BiG AL – Profoundness

April 25, 2016 in Singles

BiG AL Profoundness Haute MusiqueSadly I seem to have run out of Sunday, so while there are still a few bits n’ bobs from this week I’d like to tell you about tomorrow, for now we’ll play out with this typically classy deep houser from our old friend Adel Ghandour AKA BiG AL, coming on his own Haute Musique imprint.

Three rubs of Profoundness to choose from. In its Original form its a chuggy, dub-tinged affair with cut-up vox, strings sweeps and a pleasingly unhurried feel overall. The Bucher Remix rocks tuffer kicks and has something of a druggier, 4am, tribal kinda vibe without getting stoopid about it, while Jero Nougues reaches into the disco goody bag and pulls out clappy beats which he then applies to a remix that takes us on a more epic, blissed-out journey.

All three are good but the Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Winter Collection Vol 1

January 9, 2016 in Singles

Winter Collection Vol 1 Myriad BlackWe end tonight in deeper house territory with a four-track sampler EP from Myriad Black, a label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before (but then this is only their seventh release).

Someone who has featured on TIWWD many times is BiG AL, and he gets the ball rolling here with Motion, a smooth-rollin’ dubby groove topped with looping female vocal snips and delicate synth FX… definitely one for warm-up or post-club play, this. K Smyth’s Think About It, by way of contrast, is very much aimed at peaktime dancefloors, being a very now-sounding,  bouncy, bassy cut with treated male vox. Sort of like that current ‘pseuodo deep house’ sound but done in an ‘actual deep house’ kinda way, if that makes any sense at all! Luke Anderson then gives us the rather lovely Don’t Know, a garage-leaning affair that owes a debt to both classic NJ and the likes of Tuff Jam, before Spuk! plays us out with the harder-hitting, techier Opening Chapter.

Yes, I know making Opening Chapter the last track seems a bit odd, but they have. We won’t hold that against ’em though cos this is a wicked little EP with something to suit house DJs of many persuasions.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 18 January.

About: You can find Myriad Black on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.

BiG AL – Deep Into Space EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL Deep Into Space EP Different AttitudesTypically fine deep house grooves here from my man Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour, coming this time not on his own Ready Mix Records or Haute Musique, but on a UK label TIWWD readers just might have come across before… Different Attitudes.

It’s a two-track affair. Deep Into Space itself is quite a trad-style deep house dancefloor jam, with a bumpin’, garage-y feel that’s augmented by chipmunk’d female “deep in love” vocal snips. Flip it over and you’ll find Woodstock Love, a much more uptempo, driving cut that’s clearly aimed at peaktime play and that sports jazzy trumpet fanfares and micro-snatches of soulful male vocal.

S’good, but Deep Into Space takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 4 Jan.

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook, why don’t you?

Jero Nougues – Blind Love EP

December 1, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blind Love EP Deep ClicksMoving into deeper house waters, here we have the latest from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its Original form, Blind Love is a dreamy, trad-style deep houser with muted, rolling beats, atmospheric synth washes, and an overall melancholic feel that’s heightened by the filtered male vocal. The latter’s a bit ‘synthpop’ for these ears, truth be told, but no matter because Ready Mix boss BiG AL is on hand with a brace of more floor-friendly remixes centred around a chunky walking bassline – one of which is an instrumental. You also get two mixes of Winter Breeze. Nougues’ original is a garage-tinged late night drifter par excellence, while a refix from Soul Academy leads us back onto the dancefloor while adding some female vocal fragments.

I’m going for BiG AL’s instrumental of the title track and Jero’s original of Winter Breeze, personally. You may differ. That’s okay, we can still be friends.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

BiG AL – East // West EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL East // West EP Haute MusiqueMore very deep house vibes here, albeit these ones – coming from BiG AL on his own Haute Musique – will be just as at home on the dancefloor as on the sofa.

East Coast Drive is up first, an unhurried number comprising solid kicks, disco handclaps and synth whooshes, an irresistibly jaunty-assed bassline, otherworldly Theremin-like sounds and a treated “let’s make it count” (?) vocal. Flip it for West Coast Drive, which opens with the kind of atmospheric synth-sweep intro that graced a thousand 90s jungle tear-outs, but then instead of fierce Amens introduces more of those no-nonsense 4/4s, another phat n’ squelchy b-line and some gorgeous female vocal snips, including a jazzy, scatty section in the beatless mid-section breakdown.

PROPER deep house bizniss, nuff said!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 9 Nov.

About: You can find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Adam Byrd – After Sunset EP

June 19, 2015 in Singles

Adam Byrd After Sunset EP Haute MusiqueSome superlative deep, jazzified house grooves on this latest from Haute Musique.

There are three mixes of After Sunset itself to choose from. The original’s a laidback affair perfectly suited to Ibiza sundown sessions, with gently shuffling beats, soaring saxomophone and plainitive electric geetar. BiG AL’s Deep Re-Think is more obviously aimed at deep house dancefloors and has dubby overtones, while the Christos Fourkis Somewhere Else Remix takes us further into all-out smooth jazz territory. You also get two mixes of Sweetest Sin: the warm, lazy and trumpet-soaked original and a struttier, bassed-up refix from Tony S.

The jazz-phobic will definitely want to look elsewhere but for the rest of this is sterling stuff, with Al and Tony unsurprisingly leading the charge.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 29 June

About: Find Haute Musique here and here.

Soul Academy – Give It

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Give It Haute MusiqueLast one for tonight, and we end with some very smooth deep grooves courtesy of BiG AL’s Haute Musique imprint.

In its Original form, Give It can safely be filed under “deep and soulful” with its crisp beats, wukka-wukking funk geetar, parping sax and soulful, echoing “give it” male vocal that does battle with a second, spoken vocal (“making a record’s kinda like building a house… what it needs is a solid base… and if it’s gonna stand the test of time, you gotta dig real deep”). The ‘bass’ pun doesn’t really work written down but you can see what they did there I’m sure!

Remix-wise, Jero Nougues takes us into blissed-out, ‘Ibiza sundown/sun-up’ kinda territory, while Deephope get down n’ funky, but the cream of a fine crop to these ears is BiG AL’s own Rub-A-Dub mix, a deep-as-you-like gem that, funnily enough, has an almost UKG-ish feel in the beats department.

Out: This week

About: Find Haute Musique here, here and here.

BiG AL – Brooklyn Groove EP

May 2, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL Brooklyn Groove EP Different AttitudesAnd from a brand new duo (TripMod, below), to a producer who needs no introduction to TIWWD readers – Ready Mix Records boss Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour.

Just the two tracks make up the EP. On the A, Brooklyn Groove itself is a deep and sultry houser with a pulsing b-line, insistent shakers, meandering organs and diva vocal wails. Flip it for the more uptempo I’ll Be Good, which has something of a 90s feel with its nagging piano riff and garage-y “I’ll be good to you baby” female vocal. No connection to Rene & Angela’s boogie classic of the same name, BTW.

Not much more to say except that these are very classy house grooves… as we’ve come to expect from BiG AL!

Out: This week (on general release)

About: This comes on Different Attitudes, who you can find here and here.

Harlem Knights ft Rebound – Funky Sashay EP

April 10, 2015 in Singles

Harlem Knights Funky Sashay EP Something DifferentThe clue’s in the title with this EP from Harlem Knights, AKA Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour (of Ready Mix Records fame) and Levente Szabo.

In its Original form, Funky Sashay itself rocks a big ass-shakin’ disco bassline straight outta the late 90s, stabby chords, handclaps, atmospheric synth washes and Magic Carpet Ride-ish vocal snips. Lukas Greenberg’s remix is deeper, slinkier and sleazier, while bonus cut Smoke is a more heads-down deep house jam that nods to both UKG and dub.

To these ears, Greenberg’s rub just leads what is a very fine pack.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Something Different, who you can find here and here. And seeing as I had it open anyway, here’s Harlem Knights’ own Soundcloud page, too.