Various – Ain’t No Wall High Enough

March 23, 2015 in Albums

Ain't No Wall High Enough Brique RougeKey players in the early days of tech-house back in the late 90s/early 00s, David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint relaunched back in the summer. Since then, they’ve pursued a ‘quality over quantity’ agenda so their release schedule hasn’t exactly been hectic, but here as they reach the 100th release milestone we see them stepping up a gear with the release of this 12-track sampler, available digitally or on three separate coloured 12-inches.

Brique Rouge always catered for both the house and the techno sides of the tech-house camp and so it is here… as such, one or two of the more pounding techno cuts are a little too much for these ears. But no matter, for there are many housier delights on offer too, from a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Highlights for me include the Raw District Remix of D’Julz’s Fast Forward with its instant earworm of a three-note bass-synth riff and looping, distorted male vocal, Kike Henriquez’s Activation Things with its vintage Chi-town style drums, Duriez & Manuel-M’s somewhat Ultra Flava-ish Unreasonable Feelings and Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s The Show with its sampled movie dialogue (from Night Catches Us if I’m not mistaken, thanks Google!), fat hip-swayin’ bassline and killer organ chords. But as ever with a comp like this, you’d be well advised to dive in and explore for yourself…

Out: Now (only last week but playing catch-up tonight, fairly predictably for a Monday)

About: Find Brique Rouge here, here and here.

Jack Fell Down – Bump 2 Bump EP

October 27, 2013 in Singles

Jack Fell Down Bump 2 Bump Dabit RecordsSome truly outstanding stuff now from Jack Fell Down, AKA the UK-based duo of James Vickers and Tony Craig.

The clue’s in the title, as messrs Vickers and Craig serve up some SERIOUSLY bumpin’, garage-flavoured vibes. Bump 2 Bump itself, with its parping organs, full-phat bassline and “come on dance with me” female vocal, operates in the kind of deep house/deep NJ garage crossover zone that DiY once made their own, while Accatone’s Reachin’ Out Dub is a sparse, skippy back-to-95 delight. I Say likewise has more than a hint of early UK/speed garage about it, and then finally Urulu’s Warehouse Dub of the same spaces things out nicely for the late floors.

Miss this one at your peril…

Out: This week

About: This is number five from Milan, Italy’s Dabit Records – here’s the usual Facebook Soundcloud and web links.