John Randle – Walk With Me EP

May 14, 2016 in Singles

John Randle Walk With Me EP Carton-Pâte RecordsA three-track, four-mix EP of tech/bass house goodness here from France’s ever-checkable Carton-Pâte Records.

Walk With Me itself is up first, which is aptly named as it centres around a LARGE, twangy walking bassline which it marries to whooshy reversed synths, otherwordly Theremin-like sounds and female vocal cut-ups. Unorthodox, which follows, is a pacier affair with cleaner, crisper 4/4s, martial arts movie dialogue and another big bass riff placed front and centre. Completing the EP are two mixes of You’ve Got It, which sees plenty more big-bass action. The original’s a stripped-back affair with something of a Detroit house (yes, Detroit house) feel, nostalgic rave-y synth stabs (think Mentasm or Dominator) that are applied quite sparingly and a looping “Good for you, I’m no good for you” vocal, while the Ben Mono Remix takes us into slightly deeper territory.

All good but if pushed the title track nudges it, with the original of You’ve Got It not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Carton-Pâte on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Waifs & Strays – Fire In Me EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Waifs & Strays Fire In Me EP LovecrimesThe very first release on a brand new label here: say hello, everyone, to Lovecrimes, which has just been set up by Amos Nelson (better known as Waifs & Strays) and partner-in-crime ITchy Rich.

Nelson himself is at the controls for the label’s debut offering, serving up two original cuts. Fire In Me itself is a now-sounding bassy houser with a full female vocal that’s a bit poppy but steers just the right side of the line, while C’mon ploughs a similar musical furrow but with bigger bass and, by way of vocal, just a man’s voice saying “c’mon” over and over. Remix-wise, Death On The Balcony’s rub of the title track downpitches the vocal in places and has more of a trippy, 4am kinda feel overall, but the pick for me is the Instradub Mix, which ditches the vocal entirely and lets that menacing b-line come to the fore.

Out: 6 May

About: You can find Lovecrimes… er, no, you can’t actually. Or I can’t, so here’s Waifs & Strays on Soundcloud instead.

Simztek & Dubz – Creating Genres EP

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Simztek & Dubz Creating Genres EP New Politics RecordsSeeing as it’s Saturday night let’s end on a slightly more ‘now’ and ‘up’ tip with this latest from New Politics Records.

Four tracks to choose from here. Get Up is a now-sounding, peaktime-friendly but non-cheesy house jam with old skool pianos, hefty warping bass that’s actually applied quite subtly and an R&B-ish “what’s up, what’s up, get your hands up, get your hands up” vocal sample, though I couldn’t tell you where it’s from. Innocence ploughs a deeper furrow and is reminscent of the more soulful end of late 90s UKG. Minimal Fuss starts out as an eyes-down, bass-and-drums workout, but as the track progresses attitude-y bass and looping fem vox join the party, while finally So Long is a big n’ bouncy future garage/bass house affair with wailing fem vox, gnarly rave bass and an overall ‘last half hour before the club shuts, let’s f***ing ‘ave it” kinda feel.

All four are probably best served to younger floors but Innocence should appeal to the older heads as well.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 28 March

About: Find New Politics Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Hosse – Roots EP

February 5, 2016 in Singles

Hosse Roots EP Domino Effect RecordsLast one for tonight, so let’s end on a slighty tuffer note with this two-tracker from Leeds label Domino Effect and Urbana Recordings boss Hosse.

On the A, My Bass Ball is aptly named, in that it’s got plenty of bass and dancers will have a ball! It’s a deceptive wee bugger mind, opening with shufflin’ beats and rave-y pianos that give little indication, during the first 1 min 30s, of the ruff-edged sub-bass filth waiting just around the corner. There are some cut-up diva vox to match the old skool pianos in there, too. Flip it over, and you’ll find Lost In London, which again is pretty hefty at the bottom end, in more dub-wise fashion this time while riding a more stripped-back 4/4 rhythm and coming sprinkled with cut-up rap vox.

Two slammin’ cuts from the rising Spanish producer that should work on house/garage/bass floors of many descriptions.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 15 Feb

About: Domino Effect Records haven’t featured on TIWWD before, but this is their 18th release and you can find ’em here and here.

Dachshund – Pressure EP

February 1, 2016 in Singles

Dachshund Pressure EP GruuvJust the one release from last week still to tell you about, which is this four-track EP from the ever-reliable Gruuv.

Geneva-based producer Dachshund is the man at the controls, serving up four tracks of deep, chuggy, techy house goodness. Pressure itself is up first, all growling bass, jazzy Rhodes licks and stuttering, carnivalesque percussion topped with a woman’s voice repeating the title. Easy Going centres around a snakin’, lo-slung bassline that weaves its way around the looping, slightly chipmunk’d female vocal sample and dramatic synth stabs/chords. Never is a more laidback groover that’d be quite summery were it not for the ominous bass rumble… and is that a snatch of a Smokin’ Beats vocal sample? Maybe, maybe not. Completing the package is Impact, a more straight-ahead dancefloor cut with more hefty bass and echoing, disembodied vocal fragments.

Good stuff as ever from Gruuv, with Pressure and Impact the standouts for me but the other two not far behind.

Out: Now

About: You can find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – The Christmas Gift LP III

December 29, 2015 in Albums

Various Christmas Gift LP III Carton-Pâte RecordsFrench label Carton-Pâte come with their third annual Christmas compilation, serving up 18 tracks from nearly as many artists.

With 18 tracks on offer, it’d be boring if they all sounded the same – but there’s no danger of that here, as The Christmas Gift LP III stands out for the sheer breadth of music on offer. Where else are you gonna find jazzy, trumpet-tastic deep house (Apollo Powder’s Pont Rouge), deep dark and slightly scary post-dubstep (the JM Remix of Jeanne’s Roma), squelchy Daft Punk-isms (Maxime F’s For You), bumpin’ UKG nouveau (Mr Cardboard’s rave-tinged JSNE) and scratchy minimal techno (Optamystick’s Abyss) all rubbing shoulders on one album – never mind, as here, within the first few tracks!

And the album continues in similarly eclectic fashion, taking in lounge-y/Balearic vibes from Karim Sarahoui, fierce Relief-style jacking house from Pause, euphoric but non-cheesy prog from PNKPHTM and more. The sparse-yet-sumptuous GT246 Garage Edit of Oxxa’s In My Mind and the aforesaid cuts from Apollo Powder, Mr Cardboard and JM/Jeanne come particularly recommended by yours truly, but really, suggesting highlights from an album like this is a bit of pointless exercise – with the variety on offer you’d be better off diving on in and finding your own.

You’ll be glad you did… and you certainly won’t get bored.

Out: Now

About: Find Carton-Pâte Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Andi Rivera – In My Mind

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Andi Rivera In My Mind Xylo MusicSo here we are, the little baby Jesus’s birthday has been and gone and it’s time to get back in the reviewing saddle, starting with this UKG-leaning offering from Andi Rivera on Xylo Music.

Four mixes of In My Mind to choose from. The strutty, stuttery Original is in some ways closest to that original late 90s vibe, but my money’s on the slightly smoother Jamie George, which has something of a Tuff Jam/Baffled Republic feel, albeit the big rasping bassline clearly sounds a bit more contemporary. Elsewhere, Secret Sinz’ remix is just a little less frantic than the original while the Soul Academy rub strips things right back and adds house-y, rave-y keys – I could’ve sworn it was gonna break out into Xpansions Move Your Body at one point!

All good, but as I said, Jamie George takes the gold for me here.

Out: This week

About: Find Xylo Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dennis Quin – Wicked Love EP

December 13, 2015 in Singles

Dennis Quin Wicked Love EP Simma BlackNormally I like to end Sunday’s reviews on a more downtempo/chilled-out kinda note, but I’ve shot myself right in the foot this week because instead what we have left to talk about here is some big, strutty bass-house bizniss from Simma Black.

Wicked Love itself centres around a simple up-and-down bass riff that’s mirrored by a tinky-tonk synth line, and topped by a full-throated female vocal (“So when I see you and my knees go weak, heart skips a beat and I/should tell you how I really feel but I can’t help that I/might find that if I tell you so my love will be denied/so tell me what am I to do on all these lonely nights?” plus a higher-register “wicked love” chorus. There’s an accompanying Radio Edit, while completing the package are the G-housey vibes of Break Of Dawn (“we ain’t leavin’ till 6 in the morning/we ain’t gonna stop till the break of dawn”) and Frustration with its big ruff bassline and fast-chat, Wildchild-ish rap vocal.

Downtempo and chilled? No. Big, stompy and certified floor-destroying? Undoubtedly, with Break Of Dawn leading the charge.

Out: This week

About: You can find Simma Black on Soundcloud and Facebook.

South Royston – Zapp

December 12, 2015 in Singles

South Royston Zapp Throne Room RecordsOnly the third release here from a new house label based up in Newcastle – Liam Armstrong’s Throne Room Records.

You get three mixes of Zapp to choose from, plus bonus cut Inside Of Me. In its Original form, Zapp is a very solid lil’ deep house chugger that’s got a hefty enough bottom end to sound thoroughly ‘now’, and that comes topped with shouts and FX which are vaguely reminiscent of Gunman, Fly Life etc. Lee Walker supplies a bigger, bouncier remix that ups the BPMs and foregrounds the vocal, which is married here to a different but just as weighty b-line, while Ryan Padley & Johnsson’s Bumping Drums Remix has percussion that harks back to vintage Chi-town, “I said bass!” shouts, whistles, cowbells and a general feeling of energetic dancefloor abandon. Finally, Inside Of Me is a rawer, even more garage-leaning affair with a looping “inside of me” vocal and a defiantly hip-wigglin’ bassline.

The likes of No Artificial Colours, Cristoph, Hot Since 82 and Riva Starr are already supporting this one and with further releases already lined up from Reset Safari, Jerome Price and Architech, the future for Throne Room Records looks bright!

Out: This week

About: You can find out more by hitting up Throne Room Records on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Deejay Astral AKA Palace – Deejay Astral EP

December 11, 2015 in Singles

Deejay Astral Deejay Astral EP W&O Street TracksA pleasing variety of styles on this three-tracker from W&O Street Tracks and the young Romford producer known as Palace, who’s as of now adopting a new alias, Deejay Astral.

Phantasy is a sparse, throbbing slice of the deepest garage, its pounding, muted 4/4s and echoing organ stabs topped with a full female jazz vocal. Junction takes us into darker territory with its ominous speed garage b-line and ghostly cut-up fem vox, while closer Zen is a stripped, echoing bass beast topped with ethereal keys and male R&B “I don’t wanna lose your love” vox, that should appeal to older and younger heads alike.

Out: This week

About: W&O Street Tracks is headed up by Waze & Odyssey, and this is their 15th release. You can find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.