three cuts here but Karma takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: Find dub.sphere here, here and here.

Francesco Tarallo – Maturation EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Francesco Tarallo Maturation EP LucidflowWe kick off tonight with some typically high-calibre deep techno/minimal bizniss from Lucidflow.

Four tracks make up the Maturation EP. Aesem is a slow-moving, delicate affair that leans towards ambient/chill-out territory. Cellar Bottle 1 rides more floor-friendly 4/4s but otherwise has just as light a touch in the production department, consisting mostly of water-droplet sounds and a two-note bass throb. Cellar Bottle 2 gets a little busier with the addition of one-note synth hits and a stuttered breakdown in the middle, while finally label bosses Klartraum serve up a remix of Cellar Bottle 1 that ups the dancefloor ante considerably while sprinkling a little glitchdust at the same time.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow herehere and here.

Sinden ft Fritz Helder & Herve – Thick As Thieves Pt 2

October 29, 2015 in Singles

Sinden ft Hervé & Fritz Helder Thick As Thieves Pt 2 Sweat It Out MusicSo one morning in 2007, I’m sat in the iDJ office when my friend and colleague Dave Jenkins (currently of D&B Arena/UKF) walks in and plugs his iPod into the office stereo. He’s been checking promos on the train and tells me, “Dude, you love a speed garage bassline, you HAVE to hear this tune!” The track in question was, of course, Beeper, and Mr Jenkins was right – it was a beast. Since then though – I’ll be honest – nothing either Sinden or Hervé (or ‘The Count’, as was) have done has touched me in quite the same way.

Until now, that is! Because here the Beeper twosome team up once more, and the results are every bit as certified dancefloor-destroying as their 2007 breakout release, with lead track Hit & Run fusing chopped n’ looped fem vox, oriental-sounding keys and, from the 1:33 mark onwards, a huge dark SG bassline. BIG, is the word that springs to mind. Sinden’s solo offering Like Smoke follows and is another very checkable peaktime slammer, as glacial 80s synths and classic house-style female vocal snips do battle with another XXL bassline.

Sinden feat Fritz Helder’s Move Together is a more straight-up dark tech-houser to play us out; to these ears it doesn’t quite match up to the other two, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty who disagree, and anway in this instance two out of three is more than enough.

Out: Tomorrow (30 Oct)

About: This comes on a label who I don’t remember featuring on TIWWD before, Australia’s Sweat It Out Music. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.