Various – Deep-Nation

April 21, 2014 in Albums

Deep-Nation Clubstar RecordsThings have been a bit shoddy on the albums front here at TIWWD lately, and I AM planning to do a big catch-up thing soon. But this mixed offering from Germany’s ClubStar had to get a proper-sized shout for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a while since the ClubStar/Conya stable had some TIWWD love. Secondly, my old friend Henri Kohn has compiled and mixed it (alongside Pat Lezizmo).

And thirdly, it’s rather good. “Finest deep house tunes from Belgium,” is the album’s sub-title: the idea is there’ll be a series of these compilations, each showcasing the work of deep house producers in a given nation. And if they’re all as good as this, bring it on!

With 24 tracks in total, there’s a fair degree of stylistic variation on show, from the deep and soulful fare that’s long been ClubStar’s stock-in-trade (see, for example, D’Stephanie feat Melissa’s Back To Us or Maxim Lany’s Late & See), to more current-sounding, big room cuts like Avenue6’s Days Are Gone, to the glorious disco-electro squelch of AnthonyAnthony’s Glamour Girls Find Latex Sexy. But despite that, it all flows together nicely, with personal faves including the ruff-edged, stripped-down Jersey vibes of Rawdio’s Let’s Cook, Solco’s ace bass-rumblin’ Gasoline and the sumptuous late-night, lounge-y vibes of Leach’s Club Soleil.

Out: This week on CD and at iTunes, everywhere else digitally from 29 April

About: You can find ClubStar on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Henri Josh – Sputnik

October 18, 2012 in Singles

Henri Josh Sputnik Conya Digital

Seems like a while since we had anything from Conya Digital on here – compared to some labels at any rate! – but here they come again with this two-track, three-mix EP courtesy of Portuguese producer Henri Josh. Is it just me or are there are a LOT of good new producers coming out of Portugal at the moment?

Sleepy Side opens proceedings, a late night deep house journey with slight prog/Balearic leanings and a breakdown in the middle featuring some very nice electric piano doodling. That’s accompanied by a Deep Sleep Remix from Pat Lezizmo which tuffens up the beats a notch without losing the original’s languid, head-noddin’ feel, while rounding out the EP is Lost Feelings, a more twitchy, energetic cut altogether, again with some great keyboard sounds being used.

First I’ve heard from Henri Josh, but it’s promising stuff. Like I said, is it just me or…?

Out: This week

About: Germany’s Conya Digital are on Facebook or you can find ’em at the website of parent label Clubstar.

Thomas Lamachia – Days Of Wonder EP

June 4, 2012 in Singles

Speaking of people we haven’t featured on here for a while, here’s the latest from Germany’s Conya Digital! Long time long time…

The overall mood of the EP is deep house with techy/proggy overtones, but the three tracks do vary quite a bit.  Coming Back To Me is a lazy, meandering groove with a neat line in old-skool Balearic pianos, Days Of Wonder itself is an ever-so-slightly tuffer cut with a solid chunky bassline providing the backbone for its intricately layered synths and percussion sounds, while finally Munzstrasse looks to vintage Chi-town deep for inspiration, with a squelchy bassline that’s like swimming in aural treacle. That’s a compliment, by the way!

A nicely varied and very checkable EP, then, from this long-running label.

Out: Today on Beatport, everywhere else from 18 June

About: Round about now you’ll be expecting links for Conya Digital, won’t you? So here they are… Conya’s own Facebook page and the website for their mothership label, Clubstar