Various – You Are We Vol 1

November 30, 2014 in Singles

You Are We Vol 1Another various artists offering here, this one coming from brand new label You Are We (and I do mean brand new… this is YAW001).

Six tracks from as many artists, mostly new names to yours truly: Wildkats, Alexis Raphael, Ashley Wild, Kreature, Johnny Mikes ft Michael B and Borrowed Time. No time to go into each one individually right now, but suffice to say the mood overall is either the deeper side of tech-house or the techier side of deep house (depending how you look at it) and all very contemporary-sounding, with Borrowed Time’s moody Thinking Out Loud and Wildkats’ shimmering, euphoric Imagine Us the standouts for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Set up by Scott Dickie & Stuart Sandeman (AKA Wildcats) and Ashley Wild, You Are We is the label offshoot of the London party of the same name that’s already spread its wings as far as Glastonbury, Burning Man and Ibiza. Find out more by hitting them up on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Alexis Raphael – Shutdown

April 28, 2014 in Singles

Alexis Raphael Shutdown Moda BlackYet again, time has done that sneaky little trick it does of running away when I’m not looking. So just the one review tonight… but I’m prepared to vouch personally for its 100% bomb-ness, if that helps!

The A-side title track is a no-nonsense contemporary-style jacker, but one that sports a vocal straight out of the SUAD/Ragga Twins school of thought – “Now hear this! To all the acid raver, I want you make some noise and tear down de place”. Fine advice, I’m sure we can all agree… not to mention a production trick that was never gonna fail with those of old enough to remember the good old daze. Over on the B, meanwhile, Exclusive is essentially a deeper variation on the same theme – a lolloping deep/tech groove topped with treated, spoken Jamaican-style vox – and every bit as playable.

Jaymo & Andy George’s label Moda Black have (IMNERHO) been putting out some superb stuff lately. Shutdown is no exception.

Out: This week

About: You can find Moda Black on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.