Simztek & Dubz – Creating Genres EP

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Simztek & Dubz Creating Genres EP New Politics RecordsSeeing as it’s Saturday night let’s end on a slightly more ‘now’ and ‘up’ tip with this latest from New Politics Records.

Four tracks to choose from here. Get Up is a now-sounding, peaktime-friendly but non-cheesy house jam with old skool pianos, hefty warping bass that’s actually applied quite subtly and an R&B-ish “what’s up, what’s up, get your hands up, get your hands up” vocal sample, though I couldn’t tell you where it’s from. Innocence ploughs a deeper furrow and is reminscent of the more soulful end of late 90s UKG. Minimal Fuss starts out as an eyes-down, bass-and-drums workout, but as the track progresses attitude-y bass and looping fem vox join the party, while finally So Long is a big n’ bouncy future garage/bass house affair with wailing fem vox, gnarly rave bass and an overall ‘last half hour before the club shuts, let’s f***ing ‘ave it” kinda feel.

All four are probably best served to younger floors but Innocence should appeal to the older heads as well.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 28 March

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

Dipper & Sy P – Make It Last

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Dipper & Sy P Make It Last SP RecordingsDeeper house vibes now courtesy of Essex’s SP Recordings.

There’s just the one track/mix, so I needn’t keep you long! Make It Last harks back to classic Chi-town deep house of yore, and comes infused with a hefty dose of soul in the form of garage-y Rhodes chords, gently tinkling keys and a guest vocal from the mighty Robert Owens that shares centre-stage with a second, whispered male vocal.

Not much more to tell you really… jus’ quality late-night deep house vibes, seen?

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

Demuir – Jacktified

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Demuir Jacktified I'm A House GangsterA pleasingly varied five-tracker here from I’m A House Gangster.

Rise Of The Sagittarian is up first, a boompty-jazz affair with rollin’ beats, tinkling ivories and sampled, spoken jazzman vox. Talkn Bout Gangsta treads a slightly more familiar strutty tech/G-house path for IAHG, but if the gangsta/hip-hop vox are too much for you it’s accompanied by a Dub that lets the funk of the track’s underlying groove shine through. Completing the EP is Raw N Crazy, another distinctly jazzual affair – and one where you might be glad there’s a Clean version included cos the spoken female vocal on the original may be just a little, ahem, ‘frank’ for some tastes…

All good, but Rise… takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find I’m A House Gangster on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Vodzux – I Wonder Why

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Vodzux Wonder Why EP Plastik PeopleFinally for tonight, we have a three-track EP that blends deep house, jazz-funk and soul influences to perfection.

The title track is a lazy, laidback groover with a looping “if I could only prove (something)” vocal, sampled crowd noise and tinkling jazz ivories to die for. Anyone Like U opens with a chunk of sampled 70s soul vox, then breaks out into the kind of languid funk that’ll appeal to fans of (eg) Groove Armada, Lemon Jelly or Zero 7, topping it with another soulful vocal (a man’s voice crooning “with my baby”) and more of those killer jazz keys. And then finally there’s Princess, which operates at a similar midtempo pace to the other two but has more of an early 80s boogie/soul kinda feel.

Perfect deep, lazy grooves for Sunday chillin’ or poolside loungin’.

Out: Thursday (18 March)

About: This is brought to you by Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People over in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Kaptan – While My Guitar Gently Deeps

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Kaptan While My Guitar Gently Deeps UM RecordsMoving into deeper house pastures, here we have a single-track release from New Zealand’s ever-reliable UM Records.

While My Guitar… starts out in almost Orb/System 7-ish territory, with lingering synth chords and plangent electric geetar wails. But those soon give way to an ominous dark bassline, choppy synth notes and unhurried deep house beats, the end result being an evolving, broody affair that’s tailormade for warm-up or (very) late-night play.

Classy stuff as ever from the Kiwi crew!

Out: Tomorrow (14 March)

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here.

Riki Inocente – The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Riki Inocent The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1 RejektsWe ended last night in quite ‘up’ territory, so let’s kick off there again tonight with this superb three-tracker from Iain Taylor’s Rejekts label.

First out in October last year, here Riki Inocente’s Northern Rose EP gets the remix treatment on this first EP in a series of two. Jamie Trench’s No Horn Dub takes The Journey into squelchy, bassy 3am territory, while Jem Haynes’ rerub of Mood 5 has something of a late-90s Nite Grooves kinda feel; both are quality, but the standout comes in the form of the label boss’s take on The Journey, which sees the track transformed into an unholy and utterly devastating cocktail of a dark, rumbling speed garage bassline and warping, spacey atmospheric synths.

Outstanding stuff that’ll rock any house floor worthy of the name.

Out: This week

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

Karmine Rosciano – Give EP

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Karmine Rosciano Give EP DeepclicksIf you drive along the M32 between Manchester and Leeds,  there’s a bit where the motorway splits in two, because some farmer refused to budge when it was being built. I mention this because, while I’m not entirely sure what the farmer’s motivation was or how the whole scenario’s panned out for him long-term, sometimes you have to admire the hold-outs and diehards of this world for their sheer tenacity. And when it comes to big mid-90s-sounding organ throbbers, I’d have to count myself in that number.

So, Phil Maher’s toned-down, smoothed-out mix of the title track here, with its extensive breakdowns and foregrounding of a soulful male vocal that’s used only in treated form on the original, is fine. Can’t Leave, a very 2016-style deep/tech house jam with cut-up R&B-ish vox, fat squelchy bass, hints of acid and Orb-ish synth flurries, is also fine. Deephope’s more laidback, late-night remix of Can’t Leave, with its 80s-sounding synths, is very fine, to be fair. But the title track itself, in its orginal form, with its echoing vox and big throbbing organ bassline? Now that’s a MONSTER.

It’s probably not very cool and trendy to say so, but ask me if I care. You’re gonna have to build your Berlin hipster autobahn around my Korg M1 farm and that’s all there is to it!

Out: This actually came out on general release LAST week, but somehow it got missed – and was too good to let slide.

About: This comes on Spain’s Deep Clicks, who are no strangers to this blog and who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Cass – Mortal

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Cass Mortal Old School DepartmentSwitzerland’s Old School Department come up with the floor-rockin’ house vibes once again here.

Cass is described as a ‘UK talent’ – it’s not clear if it’s the same Cass of Cass & Slide/Cass & Mangan fame (AKA Christopher Cutbush) but I’m guessing not, though I could be wrong. Doesn’t really matter though cos Mortal is an energetic peaktime tech-house stomper whoever’s made it, sporting a dark, rumbling b-line, rave-y stabs and an ominous “you’ve annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed mine” spoken male vocal. It’s not for the faint-hearted but it’ll destroy the floors it’s aimed at, with the overall vibe not dissimilar to Underground Sound Of Lisbon’s So Get Up.

If that’s a bit much for you, though, then flip it over for the Mike Denitz remix, a smoother, less in-your-face pass.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Old School Department on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Adrian Scarlett – Inovation EP

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Adrian Scarlett Inovation EP Smiley FingersWhile we’re in a tech-house kinda mood (and by ‘we’re’ I mean I am, obviously), here’s a neat two-tracker from Happy Records…

Two tracks make up the Inovation EP. Inovation itself is sparse and twitchy, indeed leaning almost towards the minimal side of things with its barely-there, distorted vocal fragments but with rock-solid kicks driving things forward. I’m slightly preferring Verdy on the flip, though, a more funk-fuelled and chuggy affair whose beats n’ bass lollop along in unhurried fashion – and in NO WAY prepare you for the xylophone-and-opera-vocal assault that’s to come (though I guess maybe the title should have – see what they did there?).

If you’re looking for solid, keep-’em-moving business then head for Inovation, but if you’re after engendering a proper ‘WTF?’ moment on the floor then Verdy‘s the one. It might be a bit Marmite but it’s a track they won’t forget in a hurry!

Out: This week

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

**CORRECTED 29 MAR as label was previously given as Smiley Fingers in error

Ron Costa – Coluka EP

March 12, 2016 in Singles

Ron Costa Coluka EP Love The UndergroundQuality tech-house vibes here from France’s Monsieur Costa.

Coluka comes in three mixes. Costa’s original is a stripped but bouncy affair with a wonky, off-kilter synth line taking centre stage, backed by chuggy beats, understated bass that periodically comes whomping out of nowhere at you, and what sounds like a triangle (!?) tinkling away insistently throughout. Kike Medina’s remix is fiercer and more kinda heads-down-at-DC10, while Mikaela’s rerub is busier in the synths department and leans towards the proggy side, but the Original’s the one for me here.

Completing the EP is bonus cut Back Home, an unapologetic drums-and-bass workout for small-hours tech floors that’s also worth a spin.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by fledgling (this is LTU005) UK label Love The Underground, who are based in London and who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.