Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

Robot Needs Oil – Little Jack

November 29, 2015 in Singles

Robot Needs Oil Little Jack Sonic Soul RecordsDon’t get me wrong, I like the three records I just told you about below a lot, or they wouldn’t be here. But this… we’re definitely ending on a high note tonight because this is a little slice of deep house heaven.

In its Original form, Little Jack is a deep, garage-y beauty with a strong jazz flava to its mournful trumpets, understated two-chord piano hook, floaty sax and distinctive near-scat “It’s just a little funky jive” vocal. As if that wasn’t enough, you then get a trio of remixes from what’s pretty much a TIWWD dream team line-up of Rishi K, Harold Heath and Tony S. Harold adds just a hint of disco/funk, Rishi beefs up the kicks a little and adds subtle M1 sounds as well as some frankly superb live piano licks, while Tony strips things back for the 3am floors.

Like I said: a little slice of deep house heaven. Go seek!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by US label Sonic Soul Records. It’s their seventh release and you can find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – No 590 EP

November 29, 2015 in Singles

No 590 EP NIte GroovesAnother excellent addition to Nite Groove’s ‘number’ series of EPs here.

No stranger to this blog, Matt McLarrie gets the ball rolling with Jazz Lemonade, a superb slice of garage-leaning deep house with a warm, fluid bassline, soaring sax, insistent piano stabs and spoken “jazz!” vox. Misty’s Circus Horns is a more driving house cut with a lolloping main synth/bass riff, tribal-tinged drums and a big, dramatic breakdown in the middle, while completing the EP is Because Of You from Severin Borer, a more contemplative, slow-burning houser with some pleasingly hefty bass throb and a blissed-out, almost Balearic feel in places.

All solid stuff, but it’s Jazz Lemonade that makes this EP essential.

Out: This week

About: Find Nite Grooves on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at the King Street website.

DJ Shaheer Williams ft Michael Watford – Faith

November 29, 2015 in Singles

Shaheer Williams ft Michael Watford Faith Universe MediaA complete change of pace now as London’s Universe Media bring us a fine slice of gospel-flavoured garage/soulful house from former Ruffneck man Shaheer Williams.

Three mixes of Faith to choose from. On the Soul Groove Mix, Watford’s legendary tonsils are in action atop an insistent piano riff, hip-swayin’ beats and, later on, some ker-razy parping Hammond action. David Anthony ups the tempo a little on his Gospel Mix, which has BVs from Lisa Millett, no less, and which is vaguely reminiscent of Praise Cats’ classic Shined On Me. And then finally another scene stalwart, Ricky Morrison, gives us a Klub Dub Vox mix which adopts a slightly more contemporary, tech-tinged tone while keeping Watford’s vocal intact.

If you’re fiending for uplifting, trad-style soulful vibes that are guaranteed devoid of both wish and wash, you’ll find ’em right here.

Out: This week

About: You can find Universe Media on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Various – L.T.D EP Vol 2

November 29, 2015 in Singles

L.T.D EP Vol 2 Soul TraderWe ended last night in drum & bass territory, so let’s pick up there again tonight with this pleasingly varied V/A sampler from West London’s fledgling Soul Trader label.

Spearhead Records boss BCee is up first with the soulfully inclined liquid roller Thought I Knew, which sports melancholy strings, gently tinkling ivories and a looping female “I thought I knew you” vocal. HLZ’s Broken Lights sits somewhere between liquid and deep/minimal D&B with its cavernous bass drops, steppy beats and female vocal wails, while McLeod’s Stolen Kisses operates in similar territory but with more frenetic rolling beats. Salaryman’s more strident In The Stories then nudges towards ‘stadium’ territory, before the Simplification & Translate remix of Random Movement’s Chop Shop Burn plays us out on a mellower note once more, albeit when that bass drops you’ll know about it!

It’s the BCee and HLZ tracks I’d head for first, personally, but the range on offer makes this a package that should have broad appeal.

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Trader on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Altered Perception – Engage/Creep

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Altered Perception Engage/Creep Plush RecordingsOkay, last one for tonight so let’s flip the script before we dip with some deep, dark D&B vibes courtesy of the ever-checkable Plush Recordings.

Alchemic Breaks boss Altered Perception is the man at the controls, serving up two serious dancefloor bullets your Nan probably wouldn’t like much. On the A, Engage is packed full of the kind of ominous, industrial sounds you find in the deepest of techno and minimal, albeit in this instance they’re married to rollin’ techy beats and a dark, warping main synth hook. Over on the B, meanwhile, Creep has a similar sound palette but fiercer drums – not much more I can tell you, really.

Two to reach for when you want to turn the dark up!

Out: This week

About: Find Plush Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Moniker – Give It Up EP

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Moniker Give It Up Arcade PonyA three-tracker here from Punx Soundcheck’s Arcade Pony imprint and rising Aussie producer Moniker.

The title track is a now-sounding bass-y houser with bags on energy and attitude-y fem vox… it’ll work on younger floors for sure, but TBH it’s the other two cuts that are working better for me. House Music Was Born takes a hefty chunk of the declarin’ vocal from – well, I don’t need to tell you were from, surely? – and places it atop a stuttering, bouncy backdrop of ruff-edged bass, shimmering synth FX and no-nonsense 4/4s, while Brave Noise’s remix of Give It Up smooths out the original’s indie-dance/punk-funk edges, adds some classic diva wails and takes us into eyes-down 3am territory.

It’s the latter that takes the gold for me, but House Music Was Born is good too and sure to raise a smile…

Out: This week

About: Find Arcade Pony, who haven’t featured on TIWWD before I don’t think, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jon Lee – Making Me It! EP

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Jon Lee Making Me It! EP Different AttitudesYet more fine house grooves here, these ones coming from Different Attitudes and newcomer Jon Lee.

Just the two tracks to choose from. On the A, Making Me It! itself rocks a pulsing synth/bass riff that’s not a little reminiscent of Kerri’s Bar A Thym, pairing it with simple shuffling beats and snippets of garage-y fem vox. Flip it over and you’ll find Will I See You Tonight, a more strutty but densely layered houser with just the faintest hint of prog to some of the synth sounds.

Good stuff as ever from Different Attitudes, with Making Me It! my pick of the two.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 December

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

Javier Penna & Cristian Poow – Illusion

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Javier Penna Cristian Poow Illusion Dbeatzion RecordsMoving into more uptempo house territory, here we have a cheeky little number from Argentina’s Dbeatzion Records.

Illusion sees label boss Cristian Poow teaming up with Javier Penna for a remake of/homage to Imagination’s 80s boogie classic Just An Illusion that sits somewhere between deep house and nu-disco, and that also sports a nagging keys riff that doesn’t half remind me of the riff from 2 In A Room’s 90s stomper El Trago. It’s presented in simple Club and Radio mixes, so not much more to tell you, really.

Not the most groundbreaking of cuts, admittedly, but it’ll work on the floor without a doubt.

Out: This week

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

Audio Units, Hamza & Omanu – Space Dust

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Hamza, Audio Units & Omanu Space Dust DeepWit RecordingsMore quality deep house vibes here, coming from those ever-reliable providers of such, Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Four mixes of Space Dust to choose from. The original’s a dreamaway late-night throbber with female vocal snips, rolling drums, warm percussion, space-y synths (of course) and just a hint of Detroit-t synth-strings in the mid-section. First up to to the remix plate is Finest Wear, who gives us a more floor-friendly rub, though you’d still be talking early doors or very late play. Pat Lezizmo also ups the tempo slightly while retaining more of the Original’s ‘lost in space’ feel, while finally Niclas With Attitude comes with a stripped-back, slightly techier pass.

To be honest, thought, the differences between the mixes here are fairly minor – this is a ‘proper’ deep house bomb whichever way you slice it!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.