Various – Ain’t No Wall High Enough

March 23, 2015 in Albums

Ain't No Wall High Enough Brique RougeKey players in the early days of tech-house back in the late 90s/early 00s, David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint relaunched back in the summer. Since then, they’ve pursued a ‘quality over quantity’ agenda so their release schedule hasn’t exactly been hectic, but here as they reach the 100th release milestone we see them stepping up a gear with the release of this 12-track sampler, available digitally or on three separate coloured 12-inches.

Brique Rouge always catered for both the house and the techno sides of the tech-house camp and so it is here… as such, one or two of the more pounding techno cuts are a little too much for these ears. But no matter, for there are many housier delights on offer too, from a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Highlights for me include the Raw District Remix of D’Julz’s Fast Forward with its instant earworm of a three-note bass-synth riff and looping, distorted male vocal, Kike Henriquez’s Activation Things with its vintage Chi-town style drums, Duriez & Manuel-M’s somewhat Ultra Flava-ish Unreasonable Feelings and Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s The Show with its sampled movie dialogue (from Night Catches Us if I’m not mistaken, thanks Google!), fat hip-swayin’ bassline and killer organ chords. But as ever with a comp like this, you’d be well advised to dive in and explore for yourself…

Out: Now (only last week but playing catch-up tonight, fairly predictably for a Monday)

About: Find Brique Rouge here, here and here.

Various – Something For Miami Vol 2

March 15, 2015 in Singles

Something For Miami Vol 2 Something DfiferentMust admit I’m getting a bit confused with the sheer amount of Miami samplers/EPs/albums coming from the Something Different camp this year! This is the second in a three-EP series from Something Different itself, and there’s also a Different Attitudes For Miami collection as well as two volumes of Attitudes Remixed For Miami (also on Different Attitudes), and who’s to say that Something Else and Something Different Again won’t be getting in on the act too?! You definitely can’t accuse the Bootle crew of resting on their laurels…

Anyway, right now we’re talking about this EP, which has eight tracks from as many different arists. As such, a range of house styles are represented, from Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s dark n’ techy A Night At The Club House to the contemporary ‘big room deep’ of Mastercris’s Poseidon, so I’d strongly recommend you check this EP for yourself. But when you do, I’d also humbly suggest that Justin Harris’s jazzy, disco-tinged Change The Game, Harlem Knights’ understated roller Deep Sea and Smok’s laidback, organ- and sax-flecked Southern Side would be good places to start…

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.