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

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis – Being Apart [Remixes]

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis Being Apart Limitation MusicHeading into seriously deep waters now with this latest offering from Romania’s ever-checkable Limitation Music, which features rerubs of a track first featured on Katelanos’s That Jazz Thing EP.

Four mixes of Being Apart to choose from, and every one a cracker. The Original marries a phat but understated bassline to delicate, high-end percussion, then tops both with jazzy piano, space-y synth washes and the merest hint of fem vox, the end result being a melodic, meandering late-night jam that’d work on the dancefloor or the headphones alike. Label stalwart Addex’s remix is dubbier and more laidback, Christopher Kardek’s has a blissier, more Balearic feel while Savvas tuffens up the drums just half a notch while simultaneously dropping the tempo slightly.

But truth be told, the differences are pretty minor – Being Apart is a top-drawer deep house cut whichever way you spin it.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Limitation Music herehere and here.

Addex – Citizen Break EP

January 24, 2016 in Singles

Addex Citizen Break EP Limitation MusicI generally like to sign off on a Sunday night with something seriously deep and mellow*. And if deep and mellow’s what you’re looking for, you’ll certainly find it on this three-tracker from Romania’s Limitation Music.

Citizen Break itself is up first, a smooth, late-night concoction of gentle, understated 4/4s, long sweeping pads, wistful guitar flecks and a bassline that’s one-part dub to one-part classic Chi-town deep. That’s followed by Exhale, Relax which opts for slightly heavier kicks and a more out-and-out dubwise b-line, pairing them with haunting female vocal fragments and delicate synth washes. And then finally there’s Rotation Mode with its shuffling, near-bruk beats, another dubby b-line, subaquatic sounds and more of those fragile, crystalline synths/FX.

“House music for floatation tanks,” some may sneer. If so, then excuse me while I go grab my trunks.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 1 Feb.

About: You can find Limitation Music herehere and here.

*This doesn’t always work/happen, admittedly.

Addex – Kultural/Alabama Slammer [Remixes]

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural Remixes Limitation MusicWe kick off in deep house territory tonight with this three-track EP from Romanian producer Addex, coming on Bucharest’s Limitation Music label.

What’s on offer – as the title subtly suggests! – are new mixes of tracks from the previously released Kultural EP. First we get a Dub of Kultural itself, quite a laidback affair that’d work in warm-up sets or for post-club/Sunday afternoon listening. Then we head off to the dancefloor in the company of Santiago Santamaria, who brings us a gorgeous unhurried, deep garage-tinged rub of Alabama Slammer, before Distant Relatives JHB’s rub of Kultural plays us out on a dreamy, late-night note.

All good stuff here, but it’s Santamaria’s mix of Alabama Slammer that’s the killer.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 7 December

About: This is only release number 19 from Limitation Music, who you can find here, here and here.

Rishi K – Alone Again

June 21, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Alone Again EDM UndergroundA RIDICULOUSLY good EP from our old friend Rishi here!

Four mixes of Alone Again to choose from, and not a duff cut in sight. The original’s a deceptively lively and frankly gorgeous deep houser with sweeping pads, an “every time… hold my hand” female vocal sample that loops just enough throughout and a nagging little top-end synth hook. Addex brings us a more stripped-down n’ dubby mix for later floors, Kiano & Below Bangkok’s Dub Mix is more of a sofa-surfer and then finally Hungary’s Specdub adds some light proggy tinges.

And like I said, all four mixes are very cool indeed. So much so that I’m not picking a fave – I’m just gonna tell you that you need to buy this record immediately.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 29 June

About: This comes to you on EDM Underground, part of Greece’s Elektrik Dreams Music stable. Find ’em here, here and here.

Addex – Kultural EP

June 19, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural EP Limitation MusicMore quality deep house goodness on this four-tracker from Addex, coming on Romania’s Limitation Music.

Alabama Slammer is up first, a very deep affair with a bassline like a jovial mammoth lolloping jauntily across the steppes and a sound palette that veers towards deep, dubby techno. Kultural itself is a tad more upbeat, with another hefty b-line vying for your attention with sampled crowd noise, garage-y vocal snips and some nice squelchy synths. Layers Of Dawn has the slightly wonky feel you associate with the early work of one Mr K Chandler, while completing the package is Lowfit, a cocktail of heavy but muted beats and luxuriant atmospherics that would have fitted right in on Strobe Records back in the early 90s – and that’s a huge compliment in my books.

Proper deep house shiznit, yagetmi?! Acquire.

Out: This week

About: Limitation Music can be found here, here and here. This is the label’s 14th release.

Roby Deep – Going Under

June 14, 2015 in Singles

Roby Deep Going Under Submarine VibesFour mixes to choose from on this latest from ever-checkable Bosnian imprint Submarine Vibes.

In its Original form, Going Under has muted kicks, scratchy top-end percussion, distorted male vox and what sounds like a warped trombone sample. It’s probably most easily lumped into the ‘deep techno’ category but really its druggy, dubby vibes should appeal to lovers of the deep from across the house/techno spectrum. Addex uses a different, quite poetic spoken male vocal on his smoother, housier rub, while the Chrono Remix is a nice understated tech-house groover and finally Dustin Nantais serves up a lolloping, late-night deep house take.

Nantais and Addex share top honours for me, perhaps unsurprisingly, but the whole EP’s something of a headnodder’s delight.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Marco Grandi – With You EP

April 24, 2015 in Singles

Marco Grandi With You Limitation MusicSome lavish, soul-infused deep house grooves to kick us off tonight courtesy of Romania’s Limitation Music.

With You itself is up first, a midtempo, dubwise affair with layered synth atmospherics and a dreamy female “I need your love” vocal. Lost is an even more languid, late-night deep groove with a vocal that sounds a little like Roisin Murphy at her most ethereal and some killer garage keys, while finally Saigon is another garage-inflected beauty, but this time with more of an eye on the dancefloor.

Outstanding work all round – go seek.

Out: This week as an ‘exclusive’ (to somewhere, it doesn’t say), general release from 4 May

About: You can find Limitation Music (which is Addex’s label BTW) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sasha Kaktus & Fake Mood – Olovo

July 27, 2014 in Singles

Sasha Kaktus & Fake Mood Olovo Deep Site SpaceWe kick off on a (very) deep house tip tonight with this latest from Croatia’s ever-checkable Deep Site Space.

Four mixes of Olovo to choose from. The original’s a dreamy, late-night drifter, with pads that just don’t stop, gorgeously crisp percussion and a fat n’ squelchy bassline. None of the remixes – from Addex Remix, Kiano & Below and Martijn – do anything hugely different, if I’m being honest, but if pushed I’d pick Addex’s stripped-down pass with its added vocal snips as a fave, with a special mention also for Martijn’s because it gets a little bit livelier as it goes on, offering the DJ a route into different pastures.

But truth be told, all four rubs are very, very fine. Go seek!

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Space on Facebook.

Addex – Reshape

July 18, 2014 in Albums

Addex Reshape Ready Mix RecordsRomanian producer Addex releases his third album proper (not counting ‘… Remixed’ offerings) under that name, and by my reckoning the fifth of his career (he’s done two more downtempo long-players under his Openzone Bar alias that I know of, but there could easily be other albums I don’t know about).

How Reshape compares to Addex’s earlier output, I sadly can’t tell you. I can tell you, though, that if it’s laidback, late-night deep house grooves you’re after then you won’t go wrong with this. Opening with the plainitive, Knopfler-esque geetar that marks out tranquil opener Envision, across its 16 tracks the album takes in blissed-out, dub-tinged grooves (eg: Riverside), System 7-ish ‘ambient house’ (eg: Hope And Sorrow), moody deep techno (eg: The Shift), and LOTS of floaty, ethereal deep house (eg: Megastructure).

There are even one or two tracks you could dance to (eg: Living Louder). But by and large this is an album best appreciated as you become one with the sofa – whether after a night’s hard partying or just the daily grind.

Out: This week, on Beatport; everywhere else from 3 August.

About: Reshape is brought to you by the ever on-point Ready Mix Records, who live here and here.

PS: Just the one review tonight, because said daily grind has taken its toll big-time. But stay tuned cos there’s a ton of good stuff lined up for the weekend!