Ariane Blank & Albena Flores – Feel The Light/Uncolored

May 5, 2016 in Singles

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores Feel The Light Shoes Bags & BoysGloriously deep house vibes on this two-tracker from Germany’s ever-checkable Shoes Bags & Boys.

On the A, Feel The Light is an unhurried, dubby affair with rolling beats, resonant piano chords and just a hint of minimal glitch. Flip it over, and Uncolored is a smoother deep house ride built to accompany you on your travels as you drift off into inner space…

Not picking a fave here cos I’m loving both!

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Boys At SBB Vol 10

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Boys At SBB Vol 10 Shoes Bags & BoysGermany’s ever-excellent Shoes Bags & Boys present a 10th installment in their Boys At… EP series here, and a very fine addition to the series it is too.

We start off in very deep, dubby house/techno territory, as label bosses Ariane Blank & Albena Flores’ Sisters and Time To Waste get remixed by Juan Lombardo and Mauro Basso, respectively. Blank’s own Brain Out Idea as remixed by Leo Lang is a tropical-rhythm’d deep houser that’d work in the warm-up or for late-night, post-club play equally well, while Mikrohouse.net’s take on Tulia sits more firmly under the deep techno/minimal umbrella, as does Tim Englehart’s take on ChixUnighted’s Blue Rumours. As the EP draws to a close, we then veer into throbbing, prog-tinged pastures with Rishi K’s rub of ChixUnighted’s Peaceful World and Abu Bayar’s remix of En Da Lu by Stiva Carlberg, before ending on a smoother note with the Ben Ankes Remix of Like Me, again by Ms Carlberg.

Extremely classy stuff all round… then again from SBB we expect no less! It would appear to be the label’s 50th release as well, so congratulations to them on reaching that landmark, and here’s to much more to come…

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores – Turbulent World

May 11, 2015 in Singles

Ariane Blank Albena Flores Turbulent Times DropsTypically fine fare from the Shoes Bags & Boys bosses here, albeit this comes not on their own label but on Miami’s Drops.

Three mixes of Turbulent World to choose from. The original is a lolloping, midtempo dubby groove that’ll appeal to lovers of deep house and deep techno/minimal in equal measure. The Loudbass Remix is even smokier and dubbier while beefing up the beats a notch, while the Torin Lawson Remix ups the pace a smidgeon, taking us into more clear-cut ‘dub techno’ territory, while adding some snatches of spoken female vocal and tinkling ivories.

Liking all three but if pushed I think Loudbass just nudges it, with the Original not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Drops, which is part of the Liquid Music stable, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Boys At SBB Vol 9

December 27, 2014 in Singles

Boys at SBB Vol 9 Shoes, Bags & BoysAnother V/A offering from another very dependable label – in this case, Ariane Blank and Albena Flores’s Shoes, Bags & Boys, who here have let five possessors of Y chromosomes apply their remix skills to five tracks by SBB’s stable of strictly XX artists.

Don’t really have time to dig out the orginals for comparison right now, but Leo Lang’s take on Albena Flores’s Sparkling Dreams is a contemplative, midtempo affair, while Mikrohouse.net’s remix of Ariane Blank’s Tinkle Time operates in similar territory. Abu Bayer serves up a deliciously languid and dubby refix of ChixUnighted’s Sunshine Waltz, and then finally not one but two Indiro Boka tracks get the remix treatment, Not My Day becoming in Deep Spelle’s hands a moody, lolloping deep house groove topped with Radiophonic Workshop-esque synth wibbles, while Krummstoff’s Purple Dub of Pinky Clouds is a stripped-back gem featuring tribal-leaning percussion and some understated old-skool pianos.

All told, this is classy, forward-thinking stuff that will appeal to those who like their house on the more spacey/cerebral side, with Sunshine Waltz and Not My Day just nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Albena Flores & Idira Boka – Solo

February 17, 2014 in Singles

Albena Flores & Idira Boka Solo Shoes Bags & BoysSomething of a ‘deep and techy’ theme to tonight’s reviews, kicking off with this latest offering from Frankfurt’s Shoes, Bags & Boys label.

Helmed by label co-founder Albena Flores, it’s a simple two-tracker. Solo itself is a drifty, dubwise, slo-mo affair sitting in a vague hinterland between deep house, deep techno and chill-out, its never-ending pads, ponderous bass and crisp hand percussion complimented nicely by understated Spanish guitar and gently tinkling ivories. Over on the B, meanwhile, you’ll find Rondo Minimale, which is more readily definable as deep, dubby techno… but every bit as good as the A. Possibly even better!

Out: Today

About: Find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores – Ting & Bagged

December 16, 2013 in Singles

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores Ting & Bagged Shoes, Bags & BoysSome fine deep, tech-tinged house grooves on this two-tracker from Shoes, Bags & Boys, brought to you by the label owners.

Ting is up first, a lilting, dubby affair that’ll work equally well in the warm-up or for post-club chilling. Over on the B, meanwhile, Bagged is even more laidback and dubbed-out, with echo-laden piano chords, lingering atmo’s and tiny, haunting fragments of vocal sitting atop a steady rolling rhythm.

Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…

Out: Today

About: You can find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook. As the latter page will inform you, “The label is located in Ulm (southern Germany) and focuses on girly-deep-minimal-tech-house music.”