Floorplan – Music/Tell You No Lie

April 30, 2016 in Singles

Floorplan Music M-PlantWell, this took me by surprise! See, we all know Robert Hood makes quite hard, driving techno, and we all know that Floorplan is his ‘house’ alias. But if I’m honest, some of the Floorplan stuff hasn’t sounded that different from his work under his own name to my disco-dolly ears.

There’s no such confusion here, though, as the Underground Resistance veteran heartily embraces his OWN inner disco dolly on these two tracks. Music is quite driving by disco-house standards, with a throbbing, almost French Kiss-like bassline and two contrasting vocals: a male, sung “music!” one and a spoken female one that I suspect is either Loleatta or Millie Jackson, though I could be wrong. Over on the B, meanwhile, Tell You No Lie is equally uptempo but lighter in tone, with a “disco guy, you’ll be sorry if you pass me by” vocal [sampled from Brainstorm’s 1977 hit Lovin’ Is Really My Game] and strings to die for.

A wicked EP which shows that, when it’s done well, there’s still plenty of life in the disco-house dog yet!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Mr Hood’s M-Plant label, who you can find at their own website or on his Facebook page.

Dorival Cora – Dumptaste/Everything

April 30, 2016 in Singles

Dorival Cora Dumptaste eMBi MusicTech-house from the deeper side on this two-tracker from Spanish producer Dorival Cora, brought to you by Germany’s eMBi Music.

On the A, Dumptaste is a midpaced, chuggy affair replete with twitchy-glitchy, minimal-like sounds and topped with a spoken vocal by a rather posh British lady (or what sounds like a rather posh British lady). Over on the B, meanwhile, Everything appears to be a somewhat smoother, (deep) housier ride… but have just realised the WAV didn’t download properly and it’s kinda hard to say from the first 30 seconds!

It’s a good 30 seconds, though…

Out: This week

About: Find eMBi Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Lucio Agustin – Arata EP

April 25, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Arata EP Innocent DeepAnd from the minimal D&B of Sam Binary (below), we move on to actual minimal with this excellent EP from Innocent Deep.

Three tracks to choose from. Arata itself is quite smooth and melodic by minimal standards, and as such could easily slot into a deep house set with its fairly simple rolling beats, sampled mission control speech and hefty, stuttering bassline. Indiana is a bit more twitchy-glitchy and very sparse, making this one more for the minimal purists, while finally Titicaca brings the dubwise vibes.

All three are plenty playable but Arata takes the gold for me, with Titicaca not far behind.

Out: Now

About: You can find Innocent Deep and the rest of the Innocent Music label family herehere and here.

Zere – Outsource/Interval (Remixes)

April 25, 2016 in Singles

Zere Outsource/Habitat E-Motion RecordsAs promised last night, a couple of bits from last week to catch up on before we start with this week’s release. First up: this superb D&B slab from Birmingham-based label E-Motion Records.

Two very different remixes to choose from here. The Habitat Remix of Outsource is an uptempo, liquid-y roller with a vague air of menace at the bottom end, and atmospheric “oo-ooh” sounds that don’t half remind me of a D&B remix of Tony Di Bart’s The Real Thing I’ve got on 10-inch somewhere, which makes me think they’re probably from something dead famous and I’m an idiot for not knowing. Anyway, it’s good, but the minimalist Sam Binary Remix of Interval on the flip is even better, a red-eyed half-step headnodder powered along by dark, rumbling sub-bass.

Out: Now

About: Find E-Motion on Soundcloud and Facebook.

BiG AL – Profoundness

April 25, 2016 in Singles

BiG AL Profoundness Haute MusiqueSadly I seem to have run out of Sunday, so while there are still a few bits n’ bobs from this week I’d like to tell you about tomorrow, for now we’ll play out with this typically classy deep houser from our old friend Adel Ghandour AKA BiG AL, coming on his own Haute Musique imprint.

Three rubs of Profoundness to choose from. In its Original form its a chuggy, dub-tinged affair with cut-up vox, strings sweeps and a pleasingly unhurried feel overall. The Bucher Remix rocks tuffer kicks and has something of a druggier, 4am, tribal kinda vibe without getting stoopid about it, while Jero Nougues reaches into the disco goody bag and pulls out clappy beats which he then applies to a remix that takes us on a more epic, blissed-out journey.

All three are good but the Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

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

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis – Being Apart [Remixes]

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis Being Apart Limitation MusicHeading into seriously deep waters now with this latest offering from Romania’s ever-checkable Limitation Music, which features rerubs of a track first featured on Katelanos’s That Jazz Thing EP.

Four mixes of Being Apart to choose from, and every one a cracker. The Original marries a phat but understated bassline to delicate, high-end percussion, then tops both with jazzy piano, space-y synth washes and the merest hint of fem vox, the end result being a melodic, meandering late-night jam that’d work on the dancefloor or the headphones alike. Label stalwart Addex’s remix is dubbier and more laidback, Christopher Kardek’s has a blissier, more Balearic feel while Savvas tuffens up the drums just half a notch while simultaneously dropping the tempo slightly.

But truth be told, the differences are pretty minor – Being Apart is a top-drawer deep house cut whichever way you spin it.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Limitation Music herehere and here.

Cotterell – Respect

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Cotterell Respect Plastik PeopleJust the one mix here but it’s all you’ll need, believe me!

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People imprint generally – they’re flying the flag for trad-style deep house and US garage as (only a) few others are right now. But Respect, with its parping organs, skippy beats and one-word female/scatted male vocals is a jewel even in Plastik People’s already v. sparkly crown.

If you’re fiending for some proper old skool Jersey vibes, you need this record in your life, simple as that.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Plastik People on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Tommy Bones – Arrival EP

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Tommy Bones Arrival EP Strictly RhythmGonna keep it nice n’ deep tonight after last night’s trek through stompier pastures, starting with this two-tracker from the mighty Strictly Rhythm.

It’s the B-side you’ll be wanting to head for. Not that the A’s Aisha isn’t a perfectly playable lil’ slice of peaktime house music: it is. It’s heavily indebted to French Kiss, admittedly, but the jaunty piano chords save it from being a mere pastiche. But Aisha pales in comparison next to T’s Jazzy Joint on the B, a far deeper jam that does very much what it says on the tin. Crucially, though, its fluttering synth-flutes, tinkling vibes and scatty vocal snips are underpinned by rock-solid 4/4s and a satisfying full-fat bassline.

No chin-stroking noodlefest this one, just 5:57 of sumptuous house music to lose yourself in. Which I suggest you do at your earliest opportunity.

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm  herehere and here.

Detroit’s Filthiest – Murda Bizness

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Detroit's Filthiest Murda Bizness Motor City Electro CompanyOkay, so here’s a thing: I have NO IDEA what kind of music this is. And that, as any true music lover will know, is always an exciting feeling.

“The talented and versatile Detroit producer takes you on a drum & bass trip,” says the hype sheet. Or you could hear it as that most handily nebulous of all genre tags, “bass music” – it’d fit into grime or dubstep sets, for instance, without too much bother. Or you could, as I do, hear it like slowed-down 92-style hardcore, like a kind of cough-syrup-woozy take on Mr Kirk’s Nightmare (check those sirens!). And of course hardcore was only ever a bastard offshoot of Detroit techno anyway, and it’s on DJ Nasty’s label so you’d have to chuck ‘Detroit ghettotech’ in the pot as well.

Never mind all that, though, because however you want to pigeonhole it, if militant 808’s and sub-bass that could cause an earthquake, available with or without a ragga-esque female vocal, sound like your idea of a good time, you need to check this one. And if they don’t… check this anyway, because it kicks like an absolute bastard. And that’s swearing.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Detroit label Motor City Electro Company, who don’t actually seem to have any kind of web presence so best I can do for you is a Discogs entry.

Jana Falcon – Falling EP

April 23, 2016 in Singles

Jana Falcon Falling EP Smile For A WhileBerlin-based Smile For A While come with a four-track EP that won’t be to everyone’s taste, but that I rather like, so nyer.

Opener Contemplation Of Inadequacy is the track that’s most likely to be a stumbling block… tuff kicks plus M1-ish organs and Detroit-y strings are a winning combo but the female vocal does err a little to the poppy side. For me, though, it brings back memories of cheesy-but-fun Brummie bassline from a decade ago and makes me smile. Pretty much the same applies also to Falling (Again Boy); the main difference is Falling is a little faster.

Ne’er mind, though, cos the smoother Petria’s House with its plainitive “I miss your love” vocal is far less likely to upset the ‘credibility’ obsessed… particularly when it comes with a dark, sweaty Obsession Dub that could almost be a long-lost Adonis record! It’s this latter rub that’s really earning this EP its place here… but like I said, I quite like the other three as well.

Out: This week

About: Find Smile For A While on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.