Deeper Than L – On Me

April 29, 2015 in Singles

Deeper Than L On Me Proof RecordingsNext up tonight we have this slab of chunky, bass-y bizniss from a label that haven’t featured on TIWWD until now, Proof Recordings.

Five mixes of On Me to choose from. The original reminds me of those MK dubs of Jodeci back in the day, what with its throbbing bassline and cut-up male R&B vox. The more stripped-down Bear Essentials Remix opts for an even deeper, darker bassline, label boss Danny O (AKA Daniel O’Sullivan) takes us on a housier, more funkified ride, Steve Kelley serves up a pounding take that could easily cross over to tech-house floors while finally Loopsize’s busier, more polished mix is probably the one with the most mass market appeal.

Fans of Sweep The Floor, New Politics or Form-and Function are strongly advised to check for this one, with the Original and Bear Essentials rubs standing out for me.

Out: This week

About: This is only number six from Proof Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook

Danny O – No Going Back EP

October 15, 2014 in Singles

Danny O No Going Back EP Something Different AgainDeep, dark tech-house is the order of the day on this two-track, four-mix EP from Something Different Again.

In its Original form, No Going Back tops mid-paced, shaker-tastic beats and warping synths with a spoken female “once you go there, there’s no going back” vocal, while the accompanying refix from Scientific Funk opts for somewhat simpler (and housier) percussion but keeps the overall space-y, trippy feel. The other original cut, Number 34,  is slightly pacier, with spoken French vocals (a film sample?) and an interesting bell-like synth bass sound; Lau Frank then serves up a remix that nudges the track further into techno territory.

Tuff + dark – stoopid = bomb. That’s science, that is.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different Again on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Danny O – The Realm EP

February 20, 2014 in Singles

Danny O The Realm EP Seamless DeepA neat little three-tracker here from Seamless Deep.

Opener Pleasure From Poison is a contemporary-style deep houser (but without the pop/big room or cold/clinical overtones that term can often imply) sporting a spoken vocal from some guy who’s “not there for the VIP area or the champagne”, he’s “just going for the music”. Saturday Vibe, in contrast, is a more trad-style affair with male and female “got to have you” vocals and some decidedly 90s pianos (and so naturally gets my vote), while finally The Realm itself is a more driving cut that revisits a famous old vocal which I personally remember from DJ Massive’s Point Of Intensity (1991), though I’m sure it’s from somewhere else before that…

Just enough variety here to keep things interesting, not so much that the EP loses any coherence.

Out: This week

About: Danny O is currently a resident at Bora Bora in Ibiza. You can find the Seamless label family here.

Danny O – Bella EP

March 30, 2013 in Singles

Danny O Bella EP Hype MuzikAfter lots of tech-house tonight (below), let’s move into deeper pastures. This five-track EP from Hype Muzik actually sits right on the deep house/tech-house divide (if there is such a thing) but leans a little more towards the former.

Bella itself is a midtempo chugger with a nagging, lolloping synth riff and a long chunk of quite unusual (you’ll see what I mean when you hear it) sampled female speech. Miles Davis is a more housified ride with frantic hand percussion, warbling (but not annoying!) flutes and a vocal that’s clearly been sampled from a live album by Davis himself, Sermon (Can I Go Deeper) is another housey, chuggy affair with a black consciousness vocal, Spirits invokes the spirit of very early progressive house while finally the oddly-titled You Know What They Say Flute is a 4am deep house groover with the eponymous wind instrument used to invoke a dreamway, eyes-wide-shut, blissed-out kinda vibe.

Quite a stylistically varied EP overall then, but all five tracks work well so hats off!

Out: This week

About: Hype Muzik is of course part of Norman H’s Stripped empire.

Danny O – Bossa EP

July 16, 2012 in Singles

Danny O Bossa EP Hype Muzik

It’s a tale of two Dannies on TIWWD tonight… first up is Danny O, who serves up an EP of very contemporary-sounding deep/tech house on Essex label Hype Muzik.

Bossa itself, or rather Bossa Nights, works what I THINK is a tiny bite from that classic, “It’s just like when you get a cup of coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong” sample, pairing it with a simple two-note bass/synth parp and beats that are so stripped back, toppy and minimal that, while all very ‘now’ and that, they also remind me of Azuli Black’s excursions into the more far-out regions of two-step back circa 2000… only in 4/4 rather than two-step time.

It’s accompanied by Bossa Beats, which ISN’T the even-more-stripped pass you might be expecting, but an altogether funkier deep house groove reminiscent of classic west coast bizniss. Elsewhere on the EP, Comfort Zone is more now-sounding deep/tech goodness, while Don’t Be Alarmed is a more glitchy, minimal-leaning cut.

With a range of styles on offer, this is Hype’s best in while for my money.

Out: Tomorrow

About: Hype Muzik is part of the Stripped Muzik family… as I’m sure you know by now.