Ray Okpara & Christian Nielsen – Alibi EP

September 20, 2015 in Singles

Ray Okpara & Christian Nielsen Alibi EP Danse Club RecordsOkay, so the plan was to keep things seriously deep tonight… trouble is, I’m an idiot and realised I hadn’t done this one! So we end on a more floor-friendly note with some very fine chuggin’ house grooves courtesy of Danse Club Records.

Alibi itself, in its Original form, is quite lively by deep house standards, and features a hip-shakin’ bassline, whooshy synth stabs/drones and crisply rolling beats, atop which sits a slightly blue-y, falsetto male “shoulda known, shoulda known from the start” vocal that breaks out in full towards the end. It’s accompanied by a Dub that loses the vox and most of the whooshy synths. The other original included here, Never Stop, starts out with no-nonsense 4/4s, a hesitant-sounding bassline and watery noises, slowly adding snatches of spoken male vocal as the b-line becomes more insistent. A not-vastly-dissimilar Dub then completes the package.

All good, but it’s the Original of Alibi that’s the killer.

Out: This week

About: You can find Danse Club Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Brodanse – Train Of Thought EP

January 5, 2015 in Singles

Brodanse Train Of Thought EP Danse Club RecordsThe brotherly duo known as Brodanse serve up a very fine two-tracker here on their own Danse Club label.

On the A, Train Of Thought itself is quite aptly named – with its rumbling bass and simple rolling beats, it actually does chug along a little like a choo-choo train. The insistent, hypnotising deep house groove is topped off with tiny fragments of spoken/whispered female vocal from one Elli, while some quirkly little synth bleeps here and there help to keep the listener on his/her toes. On the flip, the instrumental Secret Service is a notch techier and chunkier, but similarly simple and hypnotic – and every bit as good.

Wicked stuff as ever from the Smart brothers!

Out: Today

About: Find Danse Club Records here, here and here.

95 North – Let Yourself Go [Remixes]

February 23, 2013 in Singles

95 North Let Yourself Go Danse ClubSomething of ‘back to the old school’ theme linking today’s reviews, starting with this re-issue of 95 North’s classic Let Yourself Go.

First out on Kult Records in 1995, it now gets a new lease of life courtesy of Danse Club Records, who specialise in 90s US house reissues. The pounding dark garage original’s included, as is the original, deeper Let Yourself Go Mix, but those two now come accompanied by new mixes from the cream of today’s production crop – Matt Tolfrey, Moodymanc (with two rubs) and Brodanse, AKA Danse Club label bosses Scott & Austen Smart.

That original Let Yourself Go Mix is still sounding pretty darn special, but with talent like that on the remix, mixing up classic garage sounds with more contemporary deep house vibes, you can’t go wrong really – Tolfrey and Brodanse’s rubs share top honours for me I think (sorry Danny!) but it’s a pretty darn special package all round.

Out: This week

About: You can find Danse Club on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. They’re based in London and this is the third release in their ‘Gold Series’ – every one a winner to date.

Cherie Lee – Love Me Or Leave Me (The Remixes)

December 8, 2012 in Singles

Cherie Lee Love Me Or Leave Me Danse Club Records

TIWWD is now back from holiday… and feeling slightly worn-out from travelling. Will be back up to speed tomorrow but for now just wanted to tell you about this, which I have to say TOTALLY dominated the holiday iPod!

Love Me Or Leave Me first came out back in 1995. The original Club Dub is presented here as a memory-jerker – and a more sumptuous organ-led slab of deep n’ groovy proper garage you’ll struggle to find this week, or indeed this year. More importantly for our purposes, though, you also get three brand new refixes to play with. Oliver $ drops the organs and tuffens up the drums a notch, Brodanse’s rub is stripped back and a tad pacier, while Matthew K takes us into more contemporary deep house pastures.

Ageing garage snob that I am, I’ll be honest and say it’s still the ’95 version that I’m loving the most, but all three of the re-rubs do a fine job of bringing the track up-to-date for younger floors – respectfully, and without detracting from the essence of the original. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: This comes on brand new UK imprint Danse Club, run by Scott and Austen Smart AKA Brodanse Brothers, and is the first in a series of ‘Gold Series’ releases from the label that, in their words, “will feature classic records from the 90s re-mastered and remixed by leading producers”. You can find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud.