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.

Max Chapman – You Just Won’t EP

April 23, 2016 in Singles

Max Chapman You Just Wont Lost RecordsSome fine chunky, funky tech-house grooves here, from a man who’s more than a little adept at such.

You Just Won’t itself fuses vintage Chi-town beats with a surging, filtered b-line that’s bang up-to-date, topping both with a male voice saying “you just won’t get it” over and over. Luca Cazal then goes into full-on nostalgia mode on his remix, applying the vocal far more sparingly while swapping out the b-line for a 303-ish one to match the drums. Both are cool, but Move Back is even better, whether you opt for the sleazy throb of the Original with its hip-house vocal or the harder-slammin’ Electric Youth Remix.

Yet to hear anything sub-par from Chapman, and this is another surefire floorburner from the lad.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Lost Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Mariusz Kryska – Acid Talks EP

December 20, 2015 in Singles

Mariusz Kryska Acid Talks EP Svogue MuziqA three-track EP here from Spain’s Svogue Muziq.

The aptly named Acid Talks itself rides a squelchin’ 303 bassline and driving 4/4s with frantically shufflin’ hi-hats and a spoken, treated “we’re the freaks… we’re the freaks… the contribution of what you do is so different” vocal. Dumb Shaker is a more now-sounding, struttin’ tech-houser that nonetheless sports some horror movie-style synths that hark back to 80s electro, while completing the EP is Phrase, a deeper, darker house jam to take you into the wee small hours…

Good stuff all round but Acid Talks takes the gold, with Phrase not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Svoque Muziq on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Hauswerks – The Sound Scientist EP

December 1, 2015 in Singles

Hauswerks The Sound Scientist Resonance RecordsSome excellent techy house grooves on this four-track EP from Ibiza-based Brit Hauswerks, which is brought to you by London’s Resonance Records.

The Sound Scientist itself opens proceedings, quite a lively houser by today’s standards with several different spoken vocal samples (“the sound scientist”, “now we’re going to take a trip” and “it’s groovy, I guess”) doing battle atop toppy percussion, a throbbing bassline and psychedelic FX. Groove Lab follows, a simple jackin’, er, groove topped with cut-up disco vox. The slightly more hip-swayin’ Everyone then continues the general ‘getting down n’ dirty at 3am’ theme before Detlef’s remix of the title track takes us an a nostalgic trip back to the acid daze of yore…

All good but Detlef’s mix stands out for yours truly, closely followed by Everyone.

Out: This week

About: Find Resonance Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Mystic Bill – U Won’t C Me EP

November 13, 2015 in Singles

Mystic Bill U Won't C Me EP Strictly RhythmUS veteran William Torres AKA Mystic Bill serves up some defiantly old-skool house sounds for Strictly Rhythm.

U Won’t C Me, indeed, could have come straight from late 80s Chicago with its stuttering 909 drums, analogue synths and throbbing 303 bassline, all topped with a spoken/rapped vocal – as so many of those early Chi-town cuts were.  It’s accompanied by an acapella for more creative types, while the spooky, dramatic Like A Dream In The Night completes the package and calls to mind classic cuts like Le Noiz’s I’m Scared.

In fact, only contemporary (ie, much better) production values would give you any indication, sonically, that this wasn’t a long-lost Trax or DJ International release. That’s a good thing not a grumble, BTW!

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm herehere and here.

So many tunes, so little time

October 5, 2015 in Singles

Due to me being ill this week, there were lots of things I wanted to blog about but didn’t get time to. So here’s just a quick round-up now…

Arnold From Mumbai Sonic Excursions EP Soupherb RecordsArnold From Mumbai – Sonic Excursions EP
We start off in deep, dark and groovy techno territory with this six-track EP from Arnold From Mumbai, which is brought to you by New Delhi-based label Soupherb Records. If you like your tech beats lo-slung and sleazy, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, with Domination a particular standout to these ears.
Out: This week

Tim Andresen Running Around In Circles Savoir Faire MusiqueTim Andresen – Running Around In Circles
My man Tim comes to the ever-checkable Savoir Faire Musique here. His original version of Running Around In Circles is an unhurried, melodic near-instrumental that should work on a range of house floors, but my money’s actually on the B-side’s Angelo Ferreri Remix, which plumps for slightly tuffer beats and a nice squelchy synth riff all of its own.
Out: This week

Martin Waslewski Gerd EP Mother RecordingsMartin Waslewski – Gerd EP
I’ve not come across Martin Waslewski before, and I don’t think the label, Germany’s Mother Recordings, have featured on TIWWD before either. If everything they do is as good as this, though, then I’m very pleased to make both their acquaintance! Gerd itself is a very cool, jazzy affair with rolling drums and some splendid piano and geetar licks, while the B’s Never Leave You is a more straight-up houser topped with Stingily-esque falsetto vox.
Out: This week

Roni Kush Robot Noize Foreign Language RecordsRoni Kush – Robot Noize
Ministry’s Ibiza resident Roni Kush serves up some dark, sleazy house bizniss for newbie Leeds label Foreign Language Records that blend tech, disco and acid influences. Loses a point for the slightly dodgy spoken female vocal (“deep in the discoteca, these beats can make you wetter”), but gains lots for the out-and-out retro acid house vibes of the excellent Scurrilous Remix, which to these ears is easily the standout of the three rubs on offer.
Out: This week

JM The Blank Page Foreign Languag RecordsJM – The Blank Page EP
Contemporary bass-house/UKG vibes in XXL are the order of the day on this offering from French label Carton Pate Records (AKA CP Rec), which was sent to me in two parts (originals, then remixes) but I think now being released as one EP. New rubs from Tru Fonix, Jay Robinson, Nina Wilde & Abeyance and Spoils should broaden the appeal but the killer’s still Careless, an immense, dark slab of contemporary speed garage to die for.
Out: This week

S’Express – Excursions EP

September 12, 2015 in Singles

S'Express Excursions EP Needle Boss RecordsIn which a clutch of S’Express classics get the 2015 remix treatment on main man Mark Moore’s new label Needle Boss Records.

Naturally enough Theme From S’Express is up first, presented in two mixes: a sleazy, throbbing disco-acid rework by Supermen Lovers that’s bound to raise a few smiles when it dawns on dancers what it actually is, and a mix from Vanilla Ace that’s a touch more faithful to the original. Elsewhere, Punks Jump Up take on Hey Music Lover and infuse it with rave-y keys, while I-Robots turn in a tripped-out punk-funk rub of Funky Killer.

The latter doesn’t work quite so well to these ears but the rest are definitely worth checking – Supermen Lovers’ contribution especially. And if you dig these rubs, then the good news is there’s a whole album’s worth entitled Enjoy This Trip coming soon…

Out: It just says ‘September’ so, y’know, now-ish

About: Can’t seem to find a website/social media page for Needle Boss, but here’s a DMC interview with Mr Moore talking about the project and here’s his Facebook as well.

Ed Nine & Bai-ee – Heavy House EP

September 12, 2015 in Singles

Ed Nine Bai-ee Heavy House audioJazz MusicVarious flavas of classic-style house/garage grooves on this split EP from Chicago-based audioJazz Music.

Ed Nine is up first with Nothing Technical, a slice of raw NJ garage at its best, with jazzy piano chords underpinned by ruff, ruggged beats. Bai-ee’s Palease (sic) follows, another deep, garage-leaning cut with a fat bassline, female “woohs” and a blissy, 5am kinda feel overall. Ed Nine’s 33 seems to have a ‘0’ missing, being a nice squelchy slice of retro acid, while completing the package is Bai-ee’s Lookin, a slightly more contemporary-style cut that marries a dark, throbbing bassline to old-skool organ chords and cut-up fem vox.

Wicked stuff all round but if pushed Nothing Technical just nudges it, I think.

Out: This week

About: You can find audioJazz Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – No 249 EP

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Various No 249 EP Street KingAnother long-running EP series gets an update here… in this case, the ‘number’ series of EPs from King Street sub-label Street King.

There’s quite a lot of variety on offer with this latest installment. Dennis Ferrer gets the ball rolling by showing us his dark, techy, acidic side with Destination (as remixed by Reblok). Le Visiteur’s In My Soul follows, a 2015-style peaktime affair with its throbbing bass and R&B-ish vox. Miss & Trop then give us Inanimate, a more trad-style, garage-leaning deep houser, which is followed by the rolling, funk-heavy tech-house of Sydney & Luca Barbieri’s Zingarella. Twisted Moon’s Other Site sees us back in current-sounding main room territory (but, y’know… in a good way!) and then finally there’s the Pavel Petrov Remix of Vijay & Sofia Zlatko’s Hypnotic to play us out in stuttered, disco-tinged style, starting out nice n’ deep then getting darker and more twisted as the track progresses.

With tracks to suit a range of house tastes coming from a mix of new and established names, this is well worth checking for yourself.

Out: This week

About: Find Street King and the rest of the King Street family here, here and here.

Luke Solomon ft Nick Mauer – Re-Flex Part 1

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Luke Solomon Re-Flex Part_1 Classic Music CompanyIn which three recent Luke Solomon productions are handed over to a trio of remixers, with superb results.

First up is Jordan’s remix of The Acid Games, a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin affair with lots of squelchy 303 bass and a chanted “the rules are, there are no rules, there are no rules, there are no rules” vocal. Body Movement, as remixed by Denny, is a lo-slung n’ sleazy house groove propelled by a notice-me bassline and topped with more acieeeeeed squiggles and rap-style vocal snips. And then finally there’s Dance Electric, remixed by Borrowed Identity, which rocks an almost speed garage-like bassline, mucho use of the filters n’ flangers and the occasional “dance!” vocal exhortation.

Long story short? Proper shit-kickin’ house music from a veteran of the UK scene and a handful of young upstarts. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you of course by Solomon’s own (well, his and Derrick Carter’s) Classic Music Company. Find ’em dwelling in cyberspace here, here and here.