JFunc – Already Seen EP

February 21, 2016 in Singles

JFunc Already Seen Wiggly Worm RecordsThere’s a pleasingly old-school house feel to this two-tracker from Scottish producer Andy Jackson, AKA JFunc.

On the A, Already Seen is a warm-up/late-night kinda jam topped with a man’s voice talking about déjà vu, its warm, throbbing bass, tinkling pianos and omnipresent synth washes bringing to mind the kind of deep, dubby house that Italian label Irma used to specialise in back in the 90s. Flip it over and Eclipse is a notch livelier and its bassline a touch more current-sounding, but synths that are highly redolent of Collapse’s classic My Love lend the track an equally nostalgic feel.

Quality proper deep house vibes, nuff said!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 3 March

About: This is brought to you by UK label Wiggly Worm Records. This is only the label’s eighth release and they don’t seem to have much of an online presence yet, but they’re headed up by UK scene veteran Craig Stewart (Universe Media, DCS Trax, etc) and you can find them via his Soundcloud page.

Craig Stewart – Muon

March 26, 2014 in Singles

Craig Stewart Muon Flatgroove RecordsGreece’s Flatgroove Records haven’t made an appearance on TIWWD for quite some time (since August, in fact), but here they are again with a fine deep house slab from DCS Trax boss Craig Stewart.

In its original form, Muon features some lovely jazzy keys and trippy space disco FX sitting atop quite busy, techy percussion and a funky but understated bassline. A remix from Greek producer Nick Tsitlakidis AKA Distant Fragment heads deeper, losing the frenetic percussion and letting the b-line shine through, while finally Submantra’s Hypnotic Deep Remix has a similarly lush, late-night feel to Distant Fragment’s, but in this case underpinned by solid, thumping 4/4s throughout.

The latter rub just nudges it for yours truly, but Distant Fragment isn’t far behind.

Out: Friday (28 March)

About: You can find Flatgroove here, here and here.

Al Bradley – Remixed At 3am

October 6, 2013 in Singles

Al Bradley Remixed At 3am 3am RecordingsRegular readers will know I’ve long been a fan of 3am Recordings (it was on my watch at iDJ that we put out this back in 2004, for instance), and of label boss Al Bradley’s ‘3am Deep’ remixes for all and sundry. So this EP is something of a treat, as eight of said mixes for all and sundry, originally released on various other labels, are gathered together in one place.

Given that there are eight of ’em, I’m not going into each track/mix individually. But the original artists involved are 2 Billion Beats, Craig Stewart, Funkdamentalist, Honom, Max Conte & Blackmode, Nick Devon, Paul Hardy & McKai and Tim Wolff, plus Al himself in one instance. And in all eight instances, expect nothing but the finest deep house dancefloor grooves.

Special mention must be made of Craig’s discofied Karman Line and the twisted, druggy afterhours wrongnesss of Nick Devon’s So Addicted, but it’s all good. As they say.

Out: This week

About: Find 3am Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Craig Stewart – Not What You Know EP

October 1, 2011 in Singles

A solid little three-tracker from Mr Stewart here. And an interesting one, because I’m really not sure quite how you’d classify Not What You Know… it’s deep, techy, funky and a wee bit proggy, kind of all at the same time without falling neatly into any one of those pigeonholes.

Which is a good thing, obviously. So rather than even attempting to pigeonhole this one we’ll just call it house music and leave it at that, shall we?

Mix-wise, Audio Soul Project supply a more bumpin’ remix of the title track that satisfies with some BIG organ sounds, and then bonus cut It’s Who You Know sits on that deep/prog border, with some nice retro Chi-town synths, a druggy, wobbly b-line and hints of treated female vocal.

Out: This week

About: This comes on 3345 Music, who are based in Dallas and can be found in all the usual places like Soundface and Bookcloud.

FREE deep house cut by The Sleeper

August 2, 2011 in Singles

Another freebie for ya… I will get round to some reviews again soon, I promise, it’s just that with all the shenanigans going on at this end I’m kinda playing catch-up with the downloads at the mo’.

But anyway, Craig Stewart’s DCS Trax is a label you should be familiar with by now if you’re a regular reader of this blog: a UK-based imprint that blurs the boundaries between deep and soulful house nicely. Here for your downloading pleasure today, we have a track taken from their latest EP which is in stores now… if you dig this, there are Harold Heath remixes on the EP itself, which you can buy at Traxsource.
But in the meantime, here’s the freebie goodness…
About: And if you want to know more about DCS Trax, you can find ’em online here… actually at the moment all you’ll see is a pretty swirly pattern but you can email from there if you need to.