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.

Ben Mono – Why? EP

March 22, 2015 in Singles

Ben Mono Why? MadTechA three-track EP of very current-sounding, bass-y house vibes from Kerri Chandler’s MadTech.

The work of German producer Paul Beller (AKA Ben Mono, obviously), Why? itself leans towards the tech side of the tech-house equation, with no-nonsense kicks, metallic synth sounds and a chipmunk’d female vocal sample Acen would be proud of. The accompanying Xandi Remix brings the big warping bassline pressure, while bonus cut Rather Kill Me also comes packing some serious low-end welly but has a more UKG-ish feel.

All good, but Xandi’s rub nudges it for me.

Out: This week on vinyl, digitally from 29 March

About: You can find Madtech here, here and here.

Ben Mono – The Dub Feel

January 6, 2014 in Singles

Ben Mono The Dub Feel Definition MusicQuite tired tonight, so just the one the review for you. And it’ll be a quick review too, cos there are only the two mixes to tell you about.

The Dub Feel isn’t very aptly named, I should point out, cos there’s nothing dubby about it at all. Instead, in its original form it’s a hi-energy (but not Hi-NRG), peaktime kinda cut with one of those organ b-lines that graced so many Brummie bassline house records back in the early 00s. There’s some old skool ravey pia-pia-pianos in there too, which is a formula pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on this reviewer’s face! On the flip you’ll find Urulu’s Anxiety Mix which is a far more restrained pass in a contemporary deep/tech style.

The latter mix is certainly playable but it’s the Original I’m loving here.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Swiss label Definition Music, who can be found here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web). Oh, and Ben Mono is German and has a CV that takes in Permanent Vacation, Compost and Stil Vor Talent.