Various – We Are Smiley Vol 10

August 23, 2014 in Singles

We Are Smiley Vol 10 Smiley FingersLastly for tonight, we have this seven-track sampler from London’s ever-prolific Smiley Fingers.

Some of the names involved (Larry Cadge, Adam Helder, Dave Storm, DJ Linus, Da Fresh, Rick Sanders) will be familiar to TIWWD readers, and especially to fans of the label; others (Daniele Stella, Kisch, TrockenSaft) perhaps less so. Similarly, there’s a mix of label faves and new material… and with seven tracks in total I’m not going into each one individually.

Storm’s pulsing, midtempo, acid-flecked Surrounded with its “this is a house break” vocal is one highlight, DJ Linus’s big bass throbber Behind Myself another, Da Fresh’s stripped-down afterhours jacker Someone with its haunting Xenia Beliayeva vocal and dubwise FX yet another. But overall, suffice to say if Smiley Fingers’ trademark brand of groovy, rollin’ tech-house and big-assed deep house vibes floats your boat generally – as it certainly does mine – then this collection is a bit of a no-brainer.

Out: Tomorrow (24 Aug)

About: You can find Smiley Fingers here, here and here.

Jonathan Rosa – Shut It Down

April 25, 2014 in Singles

Jonathan Rosa Shut It Down Freshin RecordsThree on a tech-house tip for you tonight, starting with this nice simple two-tracker from Freshin Records.

In its Original form, Shut It Down is a very current-sounding deep/tech affair, propelled along by shaker-tastic beats and a nice chunky, chuggy bass throb, and topped with a downpitched male “put that funky dress on” vocal. For yours truly, though, the real action is over on the flip, where label boss Da Fresh serves up a re-rub that’s powered by no-nonsense tech-house drums and augmented by insistent pulsing synths as well as some killer space disco stabs.

As I said, the latter rub pips it for me but both should prove reliable floor-movers for sure.

Out: This week

About: Freshin Records are based in France and can be found here, here and here.

Da Fresh – Mind Funk’d

April 30, 2012 in Singles

I’m not a big techno man, as you know… but it is nice to get some decent techno on TIWWD every so often and this is definitely decent techno.

Mind Funk’d comes from Freshin Records label boss Da Fresh, and there’s just two of his own mixes to choose from. The Original Mix uses driving but quite house-y 4/4s as the basis for a nagging, off-beat bleeping synth hook, topped off with various other FX and sci-fi stabs for good measure, while on the Dub, things get even more sparse n’ stripped, taking us to the fringes of ‘minimal’ territory but still with that head-frying synth in full effect.

A techno club groover that’s got enough energy and enough unique charm to potentially win it friends outside of techno circles as well.

Out: Today

About: Freshin, a French label specialising mostly in techno and tech-house, can be found here, here and here (website, Facebook, Soundcloud)