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.

Various – Guilty Birds EP

March 17, 2012 in Singles

More seriously deep goodness here from Denver’s 5 And Dime Recordings. Once again, it’s a V/A EP featuring the usual label suspects: F Stop, ben A, Mateous and Zach DeVincent.

ben A is up first with Signals, a driftaway late-night groover sporting analogue synth washes, birdcalls and sampled NASA Mission Control dialogue. Next, F Stop’s Luna is an ominous slab of deep techno with a huge fat bassline, coming complete with a more ambient-leaning Omar Fayyed remix (there are beats though, so it’s not an entirely ambient affair).
Detour from Mateous is the standout track of the EP for me, another late-night house groove with an obscenely large bottom end, and then Zach DeVincent closes the EP on a dancefloor high with Close To Me, a heads-down tech-house chugger with proggy overtones and a breathy female voice inviting you to do what the title says.
Out: This week
About: This is number five from 5 And Dime, and every one has been a winner so far – if you like it deeper than deep, this is a label you need to be checking for right now. Here’s their website, Facebook and Soundcloud, so you can do just that.

Various – Now Departing: 5D004

February 25, 2012 in Singles

Now let’s go from deep to deeper, with another new offering from some of the most promising new kids on the house block, 5 And Dime Recordings. Once again, it’s a V/A affair featuring F Stop, Zach De Vincent and Quin.

F Stop’s Sense Of Perspective is like an object lesson in how to do deep n’ dubby house music properly, so much so that this could equally appeal to lovers of deep techno or future garage. Ain’t a whole lot going on but crisp, insistent beats, lashings of bass, dubbed-out sub-aquatic FX and some meandering Mr Fingers-esque synths… but if that isn’t enough to satisfy then you might just be reading the wrong blog.
ZdV’s Walking On Down is a more upbeat, more obviously dancefloor-oriented affair, with a PHAT n’ funky b-line, disembodied and heavily effected ‘aahs’ by way of a vocal and, again, not a huge amount else! And finally Quin’s Everything Is Alright works pounding kicks, Afro-esque but non-noodlesome hand percussion and another full-phat bassline, and tops it all off with some soaring, dare I say even euphoric synths.
The latter’s the one that could find its way into the sets of a broader variety of jocks – it’s just a good groove that’s packed with sunshine and smiles – while the first two are more your ‘connoisseurs only’ tackle… but that’s a good thing. Proper deepness for those that know.
Out: This week
About: Only four releases in and Denver-based 5 And Dime is already rapidly establishing itself as one of the hottest labels to watch… in my humble opinion of course. Here’s their website, Soundcloud and Facebook, if you wanna know why!

Various – Morally Casual EP

December 23, 2011 in Singles

Some really nice deep/tech house vibes on this v/a EP from 5 And Dime Records.

The three tracks are Under Water by Zach De Vincent, Quadratic Souls by Wyatt Earp & ben A, and Transitional Period by Mateous. And, to be honest, I haven’t got huge amounts to say about any of them, but all three are quality instrumental grooves that’ll suit warm-up sets or post-club sessions to a T.
This is only the second release from this label so take time to check ’em out, people! You won’t be disappointed, this is very cool stuff indeed.
Out: This week
About: 5 And Dime are based, like a lot of people these days it seems, in Denver, Colorado. Find out more at their website and Facebook page.