Anthony Mea – Landscape

July 3, 2015 in Singles

Anthony Mea Landscape EP Haute Musique

Let’s end tonight with the latest from Anthony Mea, fresh from his D&B excursions on Spring Tube Liquid and back in the deep house groove on BiG AL’s Haute Musique imprint.

In its original form, Landcsapeis a sumptuous, soul-tinged late-nighter with pads that just don’t stop and a looping female “glad it’s taught ya” (?) vocal. Evgeny’s Midnight Dub shouldn’t really need too much explaining, but just in case is a sparser, mellower pass bordering on downtempo territory, while finally Pano Manara’s Tribute Mix is another deeper rub but featuring the vocal this time.

Very classy stuff indeed, but then for Haute Musique that’s pretty much par for the course. Ditto Mr Mea, come to that!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 13 July

About: Find Haute Musique here and here.

Savvas – Running Out Of My Heart

June 4, 2015 in Singles

Savvas Running Out Of My Mind Ready Mix RecordsTo start us off tonight, some typically high-quality deep house vibes from Canada’s Ready Mix Records.

Five mixes of Running Out Of My Heart to choose from. The original’s a pulsing midtempo affair with a soulful male “running just as fast as you can” vocal and a Balearic-ish feel overall. Anthony Mea tuffens up the drums and uses the vocal more sparingly, on a mix built with weary 4am dancefloors in mind*. Forteba’s rub is a little more lilting, with shuffly drums, and as such should find favour with those on a “deep and soulful” tip, Pion’s operates in that deep/progressive hinterland and finally Yigit Atilla takes us into proper amniotic, late-night territory.

The Mea rub is working best for me but our old friend Yigit’s not far behind.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Ready Mix on Soundcloud and Facebook.

* I say that, but obviously I have no idea what Mr Mea had in mind when he was making it. He was mostly thinking about tractors and Hershey bars, for all I know. But you know what I mean.

Anthony Mea – Ashes Love EP

May 21, 2015 in Singles

Anthony Mea Ashes Love Sring Tube LiquidLast one for tonight, and it’s from another exciting new label, as Spring Tube – purveyors of all manner of fine deep house/techno/prog goodness – launch sub-label Spring Tube Liquid, concentrating on, as the name suggests, deep, liquid D&B.

Anthony Mea’s the man chosen to lead the charge. No stranger to this blog, having featured many times with his deep house releases, here he embraces his inner junglist with three very fine laidback, jazzy cuts – two of which (I Need You Know and Miss Your Love) you may recall featured on his second album, Border, as reviewed on TIWWD back in September. Suffice to say those two sound just as good when sent out into the world in single form, while the title cut – all steppy beats, bass you want to bathe in and trip-hop-ish fem vox – lives up to its prime billing perfectly.

A superb EP all round, then, and a great label debut. More, please!

Out: This week

About: I don’t think Spring Tube Liquid has its own dedicated website/social media just yet but you can find Spring Tube itself on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ra-Soul – Deep Site Sessions

November 15, 2014 in Albums

Ra-Soul Deep Site Sessions Deep Site RecordingsCroatia’s ever-excellent Deep Site label pull off something of a coup for their 30th release, drafting in US deep house veteran DJ Ra-Soul to mix what is, I believe, their first label comp.

With tracks and remixes from the likes of Deephope, Tony S, Anthony Mea, Terry Vernixx, Marc Cotterell and Deep Spelle… and given the number of Deep Site releases that have previously received glowing reviews on this very blog… and given that Ra-Soul’s at the helm… you shouldn’t really need me to break down every single track to know what to expect. So I won’t. Instead I’ll just say that you get both a 54-minute mixed version by Ra-Soul plus 15 tracks in all their full-length unmixed glory (at least I think you get both, the hype sheet isn’t very clear), taking in various shades of deep house from the near-ambient, to the jazzy and soulful, to the more bouncy and tech-tinged, but with the mix overall having a slow-building, dreamy kinda feel.

Oh, and that Deephope’s remix of Felipe L’s When Night Sounds is one of the best things to happen to ears in a long while. And that you should buy this album immediately.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Anthony Mea – Border

September 15, 2014 in Albums

Anthony Mea Border Spring TubeFeeling a bit tired and frazzled so just the one review tonight, and I’m gonna plump for something nice and mellow… enter this long-player from Anthony Mea.

It’s Mea’s second album for Spring Tube, not to mention he’s had releases on the likes of UM Records, Savoir Faire Musique, Incepto Deep and Nightbird, so you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect. But for those who’ve just wandered in, soothing, laidback deep house vibes are the general order of the day here: at times getting a wee bit proggy around the edges, at others venturing into chill-out/beach house territory and even finding room for a couple of deep, liquid D&B excursions in I Need You Know and Miss Your Love.

Despite the variety of stylistic approaches, though, the album sits together nicely as a whole – and that’s probably the best way to appreciate it, too. Just sit back and relax…

Out: This week

About: You can find Spring Tube on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Loveline/Another Reason [Remixes]

July 1, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Loveline Incepto DeepIt actually seems to be a whole four weeks since I last reviewed a Rishi K record! Must be some kind of, er, record.

Anyway, here comes the prolific San Franciscan again… or rather here come a bunch of other peeps, with new rubs of two of Rishi’s previous excursions on Incepto Deep. Loveline gets makeovers from Ri9or and thePorter, the former turning in a big, dramatic proggy refix but the latter’s bass-y, garage-tinged rub getting my vote. It’s a similar story with Another Reason: the Evan Blacks Remix ventures too far down the progressive route for me, but Anthony Mea’s sumptuous, late-night deep house take is bang on the money.

Then again Rishi plus Mea was never going to add up to anything less than a bit special…

Out: Friday (4 July)

About: Incepto Deep haven’t featured on here for a bit, mainly due to a change of promo service on their part, but rest assured they’re still going strong, and you can find ’em here and here.

Anthony Mea – Mea Spell

December 8, 2013 in Albums

Anthony Mea Mea Spell Spring TubeHailing from Salerno in Italy, Anthony Mea has had releases on the likes of Nightbird,  Savoir Faire Musique and UM Records… but mostly on Spring Tube, so it’s fitting that the latter have been chosen to release his debut full-length.

The album does takes in various shades of deep house, from the poppy soulfulness of Get It On to the future garage-y Hi Sally, but what largely predominate are blissed-out, laidback, mostly-instrumental grooves such as Illusion, YumeSydonia and Reality. Long, lingering pads, delicate 4/4s, soothing atmos and gently sweeping strings abound, making for an album that’s best served whole, preferably late at night.

The aural equivalent of a long hot bath…

Out: This week

About: You can find Spring Tube on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Nightbird ADE Sampler 2013

October 7, 2013 in Singles

Various ADE Sampler 2013 NIghtbird MusicIt’s that time of year when I get a bit sad, because not being a full-time dance music journo any more I don’t get to go to ADE like I used to… not like the good old iDJ days when I used to be a regular (I have a collection of subtly different black-and-yellow record bags to prove it). See also: Miami WMC. In that regard, I’m not sure if the annual influx of ADE samplers is a consolation or a curse…

But that said, here’s Nightbird’s offering for 2013 and in this case I’m definitely plumping for ‘consolation’! Label boss Sebastian Davidson teams up with J Kar for floaty, ethereal opener Find A Rhythm, which is followed by Anthony Mea’s upbeat soulful groover Spin Your Heart. Den Hetrix ups the pace with ragga-vocalled skanker 50 Cent, Nick Drabble’s Move Forward takes us back into more chilled-out, contemplative pastures and then it’s over to Seb again who closes the EP with the late-night, percussion-and-FX weirdness of Scopophilia.

I’ll be honest, Move Forward is a little too close to Ibiza-lite territory for these ears but the other tracks are well worth investigating, Find A Rhythm and 50 Cent in particular… and four out of five ain’t bad at all!

Out: This week

About: You can find Nightbird Music here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Anthony Mea – Be Yourself

January 23, 2013 in Singles

Anthony Mea Be Yourself Savoir Faire MusiqueYou can pretty much always rely on Savoir Faire Musique for some high-quality deep house grooves… this latest offering from Anthony Mea is no exception.

In its Original form, Be Yourself is a gentle and melodic midtempo affair, with treated/chorused vox placed subtly in the mix (such that we’re talking more ‘voice as instrument’ rather than ‘lyrics’), that should suit your warm-up or post-club needs nicely. It’s bolstered by a pair of big-name (for deep house!) remixes, with Dale Howard giving the track an injection of dancefloor energy and throb, while Deep Edition boss Martijn maintains the late-night feel of the Original but strips things right back to bare bones to create a true head-nodder’s delight.

Dale’s rub is the one for the floor while Martijn’s would be my pick for home listening, but don’t get me wrong, the Original’s none too shoddy either!

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Anthony Mea – Zzaj Died EP

December 13, 2012 in Singles

Anthony Me Zzaj Died EP Deep Site Recordings

Seeing as I was just bigging up Mr Mea for his contributions to the Spring Tube comp below, now seemed like a good time to tell you about this three-track, six-mix EP he’s also got out this week on Deep Site Recordings.

“Waves of deep organic house wrap you up in a blanket of warm, mellifluous balm,” is how the hype sheet describes this one, which gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Actually, the title cut in particular leans a little more towards that en vogue more clinical, techy sound than that might lead you to believe but other than that, yeah… if unhurried deep house vibes made for post-club chillin’ or very late floors are what you’re after, you won’t go far wrong here.

Oh yeah, and if you held a gun to my head – which I’d really rather you didn’t – then my pick of a fine crop would be the Nello Falcitan Jekos Remix of Mea & BPlan’s Jade In My House.

Out: This week

About: Deep Site Recordings is based in Croatia, is the brainchild of Tom Krizic and Rory Cochrane, has only been in existence since March and can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.