Jero Nougues – The Traveler EP

April 12, 2014 in Singles

Jero Nougues The Traveler 5 And DimeTwo tracks in a total of five mixes make up this latest EP from Denver-based 5 And Dime Recordings.

Argentina’s Jero Nougues is the man at the controls. His first original, In My Mind, is a laidback deep house groove with a spoken male “let me tell you why you’re here” vocal atop lush, lazy keys. Fellow Argentinian Nacho Riveros’s remix is quite similar, but has slightly tuffer drums and some wibbly synths that’d make this the pick for afterhours play, while Tom Lown’s rub is the deepest and most stripped-back of the three. Nougues’ other original is 2am, again a fairly mellow cut that chugs along nicely accompanied by crowd noise and whooshy synths, while finally the Portofino Sunrise mix of the same is an even more mellow variation on the same theme.

Nice gentle vibes all round, but it’s Tom’s rub of In My Mind that takes the gold for me here.

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Zuko – Passion EP

January 30, 2014 in Singles

Zuko Passion EP 5 And DimeAnd speaking of proper deep house, seems like a while since we heard from Denver’s 5 And Dime, but they make a very welcome return tonight with this EP from fellow Denverite Zuko.

In its Original form, Passion is actually quite a driving, techy groove with vaguely Italo-sounding synths on top… the hype sheet compares it to Circulation material of yore and I’d say that wasn’t unjustified. But it’s actually the remixes that I’m feeling more personally, as Kaua takes a much more sultry deep house tone while Deeplogic brings the drums further to the fore to create a blissed-out end-of-nighter for weary afterhours floors.

Kaua’s mix takes the gold here for me but the other two will have their time/place too!

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web), and here’s Zuko on Facebook as well.

Kaua – Free Flow EP

September 26, 2013 in Singles

Kaua Free Flow EP 5 And DimeSeems like a little while since Denver’s 5 And Dime made an appearance on TIWWD, but here they are again with some typically fine deep house grooves, coming in this instance from Japanese producer Kaua.

There are two original tracks, plus remixes of each from Stefan Cordery and Zuko. The title cut is, in its original form, a floor-friendly yet still pretty dreamy and laidback affair driven by warm keys, shakers and female vocal snips, while Cordery’s mix is a tad more percussive and Zuko’s features some extra tinkling keys of his own. It’s a similar story on B-side Sinking Slowly, a deep n’ dubby late night cut to start out with, Cordery again beefing up the drums and Zuko again paring things back and then adding some Yellow Magic Orchestra-ish vibes/zylophone/whatever that sound is.

Truth be told both tracks and all six mixes are essentially just variations on a theme – but that just means that if you’re a 5 And Dime fan you should be more than happy with all of ’em.

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

QuiQui – Vlieger EP

July 4, 2013 in Singles

QuiQui Vlieger EP 5 And DimeMeanwhile in Denver, Colorado… 5 And Dime Recordings seldom disappoint, and they don’t here, either.

The Vlieger EP has two tracks in five mixes. In its original form, Vlieger itself is a prog-tinged and fairly lively deep house groove, with sampled spoken male vocals talking about “the realm of the real spirit” and other such new age/self-help nonsense. Alex Amster’s remix is a slower, sparser take that all but abandons the vocal, but its the floaty Phasen & Refurb mix that works best for me, I think – and that’s got ‘Ibiza sundown tune’ written all over it. Ballon, by contrast, is a much more dark, techy n’ driving cut based around a relentless rolling, bass-heavy groove, while M-Capio’s remix is a freaky-deeky tripped-out pass for the afterhours floors.

Very solid underground house bizniss as ever from 5 And Dime.

Out: This week

About: You can find 5 And Dime on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website… or in Denver, Colorado, obviously. You can mostly find QuiQui in Amsterdam and you can mostly find M-Capio in Ireland, or at least I expect you can seeing as that’s where they’re from. Just in case you were wondering.

Tony S – Stupid Little Things

May 28, 2013 in Singles

Tony S Stupid Little Things 5 And DimeIt’s been a little under 18 months since Tony Stevenson first made an appearance on this blog… in that short time, he’s gone on to become one of my current favourite producers/remixers. And this offering for one of my current fave labels, 5 and Dime, doesn’t disappoint one bit.

Deep house with a hefty dose of soul flowing through its veins is the general story here, classic in styling without doing the oh-so-now retro samples thing. Tony’s original is a little more percussive and bumpy, James Dax’s Power Remix a little smoother and more discofied, and the same remixer’s Ninjutsu Remix a little more stripped down and dubbed out. But any one of the three should serve the more discerning floors admirably.

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime here, here and here (Facebook, Soundcloud, web)

Loz Goddard – Headcase EP

April 22, 2013 in Singles

Loz Goddard Headcase EP 5 And Dime RecordingsThree on a very deep tip for ya today, starting with this latest from the ever on-point 5 And Dime.

Manchester’s Loz Goddard is the man at the controls, serving up two originals: A Long While, eight minutes of deep, proggy mellifluousness, and Room 101, which is, er, eight and a HALF minutes of deep, proggy mellifluousness with a spoken vocal (concerning matters environmental, as far as I can make out) drifting in and out of the mix.

Remix-wise, Driftwood and Louis Marr essentially offer variations on a theme for the latter, though Driftwood’s rub just edges it for me, having a slightly darker undercurrent. Anchoret’s remix of A Long While is the standout of the whole package to these ears though, being a more space-y, tripped-out ride altogether.

Out: This week

About: You can find Five And Dime here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web). This is their 20th release, BTW so well done Coloradan chaps.

Nacho Riveros – Messenger EP

March 31, 2013 in Singles

Nacho Riveros Messenger EP 5 And DimeIs it just me, or has it been a little while since Denver-based label 5 And Dime featured on here?

Well, no matter cos they’re here now, with a three-track, four-mix EP of archetypical 5 And Dime tackle: that is to say, melodic, very deep house music of the finest calibre. It’s the lounge-y 7th Avenue that gets the remix treatment, Luv Boutique turning in Deep Pass Remix that beefs up the drums just a smidgeon for the deepest of dancefloors; elsewhere, Level 66 is a smooth n’ sumptuous small hours groover for the more sophisticated floors, sporting what sounds like a snatch of vocal from Strictly classic The Warning, while Messenger itself is an ultra-deep, dubby affair, albeit still with solid 4/4 kicks for dancefloor appeal.

Quality stuff as ever, from one of the finest labels for proper deep house around right now.

Out: This week

About: 5 And Dime can found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Mike De Costa – Last Breath EP

October 4, 2012 in Singles

Mike De Costa Last Breath EP 5 And Dime

And speaking of labels who are so consistently good that I suspect them of doing it purely to annoy me, here’s those infuriatingly ruddy dependable 5 And Dime blighters out of the USA’s highest city, Denver (which is in Colorado).

I went to Denver (which is in Colorado) once, but I was only 9. All I remember is that it’s the USA’s highest city. As in above sea level, I mean. Not that they have the best chronic or anything. I haven’t been there since I was 9, how the fuck would I know?

Anyway yeah, more deep house music here. Three tracks in five mixes, ranging from the Loft-flavoured percussion groove of the title track to the live-sounding jazz-funkitude of the Rubberlips Remix of Rise to the psychoactive, tech-tinged throb of the Pleasurewave rub of Time, and if you play them to the right group of people, jigging about may well ensue.

Out: This week

About: 5 And Dime blah blah Denver blah blah but none of them are called John blah blah Soundcloud blah blah Facebook blah blah website stop.

Phasen & Refurb – Market Street EP

September 1, 2012 in Singles

Phasen & Refurb Market Street EP 5 And Dime

I’ve waxed lyrical about 5 And Dime Recordings on many an occasion, I know, but this – this could actually be their best yet.

Coming from a Florida-based duo I’ve not come across before, Phasen & Refurb, the three tracks/five mixes here all operate in fairly similar territory but omigosh do they do it well. Think the very deepest, dreamiest, dubbiest, most sumptuous of house music yet – crucially – with enough bite in its beat and enough beat-beat-beat in its bones-bones-bones to work on the dancefloor just as well as the sofa. In fact, it’s all just generally so 100% goddamn spot-on groovalicious that short of pointing out the two additional remixes come from label regular Loz Goddard and perennial TIWWD faves Karol XVII & MB Valence, I’m not even going to tell you any more.

I’m just gonna tell you that if you consider yourself a deep house lover, you NEED this record.

Out: This week

About: You can find 5 And Dime on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Full Circle EP

July 31, 2012 in Singles

Various Full Circle EP 5 And Dime

A five-track EP of deep grooviness here from the ever-reliable 5 And Dime stable. Actually, I say five-track but now I come to look it seems only three have downloaded – don’t remember that happening.  I’ll just have to tell you about the three I’ve got…

So, Quin’s You Are It is a dark, moody, slow-paced affair in its Ben A Remix form, a track that owes as much to deep techno as it does to deep house. The same track, as remixed by Maxim Laskavy & Derek Turcios, becomes a dubbed-out deep house workout bordering on chill-out territory, while finally (for me) label stalwart Zach DeVincent’s Cabrillo Hwy is a somewhat more uptempo number, but still one aimed fair and square at lovers of the deep… especially lovers of the ‘deep with a little bit of prog around the edges’.

Obviously I can’t tell you what the other two are like but on the evidence of these three tracks, plus the fact that this fledgling label really haven’t put a foot wrong so far, you’re unlikely to be disappointed!

Out: This week

About: You can find 5 And Dime at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud.