Rishi K – Strange & Beautiful

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Rishi K Strange & Beautiful Sonic Soul RecordsThe witching hour approacheth, so this is the last review for tonight… and what a way to finish. If Rishi K with Tom Lown, Ariane Blank and Jero Nougues remixes doesn’t get your juices flowing, you’re clearly reading this blog by mistake!

Rishi’s original version of Strange & Beautiful, then, is a fairly mellow but still floor-friendly deep house groover, with vocoded “funky music!” vocal stabs, “come on!” interjections, synths redolent of Joey Negro at his most spacey and a warm, chugging bassline that underpins it all. Shoes, Bags & Boys boss Blank brings us a stripped-back, dubbier, twitchier rub that foregrounds some Afro-tinged percussion, Jero’s rub essentially follows the Original’s blueprint but dials back the vox, while Tom Lown takes us into proper late-night territory with added yearnsome female vocal wails and synths that flutter their way to Andromeda and back.

Classy stuff all round, but then from a line-up like that, what did you expect?

Out: This week

About: This comes on US label Sonic Soul Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Luca De Negri – Mind Harbor EP

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Luca De Negri Mind Harbor EP AquasoundSeems like a while since any of the Liquid Music labels cropped up on TIWWD… not entirely sure why, but anyway here comes a three-track EP from Italian producer De Negri on Aquasound to redress the balance.

What’s most striking about the EP is its sheer diversity. It opens with Dimension, a fairly laidback deep house groover with midrange synth drones, vocal microsnips and vaguely Latin/Balearic overtones. Harbor, which is up next, couldn’t be much more different, being a dark n’ driving techno cut built to rock bodies in dark rooms during the wee small hours. And then finally Mind, a rolling tech-house jam with a surging, pulsing bassline and 909-like drum hits, sits somewhere between the two.

Dimension stands out for me, with Mind not far behind. But De Negri deserves props for serving up an EP packed with the kind of stylistic variety we too rarely hear from any one producer these days.

Out: This week

About: You can find Aquasound, which as stated above is part of the Miami-based Liquid Music stable, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Angelo Salici – Soulshaker

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Angelo Salici Soulshaker Abracadabra RecordingsA nice quick one now cos there’s just the one mix.

Soulshaker also isn’t, it has to be said, the most groundbreaking or pioneering of tracks, being a simple rolling tech-houser with much use of the filters and a sleazy, slinky bassline that definitely represents the track’s main focus – despite the extended sampled disco breakdown that crops up not once but twice.

But what it may lack in innovation, it makes up for in energy, because Soulshaker is as compelling an order to dance as you’ll hear all week. And that’s enough to warrant it a shout here!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Stanny Abram’s Abracadabra Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Yenk – Simple Math EP

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Yenk Simple Math EP Syne RecordsA neat little two-tracker here from Spanish label Syne Records.

On the A, Simple Math itself sports some gloriously old school pianos that it marries, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, to the familar “everyone’s talking about the good old days” vocal. They’re both underpinned, however, by thoroughly contemporary deep/tech house beats, and accompanied by a second spoken male vocal talking about “that first beat” and such. Over on the B, meanwhile, Bouncing Up is a slightly tuffer affair with tribal tinges around the edges.

Both are playable for sure, but Simple Math is definitely the one here.

Out: This week

About: You can find Syne Records herehere and here.

S-Man feat Mr V – 6AM

January 31, 2016 in Singles

S-Man ft Mr V 6AM Undr The RadrIn which Mr V waxes poetic over tuff house beats supplied by the legendary Mr Sanchez, on his own Undr The Radr label.

Six mixes to choose from. The original is the kind of ‘big dark room’ house music that Rog does better than almost anyone, propelled by a sinuous bassline and tuff-but-not-stoopid 4/4s, with some brain-frying rising synths thrown in for good measure. But it’s the lyric that’s most striking… at first you think he’s talking about some girl, but eventually you realise that 6AM is really a love song to house music itself.

Mixwise, the original’s accompanied by a matching Dub, prolific Romanian tech-house hero Horatio (try saying that at 6am!) supplies a remix and dub for the relevant floors, Dario D’Attis takes us down slightly darker, more driving pass and finally there’s an acapella for the creative jocks.

Out: This week

About: Find Undr The Radr on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Remixed by Deep Active Sound

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Remixed By Deep Active Sound DeepWit RecordingsFairly obvious what’s going on from the title I guess, but just to be 100% clear, here we have an EP from DeepWit Recordings featuring three tracks by different artists, all remixed by Russian producer Mihail Bessmertny, AKA Deep Active Sound.

First up is label boss Alvaro Hylander’s Cream Soda, which in the hands of DAS at least is a midtempo deep house chugger with dreamy, filtered chords, muted kicks and an understated but fairly hefty bassline that nods to vintage Chi-town deepness. The DAS remix of Pablo Fierro’s New York is another late-night kinda jam, though again a nice fat b-line means floor play shouldn’t be ruled out, while completing the package is the DAS remix of Ejeca’s Bumbled, which rocks tuffer drums than the other two and has an almost garage-y feel to its chopped female “baby it’s you” vox and warm piano chords/stabs.

Three very fine cuts that’ll appeal to the true deep house heads, not much more to say really!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

COEO – Back In The Days EP

January 31, 2016 in Singles

COEO Back In The Days EP Toy TonicsA five-track EP here from Toy Tonics adn the German duo of Florian Vietz and Andreas Höpfl that proves you CAN do disco-inspired house without getting all cheesy about it. Not that that was really ever in doubt round these parts.

Back In The Days itself tops simple, muted 4/4s with sweeping disco strings, a spoken male vocal talking about the birth of house music and spacey synth wobbles. Jugendstil is a more laidback groover with a languid funk b-line and spoken/shouted male vox,  ++++ is the most discofied track on the whole EP with its filters and “Makossa!” shouts, but Humbled comes close, sounding not unlike an early 00s Credence disco-houser on mild downers.

Only Native Riddim, which its more strident 4/4s and a sampled, spoken female (which appears to be from an interview with some soul/R&B diva, though I couldn’t say who) flips the script a little, otherwise this is one strictly for the lovers of deep, druggy disco. But I suspect there may be more than a few of those among the TIWWD readership!

Out: This week

About: Find Toy Tonics on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Dave Martins – Acid Flipper EP

January 26, 2016 in Singles

Dave Martins Acid Flipper EP Midnight Social RecordingsA two-track, four-mix EP from Swiss producer (and Southpark Records co-owner) Martins here, coming on Carlo Gambino’s Leeds-based Midnight Social Recordings.

Acid Flipper, in its original form, is a deep/tech house chugger, plenty hefty in the bottom-end without being “bassy”, if you see what I mean, and with a spoken male vocal that runs throughout. It’s accompanied by a Freak The Disco Remix which ups the pace several notches, largely dispenses with the vocal and adds, instead, strange drawn-out sounds like a child’s music box that’s running out of juice… definitely one to save for when the floor’s deep in the zone already. The other original cut, Tuono, starts out life as a fairly light n’ breezy tech-house groove topped with another spoken male vocal (“black is a statement, black knows it is different. It likes it that way”), before a remix from US duo Lost Pieces takes us into more heads-down, 4am territory.

All good stuff but if pushed, the Lost Pieces rub of Tuono nudges it for me.

Out: Friday (on Beatport)

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook. There’s also still time to order yourself a copy of their first-ever, ultra-limited vinyl release via Qrates as well, if you’ve a mind to.

Steady Beats – F**k The Disco EP

January 26, 2016 in Singles

Steady Beats F**k The Disco EP Abracadabra RecordingsTuff, techy house grooves are the order of the day on this two-tracker from Slovenia’s Abracadabra Recordings, one of several labels co-owned by eastern European tech-house don Stanny Abram.

F**k The Disco itself (their asterisks, not mine) centres around throbbing bass that’s vaguely (but only vaguely) reminiscent of the classic White Lines bassline, which it marries to busy but quite understated tech-house beats, whooshy synth sounds and, as the track progresses, a jaunty, nagging keys riff. Flip it over, and Bounce rides much cleaner, driving 4/4s with more of those synth whooshes, and another throbbing, warping b-line that again forms the centrepiece of the track.

Two extremely solid tech-house bullets that, as they admirably refrain from going all over-the-top and in-your-face, should work on deeper floors, too. Not much more to say really.

Out: Saturday (30 Jan)

About: Abracadabra is the parent label in a group that also includes the sub-labels Alakazam and Hocus Pocus, and can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Hauswerks – Only You EP

January 25, 2016 in Singles

Hauswerks Only You EP Lost RecordsA three-track, four-mix EP from British producer Hauswerks here, coming on Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records.

Only You itself is a lively, quite techy affair with ruff-edged bass and busy, crunchy percussion, atop which sit drawn-out, trumpet-like sounds and, bringing the light, snatches of sweet female vocal. Nothing Really Matters has a heads-down, 4am kinda feel, with tribal-leaning percussion and a looping, echoing “nothing really matters” female vocal. The standout here though is Don’t Make Me Wait, which as many of you will have already guessed references the Peech Boys, and which comes in two flavours: a sparse, percussion-led Original that puts the vocal right in the spotlight, and a pumped-up n’ bassy 12 Stories Remix that takes the gold for this reviewer.

Out: Friday (29 Jan)

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