Black Blooms – Metropolis

April 29, 2015 in Singles

Black Blooms Metropolis 3am RecordingsEclecticism is definitely the name of the game here at TIWWD tonight… not only have we got three very different records but this one comes in three very different mixes, too.

In its Original form, Metropolis is a bit of a hotch-potch of a tune: it starts out all gurgling and acidic, throws in some Italo/nu-disco synths then gets all proggy on yo’ ass. It’ll keep bodies moving but to these ears it’s all about the remixes, as Hot Lipps Inc serve up a discofied deep/tech house rub that bites a hefty vocal chunk from D-Train’s classic Music while Noseur apply lashings of fat, squelchy analogue synth-bass on a darker, more heads-down pass that to these ears is the cream of the crop.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: This is brought to you by Al Bradley’s 3am Recordings, who as ever can be found here, here and here.

Howard Sessions – Dusted EP

June 8, 2013 in Singles

Howard Sessions Dusted EP 3am RecordingsThis came out on Monday, and now I look more closely at the hype sheet, I wish I’d reviewed it then, because the 3 June release date was chosen to mark ten years to the day since 3am Recordings’ first-ever release. Sorry Al… but happy belated birthday anyway!

Lost My Dog regular Howard Sessions is the man they’ve invited round for jelly and ice cream. Dusted in its original form is a dreamy, drifty but still energetic deep houser, tailor-made for afterhours floors and sporting a cheeky vocal steal from Circuit 22’s classic Shelter Me (also half-inched by Bizarre Inc back in the day). Audiotonic then serves up a lo-slung and chunkier refix with some killer wah-wah guitar licks.

You also get three mixes of Big Mike, a team-up between Howard and his brother Makka, all sporting the same sampled, spoken female vocal. The original could be Dave Lee with his Akabu head on, while a remix from Cargo resident Black Blooms operates in similar territory but with a heavier, druggier feel. Askani’s Latin Fusion Mix is fairly self-explanatory, really, though I’ve gotta say I’m not as convinced by the speeded-up vox here.

Nonetheless, a fine way to mark ten years in the game.

Out: This week, obviously

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