Luke Solomon ft Nick Mauer – Re-Flex Part 1

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Luke Solomon Re-Flex Part_1 Classic Music CompanyIn which three recent Luke Solomon productions are handed over to a trio of remixers, with superb results.

First up is Jordan’s remix of The Acid Games, a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin affair with lots of squelchy 303 bass and a chanted “the rules are, there are no rules, there are no rules, there are no rules” vocal. Body Movement, as remixed by Denny, is a lo-slung n’ sleazy house groove propelled by a notice-me bassline and topped with more acieeeeeed squiggles and rap-style vocal snips. And then finally there’s Dance Electric, remixed by Borrowed Identity, which rocks an almost speed garage-like bassline, mucho use of the filters n’ flangers and the occasional “dance!” vocal exhortation.

Long story short? Proper shit-kickin’ house music from a veteran of the UK scene and a handful of young upstarts. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you of course by Solomon’s own (well, his and Derrick Carter’s) Classic Music Company. Find ’em dwelling in cyberspace here, here and here.

Spirit Catcher – Superimposed

May 3, 2015 in Singles

Spirit Catcher Superimposed GruuvMixes to suit a range of house tastes on this new EP from the ever-checkable Gruuv and Belgian scene veterans Spirit Catcher.

In its Original form, Superimposed itself is a summery, spangly slice of instrumental house music with Balearic/prog overtones. S’good but label boss Audiojack’s tuffer, bassier refix is the one that’s floating my boat the most, albeit the dreamier, late-night pass supplied by Borrowed Identity is none too shoddy. The other original cut included, Remember To Forget, is a team-up with Dubai producer Raxon. Even more epic and prog-leaning than the title cut, it’s accompanied by a Memory Remix from Kindimmer that takes us into deeper pastures, with a nod to Chi-town sounds of yore.

All good, but the Audiojack mix is the killer.

Out: This week

About: Find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Monosoul – June EP

September 20, 2014 in Singles

Monosoul June EP Smile For A WhileWe start off tonight on a nice deep n’ crunchy tip with this four-tracker from a label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before (but then this is only their third release), Germany’s Smile For A While Records.

June itself ain’t nothin’ but an unhurried, lolloping groove, its rolling drums, atmospheric synths and restrained but bouncy bassline topped with very tiniest of sampled vocal fragments. It comes accompanied by a Borrowed Identity Mix that opts for slightly tougher drums and chucks in “de-deep-deep-deeper!” vocal hits, though the latter remain inobtrusive, while the EP’s rounded out by New World (feat Johannes Albert), a more overtly floor-friendly affair with a hefty, strutty b-line, lingering synth chords, garage-y female vocal snips and a second, male spoken vocal, and Face Shift, a slinkier deep houser with disco/boogie leanings.

The latter track and the Borrowed Identity Mix of June vie for top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Smile For A While, who are based in Frankfurt, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Borrowed Identity – Bang Bang Boogie EP

April 21, 2014 in Singles

Borrowed Identity Bang Bang Boogie EP FINA RecordsA surprising lack of Sugarhill references on this fine four-track EP from Romanian producer Borrowed Identity.

Bang Bang Boogie itself is up first, which as I say DOESN’T sample Rapper’s Delight but does use the vocal from Class Action’s Weekend and throw in a tiny ‘beep beep!’ snip from Donna Summer’s Bad Girls for good measure! Said disco-sample melange is underpinned by a throbbing, acid-y bassline and classic house pianos and the whole thing is really rather splendid, albeit to these ears the vocal sits a little oddly against the beat in places.

Elsewhere on the EP, Mental State is a deep, instrumental acid jam topped with some AWB-ish brass, the vocoder-tastic Roboto Moves sits somewhere between acid and cosmic disco, and finally You’re Mine is classic-style funk/disco-fuelled dancefloor deep house, flecked with wukka-wukking guitars and topped with sweet female vocal snips that I’m sure I recognise but can’t quite put my finger on right now…

Strong stuff all round so not gonna pick a fave for this one.

Out: This week (digitally, though vinyl’s been knocking about for a couple of weeks, I’m told)

About: This comes on Fina Records, who you can mostly find on Soundcloud. They’re based in London and this is number 15 from them.