Roby Deep – Road To The Unknown

May 16, 2016 in Singles

Roby Deep Road To The Unknown Submarine VibesAnother European label who always come up with the deeper goods are Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes, and they don’t disappoint with this single from Slovenia’s Roby Deep.

One thing I like about Submarine Vibes is that you never know quite what particular shade of deepness you’re going to get. In the case of Road To The Unknown in its original form, we’re headed off to that place where deep house, prog and chill-out intertwine. The Yarosslav Remix opts for much more obviously danceable beats, but then confuses with a minute-long beatless breakdown, after which a hypnotic, vaguely Underworld-y half-sung/half-spoken male vocal loop joins the party.

The standout for yours truly, though, is the throbbing, dubby Hibrid Remix – sheer late-night driftaway deep house bliss…

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes herehere and here.

Lucio Agustin – Buzios EP

May 15, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Buzios EP dub.sphereThree quality deep tech cuts here from capital-letters-hating German label dub.sphere.

Buzios itself is probably the most floor-friendly of the three, bringing simple 4/4s, a slinky dub bassline and reverberating FX, all topped with a woman’s voice saying either “protection” or “tension” (can’t work out which). Rosario, which follows, is in a similar vein but with glitchy, minimal-leaning sounds while finally Hurlingham tones down the minimal influences and turns up the dubwise stylings.

The latter’s my pick but these are fine head-noddin’ grooves all round.

Out: This week

About: Find dub.sphere herehere and here.

David Grant – Crookies

May 15, 2016 in Singles

David Grant Crookies 18-09 RecordsI did say tonight’s selection was gonna be ‘up’… though billed as tech-house on the hype sheet, this single-track release from Scottish label 18-09 Records is as close to slammin’ techno as TIWWD ever gets! Still good, though.

The key here is that, while Crookies may sport fierce synths straight out of the darkest corners of 1992 rave, and while those synths may build into a full-on acid assault as the track progresses, the BPM count is kept to a sensible 123 and the jaunty bassline that accompanies them has plenty of roll in its hips. The result is a track that’ll do damage on tech-house, techno and tuffer house floors alike.

Out: This week

About: You can find 18-09 Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

John Randle – Walk With Me EP

May 14, 2016 in Singles

John Randle Walk With Me EP Carton-Pâte RecordsA three-track, four-mix EP of tech/bass house goodness here from France’s ever-checkable Carton-Pâte Records.

Walk With Me itself is up first, which is aptly named as it centres around a LARGE, twangy walking bassline which it marries to whooshy reversed synths, otherwordly Theremin-like sounds and female vocal cut-ups. Unorthodox, which follows, is a pacier affair with cleaner, crisper 4/4s, martial arts movie dialogue and another big bass riff placed front and centre. Completing the EP are two mixes of You’ve Got It, which sees plenty more big-bass action. The original’s a stripped-back affair with something of a Detroit house (yes, Detroit house) feel, nostalgic rave-y synth stabs (think Mentasm or Dominator) that are applied quite sparingly and a looping “Good for you, I’m no good for you” vocal, while the Ben Mono Remix takes us into slightly deeper territory.

All good but if pushed the title track nudges it, with the original of You’ve Got It not far behind.

Out: This week

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

youANDme – PPPPP

May 14, 2016 in Singles

youANDme PPPPP RCRIt’s Saturday night, people! So gonna keep things fairly ‘up’ tonight, starting with this latest offering from Berlin duo youANDme, which also happens to be the very first release on RCR, a brand new vinyl-only offshoot of Paul Loraine’s Rhythm Cult.

Three mixes of PPPPP to choose from. In its original Diva Mix form, it’s best filed under ‘simple but effective’, as chunks of Loleatta’s Love Sensation vocal are placed atop rolling tech-house beats and a nagging, scraping synth riff that’s got something of a Wild Pitch feel. The accompanying instrumental’s less convincing, TBH – the backing track is quite repetitive, and it’s the vocal that really carries it on the original. But never mind cos there’s also the Drunken Diva Mix, which manages not to deviate too far from the original yet still somehow infuse the track with a loping, dubby feel. As in proper (reggae) dub, not just as in there’s no vocal and they’ve toned the synths down a bit…

Do like the Diva Mix but for sheer ‘not sounding like any other remix I’ve heard lately’-ness it has to be the Drunken Diva Mix that takes the gold here.

Out: This week

About: You can find the Rhythm Cult label family on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield – Focus Pt 1

May 9, 2016 in Singles

Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield Focus Limitation MusicSome seriously deep house grooves to play us out tonight courtesy of Romania’s excellent Limitation Music.

The original of Focus appeared on the label’s Selection Box 2 compilation; what we have here is the first of two remix EPs. In Dee Mac’s hands, Focus is a delicate n’ dreamy cut with a sweet, soulful “My nerves are starting to get to me… but I’ll try to focus” female vocal from Ms Hatfield* and some luvverly piano chords, while Forteba brings us a dubbier pass with slightly tuffer drums. The Addex Remix treads similar ground to Dee Mac, but with less emphasis on the vocal and more on the warm, resonant bass and lingering pads, while finally the Addex Space Out mix sees the Romanian producer taking us into flotation tank territory.

Addex definitely takes the gold here – I just keep changing my mind which mix he takes it with!

Out: This week

About: You can find Bucharest-based Limitation Music herehere and here.

*Quite a Lisa Shaw-ish vocal, actually, which is high praise from this reviewer

Paul Moore – Hollow Inside

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Paul Moore Hollow Inside LucidflowTypically fine deep/dub techno shenanigans here from Klartraum’s Lucidflow label.

In its Original form, Hollow Inside itself is a sparse, minimal-leaning affair with lingering chords, fragments of female vocal and, if I’m not mistaken, some wood-block percussion. S’cool, but label boss Nadja Lind’s tuffer, lightly prog-tinged refix is probably the better bet for dancefloor play.

There are then three more tracks to choose from. Lightflow is a smooth, late-night headnodder with barely-there crowd/party noise and warm synth washes, while Out Of Focus is decent but fairly par-for-the-course stripped, twitchy fare. The standout of the whole EP for yours truly, though, is Evolve, which treads similar ground to Lightflow but turns the dial marked ‘dubwise’ up several notches.

Classy stuff as ever from the German stable.

Out: This week

About: You really should know where to find Lucidflow by now, but just in case, here they are on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

u z z v – Misunderstanding EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

u z z v Minunderstanding EP Innocent MusicMoving properly into the Sunday night deep zone now, we have this minimal five-tracker from Innocent Music.

Misunderstanding itself, in its Original form, is a chunky but unhurried cut sitting right on the tech-house/minimal cusp and sporting a spoken, downpitched “I hope you will understand” psychobabble vocal. The Markel Remix busies up the percussion a little and adds layers of atmospherics, but it’s the stripped n’ dubby Jesus Soblechero rub that’s floating my boat the most. You also get two mixes of Falling Down to play with. The original’s a twitchy-glitchy affair, quite pacey for the style and with hefty bass, while Enzo Leep’s Tanzania Mix opts again for slightly more intricate percussion.

Out: This week

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

Digipulation – FLTR EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Digipulation FLTR EP Family GroovesAn energetic tech-house three-tracker here from Croatia’s ever-checkable Family Grooves.

FLTR itself is up first, which is quite dark n’ pounding in the drums department but actually quite shimmery and disco-y on top, with much use of filters – as the title implies. Rising is even more discofied and very summery, with “house music!” vocal stabs and some gorgeous tinkling ivories.

But good as both of those are, the standout for me here is Boing, which is an absolute MONSTER of a tune centred around a big, dark speed garage bassline – I’m quite fond of them, y’know – and sporting sampled reggae vox buried deep in the mix.

Out: This week

About: Find Family Grooves herehere and here.

Waifs & Strays – Fire In Me EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Waifs & Strays Fire In Me EP LovecrimesThe very first release on a brand new label here: say hello, everyone, to Lovecrimes, which has just been set up by Amos Nelson (better known as Waifs & Strays) and partner-in-crime ITchy Rich.

Nelson himself is at the controls for the label’s debut offering, serving up two original cuts. Fire In Me itself is a now-sounding bassy houser with a full female vocal that’s a bit poppy but steers just the right side of the line, while C’mon ploughs a similar musical furrow but with bigger bass and, by way of vocal, just a man’s voice saying “c’mon” over and over. Remix-wise, Death On The Balcony’s rub of the title track downpitches the vocal in places and has more of a trippy, 4am kinda feel overall, but the pick for me is the Instradub Mix, which ditches the vocal entirely and lets that menacing b-line come to the fore.

Out: 6 May

About: You can find Lovecrimes… er, no, you can’t actually. Or I can’t, so here’s Waifs & Strays on Soundcloud instead.