Various – Remixed by Deep Active Sound

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Remixed By Deep Active Sound DeepWit RecordingsFairly obvious what’s going on from the title I guess, but just to be 100% clear, here we have an EP from DeepWit Recordings featuring three tracks by different artists, all remixed by Russian producer Mihail Bessmertny, AKA Deep Active Sound.

First up is label boss Alvaro Hylander’s Cream Soda, which in the hands of DAS at least is a midtempo deep house chugger with dreamy, filtered chords, muted kicks and an understated but fairly hefty bassline that nods to vintage Chi-town deepness. The DAS remix of Pablo Fierro’s New York is another late-night kinda jam, though again a nice fat b-line means floor play shouldn’t be ruled out, while completing the package is the DAS remix of Ejeca’s Bumbled, which rocks tuffer drums than the other two and has an almost garage-y feel to its chopped female “baby it’s you” vox and warm piano chords/stabs.

Three very fine cuts that’ll appeal to the true deep house heads, not much more to say really!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Fuzoku – Temporary Asylum

June 3, 2015 in Singles

Fuzoku Temporary Asylum DeepWitLet’s kick off tonight with some typically fine deep house grooves from Denmark’s DeepWit and the Berlin-based duo Fuzoku.

Temporary Asylum itself, in its Original form, is a laidback, classic-style deep houser, built with late nights in mind and sporting sampled, spoken vox that I think are talking about the Snowden/NSA scandal, though I could be wrong. Distant Relatives JHB supply the remix, taking us into even more laidback/late-night territory and bringing the vocal further to the fore. You also get two mixes of Route 60. The original is a slightly more upbeat and floor-friendly cut than Temporary Asylum, but similarly features barely there sampled, spoken vox, while probably the most dancefloor-oriented cut of the whole EP is the remix from label boss Alvaro Hylander.

Not picking a fave here cos, in the words of the late Errol Brown, everyone’s a winner…

Out: This week on Bandcamp and Beatport; everywhere else from 6 July

About: Find DeepWit here, here and here.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject… didn’t quite manage to  get round to it last week but Alvaro’s just put out a five-track EP called In House, the first in a series of ‘best ofs’ from DeepWit-associated artists, so check for that one too.

Various – What Happens 100

February 9, 2015 in Albums

Various What Happens 100Much as I do like the Innocent and Noise Music comps below (I wouldn’t have bothered reviewing them otherwise) it’s definitely a case of “best till last” tonight as we turn our attention to this 100th release from Denmark’s What Happens stable.

In the interests of transparency and full disclosure and all that, I should probably point out that I’ve known What Happens label boss Tim Andresen for well over 10 years, probably more like 15, ever since he used to be iDJ’s Danish correspondent for our Around The World section. But, y’know, it’s not like we go on holiday together or anything, and the reason What Happens? get a lot of love from TIWWD is really nothing to do with that, and everything to do with the label consistently turning out top-quality deep and tech house over the years… as this compilation demonstrates. Because with 11 all-new cuts from the likes of Alvaro Hylander, Yigit Atilla, BiG AL, Angelo Draetta, Jon Sweetname and of course Tim himself, plus some lesser-known names, What Happens 100 is as fine a house collection as you’ll hear this week. Or even last.

You know what to do…

Out: Last week

About: You can find What Happens on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Cadatta – The Machine

November 8, 2014 in Singles

Cadatta The Machine DeepWit RecordingsMoving into more straight-up house pastures now with this latest from the ever-checkable DeepWit.

In its original form, The Machine is a simply gorgeous deep house groover in the traditional mode, with warm, muted Rhodes chords and gently chugging beats topped with some old dude talking about jazz n’ such… you know the kind of thing! The Soul Minority Remix tuffens up the drums a notch and adds some dreamy fem vox, resulting in a mix that’s perhaps got a little more ‘big room’ appeal, while label boss Alvaro Hylander heads in the opposite direction with a laidback, uber-deep rub for the headnoddin’ crew.

Liking all three but it’s the Original that takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Various – Global Witness

September 21, 2014 in Albums

Global Witness DeepWit RecordingsWe end tonight with a rather special release, because it’s in aid of charity. Established in 1993, Global Witness is a body that “investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction.” In a nutshell, they campaign for the environment and the protection of wildlife, and against exploitation by global capitalist megacorps.

A worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree… and now you’ve got a good reason to help out, as DeepWit Recordings have put together this fine compilation album in Global Witness’s honour, with all label and artist revenues going straight to the charity. Tracks come from (label boss) Alvaro Hylander, Tony S and Santiago Santamaria plus a host of newer names, with chilled-out deep house vibes the general order of the day, albeit with the odd excursion into downtempo territory and with Tony’s Reward System closing the album on a slightly livelier, more floor-friendly note.

So: that’s 10 quality tracks from a quality label, all for less than £8 and you get a nice warm fuzzy feeling from buying it too! What are you waiting for?

Out: This week

About: Never mind the social media, this time you’re just getting the buy link and yes, feel free to take that as a fairly unsubtle hint!

DMP – Natural Mystic

May 16, 2014 in Singles

DMP Natural Mystic DeepWit RecordingsAnd speaking of labels who seldom put a foot wrong, here’s the latest from Copenhagen’s ever-checkable purveyors of deep house goodness, DeepWit Recordings.

Two tracks, in a total of four mixes. Natural Mystic itself is a deep n’ dubby affair with Afro-leaning percussion, pads that don’t stop and vaguely sci-fi-ish synths pulsing away on top. Deep Active Sound then serve up a remix that, with its more straight-up 4/4s, is perhaps more readily suited to dancefloor play, albeit the luxuriant production means it’d serve just as well for late-night listening at home.

Over on the flip, Just Believe again flirts with dub tropes, and comes with huge revererating synth sweeps and snatches of whispered male vocal (as well as some female “heys”), while finally label boss Alvaro Hylander’s remix again rides tuffer drums than the original but loses nothing of the atmospheric, 6am feel.

House music to soothe the soul…

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Agent Libre – Miles Away

January 25, 2014 in Singles

Agent Libre Miles Away DeepWit RecordingsAnother familiar label, more heavy-hitter remixes and more quality deep house vibes here, with the label in question this time being Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Four mixes of Miles Away to choose from. In its original form it’s an unhurried shuffler with a simple lolloping rhythm topped with sumptuous filtered strings, some lovely warm keys and barely-there snatches of female vocal, the overall effect being not unreminiscent of Dave Lee in Akabu mode. Label boss Alvaro Hylander is first up to the remix plate, bringing us a superb 5am pass that’s both stripped right down and just slightly pumped up at the same time. Demarkus Lewis goes for the soulful dancefloor jugular with a rub that brings the vocal to the fore, while lastly Reagan Grey goes in the opposite direction, emphasizing the track’s sweeping, epic qualities.

If pushed I think Demarkus Lewis just edges it but to be honest, all four mixes are pretty damn fine…

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

James Dutton – Kahlua

January 19, 2014 in Singles

James Dutton Kahlua What Happens!Some more trad-style deep house grooves now courtesy of Denmark’s ever-reliable What Happens! label and Amnesia resident James Dutton.

There are three mixes of Kahlua on offer, but to be honest they don’t vary hugely. The original’s an unhurried deep shuffler with the occasional huge, reverbed keyboard stab or heavily-treated vocal snip to add a sense of drama. Alvaro ‘DeepWit’ Hylander gives us a mix that’s much the same but with a slightly stronger 4/4 kick, while Dutton’s own Black Box Remix also beefs up the kick drum and adds some tripped-out FX, whooshes and synth squiggles. But heads-down grooves for fried 4am dancefloors are pretty much the order of the day throughout.

Not that that’s in any way a bad thing!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 27 Jan.

About: Find What Happens!  here, here and here.

Kurtz – Move In Time

October 13, 2013 in Singles

Kurtz Move In Time UM RecordsAnd by sheer coincidence here’s another label celebrating two years in the game, as UM Records mark their second birthday with a two-track, four-mix EP from Italy’s Kurtz, who you may know from his work on 5 And Dime or Deep Class.

In its Original form, Move In Time itself is a lush, soulful deep house groover with swung percussion and a semi-sung, semi-rapped male vocal. A remix from Alvaro ‘DeepWit’ Hylander then takes us into deeper territory still, being a sparse, dubby affair with a 1 min 15 beatless breakdown in the middle. Feel It meanwhile is another soul-infused, late night affair with “won’t you feel it?” male vox in its original form, before a truly outstanding remix from MDR turns it into a proper deep n’ squelchy dancefloor bumper complete with an added female vocal.

The latter rub is my pick, with Alvaro’s take on the title track a close second, but this is strong stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Best Of DeepWit Vol 1

May 19, 2013 in Albums

Best Of DeepWit Vol 1Got a few long-players to tell you about tonight, starting with this ‘best of’ collection from Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings. But as this is a ‘best of’ comp, and as it’s quite rare a DeepWit release doesn’t get a glowing review on This Is Why We Dance, I’m gonna keep the review for this one nice and short.

So here goes: if deep house that’s laidback, melodic and atmospheric without ever becoming soporific sounds like your idea of a good way of spending 71 minutes and 47 seconds, then step right this way. Because with cuts from the likes of Deep Spelle, Cadatta, Pablo Fierro, Max Volkholz and of course DeepWit label boss Alvaro Hylander, this is freaking superb, quite frankly.

Out: 27 May (so yeah, this is an earlier review than normal. But that’s for very important, and secret reasons. And not cos I misread the date as 17 May at all).

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