Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto – Sun Goes

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto Sun Goes SP RecordingsMore sweet fem vox (see Andi Rivera, below) on this single-tracker from Essex label SP Recordings.

Sitting somewhere between deep, soulful and ‘beach’ house, Sun Goes is predicated around langorous synth sweeps, soaring sax, gently tinkling chimes and, of course, that gorgeous (but uncredited) sultry, wistful vocal. It all adds up to something with a vaguely ‘sunset in Ibiza in the 90s’ feel… but that’s by no means a bad thing.

Not much more to tell you, really.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

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.

Kaiserbeat & Angelo Draetta – Union Range EP

November 4, 2013 in Singles

Kaiserbeat & Angelo Draetta Union Range EP KES RecordsLast week I was bigging up his Hype Type EP… this week here comes Mr Draetta again, this time with his mate who’s a German drummer. I think.

Three originals to choose from, plus a Refresh Remix of the title track. In its original form, Union Range is a deep-ish houser with drums straight from the Chicago old skool, dreamy lingering stabs/chords and fat, pulsing bass. Refresh then takes things several notches deeper and moodier. Elsewhere, We Dreamt Chords is a big, squelchy bass-y strutter with some lovely understated piano chords to add warmth and musicality, while Clean And Dirty looks again to the Windy City for inspiration, tempering its ‘dark acid’ vibe with a looping “house music is an expression of soul” vocal.

Hard words to argue with! And hard tunes to argue with all round, though it’s the Refresh Remix of Union Range that’s the absolute killer.

Out: Wednesday

About: This comes on KES Records, who are based in Benevento, Italy and can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Angelo Draetta – Hype Type EP

October 28, 2013 in Singles

Angelo Draetta Hype Type Headset RecordingsMore quality underground house shizzle now coming from Italy’s Angelo Draetta, who’s impressed previously with releases on Lost My Dog and Savoir Faire. Today, though, he’s doing the do for San Francisco’s Headset Recordings.

Hype Type itself is up first, which in its Original form is a seriously deep groove with a spoken/sung male “step with the four on the floor, that’s why they call it house”, gorgeously lilting, understated percussion and the warmest bassline you could possibly ask for. Marc Cotterell’s remix is a little more upfront and struttin’, with the vocal all but dropped bar some pitched-down snippets, while rounding out the EP is Love Bugs, which is more uptempo again but still keeps the mood plenty deep, making it equally suitable for afterhours floors or for post-club sofa-surfing.

Out: Today

About: You can find Headset Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Thomas AS – Wonderful In Your Eyes EP

November 17, 2012 in Singles

Thomas AS Wonderful In Your Eyes EP Tanzbar Digital

More deep house vibes here, this time courtesy of a label called Tanzbar Digital who, despite this being their 78th release, are I believe making (fanfare of trumpets) their very first appearance on TIWWD.

Having said we’re on a straight-up deep house tip tonight, of the three EPs this is the one with the most techy/proggy leanings. There are three mixes of the title track to choose from, all of which feature the same whispered/spoken female vocal and all of which are in a warm-up/post-club kinda vein. The Philippe Ort and Original mixes are pleasingly hypnotic but the Angelo Draetta Dub & Dumb Mix would be the rub most likely to get yours truly, at least, up and dancing thanks to its vintage Chicago-style percussion.

Rounding out the EP is bonus cut Lost Mind, which ventures into techno territory with its looping, terrace-friendly percussion and warping, distorted bass synth sounds.

Out: This week

About: Tanzbar Digital are, unsurprisingly, German and can be found at their own website, on Soundcloud and on Facebook.