Some MORE albums, quickly…

November 11, 2015 in Albums

I’m on a roll with this ‘potted album reviews’ malarkey so here’s some that are dropping THIS week…

Microscapes Vol II Buena Onda RecordsVarious – Microscapes Vol II
A VA comp here from a label who’ve never featured on TIWWD before – France’s Buena Onda Records. Don’t know much about them, but based on this evidence I’d like to find out more! Across Microscapes Vol II‘s 12 tracks you’ll find various flavas of house music, starting out seriously deep (Ekstendia’s Luana is a killer) then progressing into more uptempo (but still pretty deep, in the overall scheme of things) tech/prog territory as the album progresses, all coming from eight artists in total of whom only a couple of names (Knip, Gurwan) are even vaguely familiar. File under ‘unexpected pleasures’.

Golden Lounge 3 Clubstar RecordsVarious – Golden Lounge Vol 3
Here, long-running German label Clubstar present 29 tracks of nosebleed techno and 240bpm nu-gabba… nah, not really. Well, the 29 tracks bit is right… beyond that, expect neo-soul, bruk beat, ultra-chilled house, drifty Balearica, lo-fi hip-hop and other assorted horizontal grooves, coming from a mixture of big names (Jose Padilla, Andy Caldwell, The Rurals, DJ Pippi) and, er, some not quite so big names. The whole thing’s compiled and mixed by label boss Henri Kohn, with CD1 a bit more beat-oriented and CD2 taking us deeper into the sofa-surfin’ zone.

Nu Breeds 10 Spring TubeVarious – Nu Breeds 10
It seems like a little while since Spring Tube had any TIWWD love so let’s rectify that now with a quick peek at the latest in their long-running series of VA compilations. As is par for the Nu Breeds course, you won’t find any big names here… what you WILL find is plenty of smooth, classy electronic tuneage. Spring Tube’s natural musical stomping ground is that area where deep and progressive house collide, and that’s amply reflected in this set, with Moonwatch3r’s Dreams and Nio March’s Delight Me particularly worthy of your attention.

Various – Tom Tam Club Vol 3

September 14, 2015 in Albums

Tom Tam Club Vol 3 Holic TraxPlaying catch-up on a Monday evening yet again, with a couple of compilations from last week still to tell you about. We’ll start with this one, in which Holic Trax label boss Tomoki Tamura gathers together a third selection of upfront nuggets for your listening/spinning/dancing pleasure.

Eight tracks from as many artists, and it’s a pretty wide-ranging collection. We start with Rough Principles’s Pool Back, a melodic instrumental that nods to classic Chicago-style deepness. Habitual Nastiness from Mr Statik is a strange one, an off-kilter affair with what appear to be Theremin sounds and one of the oddest bits of sampled film dialogue* that you’ll hear this year. Point from Marco Faraone and Copenhagen from Ashworth take us into tech/minimal territory, Brunbjrn gives us wonky garage reminiscent of early Madhouse on M’About Ta, and Dubinsky’s Viol Groove is a chugging Balearic house thang. The EP then plays out on a deeper note with the dubby minimalism of Dudley Strangeways’ Brown Leaves and the languid, jazzy trip-hop/bruk beat of Baslow’s Closer.

Given the variety on offer you might not dig every single track equally here, but as a collection of forward-thinking underground music from across a wide genre spectrum, this is hard to fault.

Out: Now

About: You can find Holic Trax on Soundcloud, Facebook and Bandcamp.

* From 2012 Denzel Washington movie Flight, Google informs me.

Danced Til Midnight – Sun Bleach

March 19, 2015 in Singles

Danced Til Midnight Sun Bleach EP Thylacine RecordsSomething of a change of pace now, as TIWWD’s attention turns to this four-track EP from brand new UK label Thylacine Sounds.

The EP opens with Sun Bleach itself, which is like car chase funk given a hefty dose of Latin swing, embracing as it does batucada drums, mariachi brass and flamenco guitars, as well as some seriously wigged-out psychedelic flourishes. Step It Up, which follows, is a phat n’ squelchy, brass-laden bruk beat affair, while Tall Black Guy collab Wheat Bread And Eggs is a slice of leftfield/downtempo electronica, again with lashings of rude bass. Finally, to close out the EP comes Flour And Eggs, which operates in similar territory to the title track only with added rawk guitar squalls.

There are a LOT of musical ideas here, and to be honest some pan out better than others. But as a statement of intent from a new label, it’s certainly one to prick up the ears. File under ‘eclectic funk’.

Out: This week

About: Can’t seem to find a website for Thylacine Sounds but you can find Danced Til Midnight on Facebook.

Kaua – Spuma EP

April 23, 2012 in Singles

Some serious deepness here from Switzerland’s ever-excellent Acryl Music and Japanese producer Kaua.

The title track Spuma itself is the most obviously dancefloor-oriented of the three tracks on offer, a deep n’ moody groover topped off with dreamy, floaty, proggy twiddles. Next up, Abelia is a late-night, sofa-surfin’ kinda thang with ambience galore, periodic injections of fat squelchy bass, mournful brass and glitchy broken/two-step beats.

But while those are both very cool, the killer to these ears is Owni, which is as fine a slice of heavy dub-inspired deep house/deep techno bizniss as you’ll hear all week. In fact it’s probably closer to straight-up dub than anything… but that’s by no means a problem, obviously. Crucial vibes, seen?

Out: For a couple of weeks on Beatport, but getting a full worldwide release this week.

About: Find Acryl Music at their website, on MySpace and on Soundcloud.

Matteo Floris – Someone Is Rockin’ EP

February 5, 2012 in Singles

The experimental meets the traditional here, on an EP from 3am packing some VERY different mixes.

In the experimental/leftfield corner we have two originals from Floris himself. If you like your beats fractured, your rhythms chopped and stuttered and your headspace fucked with, then you should dig both Someone Is Rocking and Stolen Party, both of which also come complete with chopped-up snatches of Cockney vocal. Think of the kind of deep house that might appeal to fans of Domu, 4hero or Luke Vibert…

But in the traditional corner, we have two remixes that, I must admit, are more up TIWWD’s disco dolly street. In Michael Scott’s hands, Stolen Party becomes a bass-led deep houser with slight overtones of 80s groove/boogie. But the real star of the show is label boss Al Bradley, who shows the young ‘uns how it’s done on his Rock Your Body Dub of Someone Is Rockin’. Layered, echoing 4/4s, rising synth stabs, a rumbling b-line and sparingly-used sax squiggles join the tiniest of vocal snips here to create a proper deep house delight that’d be just as at home on the dancefloor or the sofa.

With cuts to suit a range of tastes, then, this is worth checking all round. But Al’s Dub is the killer for me.
Out: This week
About: You can find 3am Recordings on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various – Late Night Chronicles

October 18, 2011 in Singles

A four-track EP from Soiree Records concentrating, as you’ve probably guessed, on mellower vibes on a post-club kinda tip. As it’s from Detroit, I guess we should use the word ‘beatdown’ as well.

CloudMasterWeed gives us Sunny (remixed by Mattimo-Perine), a very deep and quite slow number with bruk-style percussion, pulsating pads, nicely understated minor-key jazz pianos and what I could swear is a sample of Presuming Ed’s chanting from Withnail & I! Blackjack’s Triaxial is more firmly in deep house territory but just as dreamy and drifty, while Professor Inc’s Quindrant Dub is for those who like it a little techier and more experimental. And more minimal, cos it’s barely even there at times!
But the star of the show here for me is Peppermint Kisses by Drivetrain, AKA Derrick Thompson, who I hadn’t heard anything from I don’t think since the excellent One Wish Wonder album on Little Angel in 2005. It’s a simply sumptous slice of sultry, soulful and uber-deep house… with some rather filthlicious spoken vox if you listen carefully.
All told, a highly recommended purchase for sofa surfers and lounge lizards everywhere.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Soiree International. Based in the Motor City as I said, the label is run by Derrick Thomson himself and was also home to Drivetrain’s OTHER 2005 album, which I’ve only just found out about, The Deepest Harmony Of Drivetrain. Hey, every day’s a school day…