Various – Boys At SBB Vol 10

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Boys At SBB Vol 10 Shoes Bags & BoysGermany’s ever-excellent Shoes Bags & Boys present a 10th installment in their Boys At… EP series here, and a very fine addition to the series it is too.

We start off in very deep, dubby house/techno territory, as label bosses Ariane Blank & Albena Flores’ Sisters and Time To Waste get remixed by Juan Lombardo and Mauro Basso, respectively. Blank’s own Brain Out Idea as remixed by Leo Lang is a tropical-rhythm’d deep houser that’d work in the warm-up or for late-night, post-club play equally well, while Mikrohouse.net’s take on Tulia sits more firmly under the deep techno/minimal umbrella, as does Tim Englehart’s take on ChixUnighted’s Blue Rumours. As the EP draws to a close, we then veer into throbbing, prog-tinged pastures with Rishi K’s rub of ChixUnighted’s Peaceful World and Abu Bayar’s remix of En Da Lu by Stiva Carlberg, before ending on a smoother note with the Ben Ankes Remix of Like Me, again by Ms Carlberg.

Extremely classy stuff all round… then again from SBB we expect no less! It would appear to be the label’s 50th release as well, so congratulations to them on reaching that landmark, and here’s to much more to come…

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Boys at SSB Vol 8

November 30, 2013 in Singles

Boys At SBB Vol 8 Shoes, Bags & BoysDeep house from the techier side is the general order of the day on this excellent sampler EP from Shoes, Bags & Boys.

The premise is simple. Take nine back-catalogue tracks from seven (mostly, though not exclusively, female) artists, and get nine (I think all-male?) artists to remix them. As you’d expect with that many cooks stirring the musical pot there’s a fair amount of variety on offer – from, say, the bassy, R&B-vocalled main room deep/tech vibes of Jo Beshcil’s remix of Clara Noemi’s Lost Body, to the eyes-down 6am deepness of John Tejada’s refix of label boss Ariane Blank’s You Don’t Even Know Me (a track that’s been feted on TIWWD before), to the almost ambient, late-night grooves of Mikrohouse.net’s take on Om Phonic’s Yes Please More Please.

But that said, no-one’s steering too far away from the basic ‘deep, techy house’ blueprint, which means this is one sampler EP that works as an album, as well as it does as a collection of DJ tools. Highly recommended for Shoes, Bags & Boys fans, it would also be a great place to start if you’ve yet to discover the Frankfurt-based crew as most of the label’s key artists are represented.

Out: This week

About: You can find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Ladylike Vol 3

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Ladylike Vol 3 Shoes, Bags & BoysWith Ariane Blank having impressed so much with her remixes lately, it seems churlish not to give a shout to this latest V/A set from her Shoes, Bags & Boys label.

Four tracks on offer. Ms Blank herself is up first with You Don’t Even Know Me, nothing to do with the Armand classic of the same name but rather a deep, techy midtempo instrumental groove centred around woodblock-ish percussion and phased chords. Similarly plonky drum sounds adorn Words And Dreams from ChixUnighted, which truth be told operates in very similar territory all round, albeit here the percussion gets a bit glitchy for yours truly in places. Clara Noemi then takes us into afterhours territory with Lost Body, which starts out all deep n’ dubby then adds layers of synthy oddness, all topped with a looping male “I feel ’em… it’s okay” (I think he’s saying) male vocal, while finally Om Phonic’s Serpentine is a sparse, wonky, minimal-leaning cut.

It’s You Don’t Even Know Me that’s the killer here for me, though.

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dexter Ford – Our Sun [Remixes]

September 13, 2013 in Singles

Dexter Ford Our Sun DeepFirst out on the Deop label comp in 2012, then revisited on Deep’s Miami sampler earlier this year, Our Sun finally gets a full run-out all on its ownsome, with four mixes to choose from.

First up is the deliciously deep, techy throb of Ariane ‘Shoes Bags & Boys’ Blank’s mix, which is followed by the similar-sounding but slightly more pared-down and percussive ChixUnighted Remix. Ford’s own DXTR Remix is one for fans of wonky, analogue-flavoured techno, while Shawn Rubens’ mix brings the EP to a close in deep and dubbed-out techno style, though for me the reedy analogue synths and the big wobbly bassline don’t sit together that well.

Definitely Ariane that’s taking the gold here for me, with the ChixUnighted rub a close second… but, y’know, horses for courses and all that.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep, which is part of the Liquid Music stable, here.