The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Die Grote – Cool

May 2, 2015 in Singles

Die Grote Criminal Hype CoolMore fine house grooves here from Dutch producer Die Grote and Wales’ ever-checkable Criminal Hype.

The Original mix is a strutty deep house dancefloor cut with a male, rap-style “what you think we think is cool” vocal… it’s got a little of that ‘G-house’ attitude but a more accurate comparison would be with early 00s west coast à la Transport and Salted. Andy Lee’s remix is tuffer and techier, Brian Morse takes us on a trippier ride while Jeremy Juno sprinkles a little magic UKG/bass house dust over his rub.

The Original and Jeremy Juno can share top honours, for the sake of argument, but really this is strong stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: Find Criminal Hype on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Inner City Records Vol 4

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Inner City Records Vol 4Only the fourth release here by Inner City Records… and the fourth to get reviewed on TIWWD. Which may well be some kind of record, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Once again, it’s a V/A offering and home to some very fine deep house grooves. Leigh D Oliver & Andy Lee are up first with Moves Ya, a track with nice fat squelchy bass and a strong influence from trad-style deep US garage. It’s a more UK garage-influenced sound that Leigh then offers up on his solo piece (Sic), Mystep’s Night Drive sits right on the deep/tech house cusp, while finally label co-owner Roland Nights mixes up classic garage and more contemporary ‘bass house’ tropes on his Chandler-esque Let It Rain.

There’s a reason ICR’s hit-rate has been so high, y’know… this is essential stuff.

Out: This week

About: Either the hype sheet contains an error, or Inner City Records have relocated from Manchester to Dorset. Anyway, you can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Andy Lee – Deeper EP

July 15, 2014 in Singles

Andy Lee Deeper EP Lost RecordsOnly the seventh release here from Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records, who I believe are a year old round about now.

The eponymous floorburner Deeper is aptly named given that it’s a little bit less techy than previous Lost offerings to feature on this blog, albeit still fairly on the tuff/dark side as deep house goes. Josh Butler’s remix strips things back and if pushed slightly nudges it for me, not least because of the added old-skool pitched-up vocal sample – very welcome given that (as I’ve said on here several times) the ‘I know, let’s pitch down the vocal till he sounds like he’s on a fistful of mazzies’ is getting a little bit old for me now. And then completing the package is Hex, which sees us back in struttin’ tech-house territory and which sports an extended female vocal wail that sounds like a bite from Blind Truth’s Love Is The Key, though I could easily be wrong, and a spoken/rapped male “lean left, left right” vocal as well.

Quality stuff all round – check this one for sure!

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Andy Lee – What About Us

October 27, 2012 in Singles

Andy Lee What About Us Seamless Deep

If I had to describe the house sound of now (I’m not sure how that might come about, because in my actual real everyday life people are generally telling me to shut up about house music, not asking questions about it. But IF) then phrases like ‘cavernous production’, ‘big synth riffs’, ‘chunky midtempo beats’ and, perhaps most of all, ‘heavily treated/downpitched white male vocals’ would feature heavily.

That east London/Berlin deep/tech sound so beloved of skinny-jeaned hipsters, in other words. Music bought by kids who think house music began with Huxley, Solomun and Maya Jane. There’s a LOT of it about, but to be honest it’s a sound I can take or leave a lot of the time… so often, there’s too much smart-arse studio trickery and not enough in the way of actual soul.

Well, THIS record is very much in the vein mentioned above, but the latter doesn’t apply… this one’s dripping with soul and I’m loving it. Which suggests, to me, that it must be really a very good record indeed. Ha!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Seamless Deep.

And by the way, just to clear: I wasn’t dissing Huxley, Solomun or Maya Jane there! Fine producers all of them. It’s their 1001 imitators I get a bit bored of sometimes…