Various – Cool Kids Never Sleep

December 31, 2015 in Albums

Cool Kids Never Sleep Unfelde RecordsThere’s no shortage of quality underground electronic music coming out of Romania these days, with techno, tech-house and minimal seemingly the country’s favoured flavas. This new compilation from Unfelde Records, a label who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, is just one example!

And yes, techno, tech-house and minimal are what you can expect to hear across its eight tracks, which come from eight artists most of whom you’ve probably never heard of. But that’s not to say it all sounds the same, with cuts ranging from Andrei C’s smooth, dubby (and quite house-y) Plutesc In Aer to the twitchy, glacial minimal of Robert David’s Frigu, via the looping, terrace-friendly tech-house of Jerome C’s Carlo’s Gone.

It all gels nicely, though – making this a good bet whether you’re looking for ammunition for your DJ sets, or just want to take the path less travelled when it comes to home listening.

Out: This week

About: You can find Unfelde Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – The Christmas Gift LP III

December 29, 2015 in Albums

Various Christmas Gift LP III Carton-Pâte RecordsFrench label Carton-Pâte come with their third annual Christmas compilation, serving up 18 tracks from nearly as many artists.

With 18 tracks on offer, it’d be boring if they all sounded the same – but there’s no danger of that here, as The Christmas Gift LP III stands out for the sheer breadth of music on offer. Where else are you gonna find jazzy, trumpet-tastic deep house (Apollo Powder’s Pont Rouge), deep dark and slightly scary post-dubstep (the JM Remix of Jeanne’s Roma), squelchy Daft Punk-isms (Maxime F’s For You), bumpin’ UKG nouveau (Mr Cardboard’s rave-tinged JSNE) and scratchy minimal techno (Optamystick’s Abyss) all rubbing shoulders on one album – never mind, as here, within the first few tracks!

And the album continues in similarly eclectic fashion, taking in lounge-y/Balearic vibes from Karim Sarahoui, fierce Relief-style jacking house from Pause, euphoric but non-cheesy prog from PNKPHTM and more. The sparse-yet-sumptuous GT246 Garage Edit of Oxxa’s In My Mind and the aforesaid cuts from Apollo Powder, Mr Cardboard and JM/Jeanne come particularly recommended by yours truly, but really, suggesting highlights from an album like this is a bit of pointless exercise – with the variety on offer you’d be better off diving on in and finding your own.

You’ll be glad you did… and you certainly won’t get bored.

Out: Now

About: Find Carton-Pâte Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Villee – No More

December 29, 2015 in Singles

Villee No More Hoover The HouseLithuanian producer Villee comes to Austrian label Hoover The House.

There are two mixes of No More to choose from, plus bonus cut Owner. In its original form, No More has something of a 90s New Jersey feel to its shuffling beats, warm chords and falsetto male vocal, while Austria’s own Robert Es serves up a refix that takes the track into darker, techier pastures. Owner, though, sees us back in classic US-style mode with its organ notes, no-nonsense 4/4s and chopped-up “in and out” fem vox.

It’s actually Owner that’s my personal fave here, but to be fair this is good stuff all round.

Out: Now, on Traxsource; everywhere else from 8 Jan

About: Find Hoover The House on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Kenny Ground – Let Me Know!

December 29, 2015 in Singles

Kenny Ground Let Me Know! Old School DepartmentSwiss producer Kenny Ground serves up some rollicking, party-hearty house grooves here on his own Old School Department label.

In its Original form, Let Me Know! is a strutting, techy affair with looping female vocal snips, pounding kicks and insistent sirens. The CASSIMM Remix opts to use the breakbeat-ish rhythm from the original’s intro throughout the track, and also plumps for a more sinuous b-line, while Italobros up the tempo a notch and take us into more driving tech-house territory with just a hint of disco around the edges.

All three mixes are plenty playable, but CASSIMM takes the top spot for me.

Out: Now

About: Find Old School Department on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Greenfish – Pouse Harty

December 29, 2015 in Singles

Greenfish Pouse Harty Ready Mix RecordsDoing my best to get back into ‘work’ mode after the Xmas break but it’s not easy! So there are still a few bits from last week I need to tell y’all about, starting with this latest offering from Ready Mix Records.

Four mixes of Pouse Harty to choose from. The original’s quite a stripped-back, almost minimal deep/tech houser predicated around a simple hip-shaking rhythm, bubblin’ bass and diva vocal snips, all of which are accompanied by a treated male voice saying – well, actually I’m pretty sure he’s not saying the name of Scottish football team Stenhousemuir, but now I’ve heard it as that…

As for the remixes, David Kassi takes us down a deeper, warmer, smoother road with a beefier bassline and some nice understated chords, Deep Active Sound get dubbed-out and a lil’ bit wonky for small hours floors, while finally SLP up the dub ante (in the reggae sense) on their skankin’ Club Mix.

Kassi’s rub takes the gold for me, with SLP not far behind.

Out: Now on Beatport, everywhere else from Monday

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Eugene Glasgow – Someday EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Eugene Glasgow Someday EP MustHaveSoulFinally for tonight, we have some raw, 90s-style vocal house bizniss coming courtesy of Dubai’s MustHaveSoul – this being the label’s very first release.

On the A, Someday itself starts out with a full minute-and-a-half of intro consisisting of just drums and a piercing synth note, before eventually adding first parping garage-y keys and then looping diva vox, the end result being a cut that wouldn’t have disgraced the mighty Serious Grooves label back in the glory days. It’s accompanied by I’ll Do Anything, which tops a no-nonsense lolloping rhythm with deep-voiced, half-spoken-half-sung male vox, looped “come on!” shouts and some very fine jazz organ work.

File under “real deal shiznit that’ll delight househeads of a certain age”.

Out: This week

About: You can find MustHaveSoul – which is the new record label arm of a long-running club brand – on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Doug English & Ross Regs – Credo

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Doug English & Ross Regs Credo Blue DyeMoving into slightly techier house pastures now (but with a disco twist) we have this offering from Germany’s Blue Dye, which is the work of two Detroit-based producers.

Three mixes of Credo to choose from. The original tops slamming tech-house beats with a disco-style vocoder/talkbox vocal (not sure which) and  some absolutely KILLER slap-bass action. Antony Toga’s remix ups the tempo a little and adds some great space disco stabs but sadly dispenses with the slap bass, while finally the PachangaStorm & Oliver Deuerling Remix is more overtly house-ified again, while also rocking a big horrorshow synth-bass breakdown that’s vaguely redolent of 80s electro (think Amityville or Inspector Gadget).

The Original’s the standout for me here but the other two are plenty playable as well.

Out: This week

About: Find Blue Dye herehere and here.

BiG AL – Deep Into Space EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL Deep Into Space EP Different AttitudesTypically fine deep house grooves here from my man Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour, coming this time not on his own Ready Mix Records or Haute Musique, but on a UK label TIWWD readers just might have come across before… Different Attitudes.

It’s a two-track affair. Deep Into Space itself is quite a trad-style deep house dancefloor jam, with a bumpin’, garage-y feel that’s augmented by chipmunk’d female “deep in love” vocal snips. Flip it over and you’ll find Woodstock Love, a much more uptempo, driving cut that’s clearly aimed at peaktime play and that sports jazzy trumpet fanfares and micro-snatches of soulful male vocal.

S’good, but Deep Into Space takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 4 Jan.

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook, why don’t you?

Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto – Sun Goes

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto Sun Goes SP RecordingsMore sweet fem vox (see Andi Rivera, below) on this single-tracker from Essex label SP Recordings.

Sitting somewhere between deep, soulful and ‘beach’ house, Sun Goes is predicated around langorous synth sweeps, soaring sax, gently tinkling chimes and, of course, that gorgeous (but uncredited) sultry, wistful vocal. It all adds up to something with a vaguely ‘sunset in Ibiza in the 90s’ feel… but that’s by no means a bad thing.

Not much more to tell you, really.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

Andi Rivera – In My Mind

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Andi Rivera In My Mind Xylo MusicSo here we are, the little baby Jesus’s birthday has been and gone and it’s time to get back in the reviewing saddle, starting with this UKG-leaning offering from Andi Rivera on Xylo Music.

Four mixes of In My Mind to choose from. The strutty, stuttery Original is in some ways closest to that original late 90s vibe, but my money’s on the slightly smoother Jamie George, which has something of a Tuff Jam/Baffled Republic feel, albeit the big rasping bassline clearly sounds a bit more contemporary. Elsewhere, Secret Sinz’ remix is just a little less frantic than the original while the Soul Academy rub strips things right back and adds house-y, rave-y keys – I could’ve sworn it was gonna break out into Xpansions Move Your Body at one point!

All good, but as I said, Jamie George takes the gold for me here.

Out: This week

About: Find Xylo Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.