City Soul Project – Truth Be Told feat JoySoul

September 10, 2015 in Singles

City Soul Project Truth Be Told City Soul RecordingsYou can always rely on City Soul Project for some classy trad-style grooves, and this latest offering doesn’t disappoint.

Opening with tuff kicks n’ claps Truth Be Told then adds, first spoken female vocal snips, then a phat walking disco bassline, and, finally a full-lunged, vaguely Shay Jones-ish vocal from JoySoul and filter disco-esque keyboard trills. The end result won’t win any innovation awards, doesn’t break any new ground and leaves all envelopes resolutely unpushed… it is, however, as fine a slab of ‘classic’ house music as you’ll hear this week.

Just the one mix, but it’s all you’ll need.

Out: This week

About: This comes as ever on Scott and Ryan’s own City Soul Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Cerrone – Hooked On You [City Soul Project Unreleased Edit]

July 13, 2015 in Singles

Cerrone Hooked On You City Soul Project EditFrom funk to disco, as City Soul Project rework Cerrone’s 1981 disco classic and serve it up as a free download.

Not gonna say too much, seeing as you can just grab it from the link below, but basically they’ve dropped Jocelyn Brown’s main vocal from the Original, looped up the falsetto “everybody’s trying, trying for the maximum” chorus and chucked it atop a disco-house backdrop that’ll bring back memories of the French touch/filter disco era, at least for those old enough.

I’d grab it while you still can, if I were you…

Out: Now

About: All you really need for this one is the Soundcloud link

City Soul Project – Be Bop Thing [Jay Vegas Remix]

March 30, 2015 in Singles

City Soul Project Be Bop Thing City Soul RecordsSlightly misleading title to this latest City Soul Project offering… if you came looking for ker-razy Charlie Parker sax solos, you’re gonna be disappointed! But Be Bop Thing is worth checking all the same, being a gently lolloping, disco-leaning deep house groover with a looping female “I’ll give you love” vocal sample, augmented by fluttering flutes and a male voice intoning the title every now and then.

Just the one mix, so not a lot more I can tell you really.

Out: Today

About: This comes on the boys’ own City Soul Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud, while Scott and Ryan themselves can be found on Facebook.

City Soul Project – Stay Together

October 8, 2014 in Singles

City Soul Project Stay Together City Soul RecordingsWe kick off tonight on a soulful tip with this latest from City Soul Project.

Coming hot on the heels of their Codes & Symbols EP for Nite Grooves, Stay Together is a trad-style vocal houser that’s highly reminiscent of Akabu’s classic Ride The Storm both musically and lyrically, only underpinned by relentlessly shufflin’, hi-hat-tastic beats.

Just the one mix so not much more to say, really… except that the soulful house massive will lap this up for sure!

Out: This week, I think

About: This comes on the boys’ own City Soul Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

City Soul Project – Codes & Symbols EP

October 1, 2014 in Singles

City Soul Project Codes & Symbols EP Nite GroovesAnd from a label who are quite new and haven’t featured on TIWWD before (Russian Dollz, below) we move to one of the longest-running house labels there is! Nite Grooves is the label in question – part of the King Street family, as if you didn’t know – and this week they’re bringing us this two-tracker from City Soul Project.

On the A, Codes & Symbols nods towards the currently en vogue bassy house style, yet somehow still retains the classic feel that we know and love CSP for. Oh, and it features the late, great Terrence McKenna talking over the top (“What we really are is a community of mind, knitted together by codes and symbols”), just so’s you’ll know it when you hear it! On the flip, meanwhile, Luv U More is a little more in the traditional/soulful vein, with a killer organ hook, Latin-tinged percussion and a treated “I’m about to lose my mind” vocal.

Quality stuff, but then City Soul Project don’t really do anything else…

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 25 November

About: You can find Nite Grooves (and King Street and Street King) here, here and here.

Miss Luna – Not The Same Old Day

August 24, 2014 in Singles

Miss Luna Not The Same Old Day Blue DyeKeeping things strictly on the deep house tip tonight, we kick off with this EP for Germany’s Blue Dye label by Ibiza-based DJ/producer Miss Luna.

City Soul Project’s Classic Mix of Not The Same Old Day – actually credited to Miss Luna feat DeRHINO – is an unsuprisingly, er, classic-style deep houser, with pads to die for, understated 4/4s, shimmering synth sweeps and snatches of laidback, spoken male vocal. The Helly Larson Remix operates in similarly trad-style territory, but is a stripped-back, more percussive pass that brings the vocal to the fore, while the Deep Vox Mix sports some tinkling ivories not heard on the other two rubs. Rounding out the EP is The 5th Of My (Il 5 Maggio), a sultry late-night gem with spoken, male Spanish vox.

City Soul Project take the gold for me but this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: You can find Blue Dye, who are based in Munich, here, here and here.

City Soul Project – The Hot One

August 12, 2014 in Singles

City Soul Project The Hot One City Soul RecordingsCity Soul Project The Hot One City Soul RecordingsAnd speaking of “tracky shit” (see below), that’s a description that’d fit this one-track promo from City Soul Project nicely, too.

Take tuff-ish kicks, add a hefty dose of terrace-friendly hand percussion, season liberally with some rousing Latin brass that Randy Muller himself could be proud of, and sprinkle some energy-infusing synth whooshes and echoing “One!” shouts over the top.

Repeat for 7 minutes 21 seconds, watch bodies move on dancefloors. Job done.

Out: This week

About: This comes atcha on the boys’ own City Soul Recordings, who you can find here and here.

City Soul Project – CSR001

January 19, 2014 in Singles

City Soul Project CSR001 City Soul RecordingsLast but definitely not least tonight comes this debut release from City Soul Recordings, a brand new label masterminded (as you might have guessed) by City Soul Project, AKA Scott Harrington and Ryan Briggs. Given the quality of CSP’s work for i! Records and various other labels, not to mention the consistently fine output of Scott’s Savoir Faire Musique label, you’d expect this to be something a bit special. And something a bit special it is, as Scott and Ryan get their disco shimmy on.

There’s just the two tracks. Be Bop Thing despite the title (and the male voice that intones it periodically) doesn’t have anything particularly jazzy about it, being instead a shiny, shimmery slice of looped-up disco house/filter disco with a female “as much as you can stand/I’ll give you love” vocal, which presumably is sampled from somewhere tho’ I’m afraid my trainspotting powers fail me on this one. Over on the B meanwhile there’s a much easier bit of sample-spotting to be done, as Ah Shucks takes the spoken vocal section from First Choice’s Let No Man Put Asunder (y’know, the “no man in the world can let go of this” bit) and places it atop rock-solid kicks, sprightly, skippy keys and rolling, surging chords.

For lovers of dat real deal shiznit, this is pretty much unmissable.

Out: This week

About: City Soul Recordings seems to exist mostly on Soundcloud at the moment but there’s a Facebook page for City Soul Project themselves too.

Northeye & Frankin – Back Home

December 5, 2013 in Singles

Northeye & Frankin Back Home i! RecordsSome more traditional-style vocal house/garage grooves now courtesy of the mighty i! Records.

There are three mixes of Back Home on offer. The deep, sparse and throbbing original could have beamed straight in from mid-90s NYC… which of course is a good thing in my book. D.Kowalski’s remix with its heavy bassline and UKG-ish chipmunk’d vox is a tad more current-sounding, while City Soul Project supply a rub that keeps the classic elements of the original intact, but adds a little more texture by way of shuffling percussion and mucho use of the filters.

Liking all three mixes, to be fair, but it’s the Original that stands out.

Out: This week

About: You can find i! Records on Facebook or at www.irecordings.com

City Soul Project – The Music, The Feeling

October 21, 2013 in Singles

City Soul Project The Music, The Feeling Deep8 RecordingsJust occasionally, I get sent a record that’s so up my street I almost suspect them of cheating. In this case it’s City Soul Project who are arousing my suspicions, because not only have they come up with a deep house jam that’s essentially an M1 organ plus a looped Kicking In The Beat sample, they’ve also got Harold Heath to supply a slightly deeper remix. How was TIWWD ever not gonna be digging that?

Just to throw me off the scent they’ve included some other mixes too: Patrick Podage ditches the organ in favour of a druggy, almost slo-mo vibe, Smak AKA Steve McCready opts for some old skool pianos (borderline cheating in itself) while Teenage Mutants serve up a bassy, throbby rub that’s perhaps the most in-tune with current broader trends. But I know what they’re up to.

Out: Today (though I think it might’ve been on Beatport last week)

About: This comes on Deep8 Recordings, who are based in that London. Find ’em here, here and here (FB, Soundcloud, web)