Arara – Strike Three

September 22, 2015 in Singles

Arara Strike Three EP Submarine VibesMore leftfield/experimental deep grooves now courtesy of Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes label.

Three mixes of Strike Three to choose from. The original’s a sort of wonky, future lounge thang that’s one-part Roy Ayers, one-part Yellow Magic Orchestra and one-part The Man With The Red Face. Actually, that’s a pretty rubbish description so you’ll just have to hear it for yourself, which  – in a rare instance of me being arsed – you can do below.

The man like Yigit Atilla serves up a much smoother deep house remix, while German producer Wanderlust’s mix sits somewhere between the two and brings the tinkling pianos to the fore. Atilla’s rub would be the obvious choice for dancefloor play, but the original deserves props too, simply for not sounding like much anything else that’s around right now.

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes here, here and here.

Arara – Art In Quadrat

February 22, 2015 in Singles

Arara Art In Quadrat Submarine VibesLast one for tonight, and we stay in uber-deep mode but in a slightly housier kinda way with this latest from Sarajevo’s ever on-point Submarine Vibes.

In its original form, Art In Quadrat has quite tuff, techy beats but otherwise, with its dubby bassline and gently tinkling jazzy ivories, wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Boulevard. Remix-wise, Ki.Mi adds crowd noise and goes for a slightly more laidback and lilting feel, the Powel Remix adds musical warmth in the form of strings and extra layers of piano in a lower register, making this perhaps your best bet for very late-night play, while Sergio Sergi heads in the other direction with a strutty dancefloor mix that nods to vintage soul and funk.

Powel and the original share top honours for me, but whatever mix you choose it’s another winner from Submarine Vibes.

Out: This week

About: Find Submarine Vibes here, here and here. This is the label’s 12th release.

Michael Lovatt – Top Down EP

August 21, 2014 in Singles

Michael Lovatt Top Down EP Freche FrüchteA pleasing range of mixes on offer again, on this latest from Alex Alterskye’s Freche Früchte imprint.

In its Original form, Top Down is a nicely unhurried groove sporting garage-y organ stabs, meandering Balearic-style pianos and two contrasting vocals, one consisting mostly of female “oohs” and one a snatch of sampled male funk/rap vox. The Arara Remix takes us into late-night, pad-y deep house pastures, while the deep55 Remix operates in slightly more floor-friendly, struttier mode.

But it’s the Dee Brown Remix that takes top honours for me – a bass-y, hip-swayin’ slice of UK garage nouveau par excellence. Like the lady on the song says, it’s “something… special”.

Out: This week

About: You can find Freche Früchte, who are based in Hull, here, here and here.