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!

Max Donato – Random

June 13, 2015 in Singles

Max Donato Random Liquid GroovesOur second offering of the night from the Liquid stable here.

On the A, the Original version of Random is an absolute stormer… a stormer in the deep house sense, that is, by which I mean you’re unlikely to hear this rocking the main stage at Ultra or Coachella any time soon! But if headnoddin’ deep-as-you-like organ grooves à la Jovonn or Moodymann sound like your cuppa tea you need to check for this one immediately.

Christ Burstein supplies a slightly techier refix that opts for busier percussion and a beefier bassline while toning down the organs… but it’s the Original all the way for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: This one is brought to you by the Liquid Grooves branch of the Liquid family… find ’em here and here.

Christ Burstein – Petit Bebe

May 16, 2015 in Singles

Christ Burstein Petit Bebe Liquid GroovesRight, due to unforeseen circumstances I have to go out… which means the whole raft of deep house goodness I had lined up for you tonight, is going to have to wait until tomorrow now! There’s just time, though, to tell you about this neat little two-tracker from Liquid Grooves.

Petit Bebe feat Valentine Berard, to give it its full title, is in its original form a groovy little deep house nugget with twitchy drums, snatches of French female vocal and a druggy, warping synth line. However it’s really the accompanying Max Donato Remix that’s doing it more for me, wherein the glitchy drums are swapped out for much more straightahead 4/4s, the vocals are all but dispensed with and that trippy synth is pushed firmly front and centre…

Out: This week

About: Liquid Grooves is of course the flagship of the Liquid label family, and can be found here and here.

Christ Burstein – Ko Pha Ngan

February 10, 2014 in Singles

Christ Burstein Ko Pha Ngan DeepA neat lil’ three-tracker here coming from Miami imprint Deep.

Ko Pha Ngan itself opens proceedings, a chunky, driving deep house groover that makes great use of the rap vocal from a certain well-known InDeep tune from the early 80s, and sports some pretty killer vintage-sounding keys to boot. Lost & Found, up next, features a full female vocal from Dominique Silva Cusido that’s vaguely reminscent of Smokin’ Beats’ Dreams in places and that sits atop muted, rolling percussion and chuggy synths, while rounding out the EP is the weirdly titled Tube Senica & Bajareque, a techier and slightly glitchier, more abstract affair.

Another fine offering from a label who’ve been cropping up on this blog quite a bit of late, with the title track a dead cert for booty-moving purposes thanks to that familiar vocal…

Out: This week

About: Find Deep on Facebook or at their own website.