Dee Brown & Ufuk K – Street Love EP

October 14, 2015 in Singles

Dee Brown & Ufuk K Sweet Love EP Svogue MuziqAn international affair here, as Bradford’s Dee Brown teams up with Swiss producer Ufuk K for a release on Spanish label Svogue Muziq.

In its Original form, Street Love is a tuff, percussive houser with garage-y warping organ chords and yearnsome fem vox. The accompanying Dee Brown Edit takes us into more straight-up garage territory (think UKG of the Tuff Jam/Grant Nelson persuasion), while completing the package is Feelings For You, which marries slamming 4/4s to dreamy, lingering chords and tops the lot with another female vocal, in this case a simple “I’ve got a feeling, yeah, I’ve got a feeling” loop.

All good, but Dee’s edit takes the gold for me.

Out: Yesterday

About: You can find Svogue Muziq here, here and here.

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.

Dee Brown – Body Jerk EP

July 16, 2015 in Singles

Dee Brown Body Jerk EP Freche FruchteA three-tracker here from Hull’s Freche Fruchte and Bradford gal Dee Brown that sits right on the deep house/garage cusp.

Body Jerk itself kicks things off. Rock-solid kicks n’ claps underpin atmospheric synths that slowly give way to filtered keyboard stabs and “aw!” vocal inserts (both male and female), with a treated female “make your body move” vocal coming in later on. Hey Mary is even more garage-leaning with its shuffling beats, clipped organ/synth stabs and chopped vocal snips, while Need To Feel You plays us out on a more eyes-wide-shut and drifty, 4am kinda note.

If (like me) you dig deep house and UKG alike you’re gonna fiend for this one, trust!

Out: This week

About: Find Freche Fruchte on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jon Sweetname – Feeling Again EP

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Jon Sweetname Feeling Again EP House Trip RecordingsHere we have the first TIWWD appearance in a wee while from Middlesbrough’s House Trip Recordings.

In its original form, Feel Again is an unhurried affair sitting right on the deep/prog cusp, and will suit those who like their house on the arty/abstract/contemplative side. However I’m much more taken by the accompanying Not Even Close Remix by Dee Brown, a more straight-ahead deep house dancefloor jam with old-school piano stabs and even older-school vocal inserts (“it’s time to jack” and that “it’s the point of highest intensity” one).

The other original cut, Feeling ON (their caps), is a fairly chunky but nonetheless atmospheric midtempo number, with what sounds like Neville Chamberlain (!) or someone talking over the top. However, for me it’s again all about the remix as James Benedict takes us on a tripped-out, late-night dubby ride into outer space…

Out: This week on Traxsource, on general release from 11 May

About: Find House Trip Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dee Brown – Snare You Out EP

November 14, 2014 in Singles

Dee Brown Snare You Out EP Svoque MuziqMore garage-y vibes on this two-tracker from Scottish producer Dee Brown, who’s based in TIWWD’s original home town of Bradford.

On the A here, Snare You Out‘s title gives you a clue as to the kind of sparse, almost two-steppy drum patterns involved, which come topped with reverberating synth notes and a spoken vocal about “I’m tired of motherfuckers using that as an excuse to deflect when somebody says some real shit”. Reminiscent of some of the more quirky/leftfield/jazzy two-step of the early 00s, it’s fine, but the vocal repeats a few too many times for these ears… so it’s really B-side She Makes Me Hot that’s earning this its place here, thanks to its authentically skippy beats, killer Rhodes doodles and chopped-up soulful vox.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Svogue Muziq, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – New Autumn Sampler

November 1, 2014 in Singles

New Autumn Sampler 6th Sense MusicJust time for one more before the clock strikes midnight and it’s another V/A affair, this one coming from Manc label 6th Sense Music.

As with the Discobox release below, ‘quality house vibes direct from da underground’ is the headline here, albeit with this EP you will have heard of several of the artists involved. Dee Brown’s Diva is a classy garage-leaning groover with very familiar spoken female vox, Drew Tempest goes straight for the dancefloor jugular with the bodyrockin’ Unuse Mr E, Jay Marks’ Six6 is a more low-slung, hip-wigglin’ joint topped with female aahs and ohs, Louis Hughes & Middleman’s Sax Pest is actually quite percussion-led, given the title, but yes the eponymous  woodwind does eventually make its presence felt inna jazz-funk/Latin disco kinda way, Miss Mee’s Find Me takes us into the more chilled-out deep house zone à la DeepWit, while finally Music Owns You by Untaken City gets the organs out in crazy hepcat boogaloo fashion.

With a nice mix of styles to suit a range of DJs/floors and the quality meter set high throughout, truth be told this EP is something of a must-check – the Drew Tempest, Dee Brown and Untaken City cuts in particular.

Out: This week

About: Find 6th Sense Music here, here and here.

Michael Lovatt – Top Down EP

August 21, 2014 in Singles

Michael Lovatt Top Down EP Freche FrüchteA pleasing range of mixes on offer again, on this latest from Alex Alterskye’s Freche Früchte imprint.

In its Original form, Top Down is a nicely unhurried groove sporting garage-y organ stabs, meandering Balearic-style pianos and two contrasting vocals, one consisting mostly of female “oohs” and one a snatch of sampled male funk/rap vox. The Arara Remix takes us into late-night, pad-y deep house pastures, while the deep55 Remix operates in slightly more floor-friendly, struttier mode.

But it’s the Dee Brown Remix that takes top honours for me – a bass-y, hip-swayin’ slice of UK garage nouveau par excellence. Like the lady on the song says, it’s “something… special”.

Out: This week

About: You can find Freche Früchte, who are based in Hull, here, here and here.

Dee Brown – Love & Addiction EP

May 13, 2014 in Singles

Dee Brown Love & Addiction EP Midnight Social RecordingsA nice blend of deep house and garage influences on this four-track EP from Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings.

Opener Be Your Wish is a tuff-ish deep house jam that shows the influence of Ms Brown’s musical hero Derrick Carter in its slightly off-kilter beats, though what really caught my ear about this one was the heavily treated vocal sample from Gypsy Waters’ 100% Pure Love, a track that was rinsed by yours truly 20 years ago! Drugz N’ Stuff brings very now-sounding big bass to the party as well as some vaguely disturbing spoken female vocal samples, while Love That’s True works garage-y female vocal elements atop a midtempo chugging rhythm. And then finally there’s Stroke It For Me, which with its swung beats and breathy fem vox is essentially underground UKG by any other name…

This is Ms Brown’s first release, but you’d never guess it from the quality on offer.

Out: 9 June.

**AMENDED: This originally said “this week”, because I thought it was. But then it turned out I’m an idiot and can’t read.

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.