Various – Remixed by Deep Active Sound

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Remixed By Deep Active Sound DeepWit RecordingsFairly obvious what’s going on from the title I guess, but just to be 100% clear, here we have an EP from DeepWit Recordings featuring three tracks by different artists, all remixed by Russian producer Mihail Bessmertny, AKA Deep Active Sound.

First up is label boss Alvaro Hylander’s Cream Soda, which in the hands of DAS at least is a midtempo deep house chugger with dreamy, filtered chords, muted kicks and an understated but fairly hefty bassline that nods to vintage Chi-town deepness. The DAS remix of Pablo Fierro’s New York is another late-night kinda jam, though again a nice fat b-line means floor play shouldn’t be ruled out, while completing the package is the DAS remix of Ejeca’s Bumbled, which rocks tuffer drums than the other two and has an almost garage-y feel to its chopped female “baby it’s you” vox and warm piano chords/stabs.

Three very fine cuts that’ll appeal to the true deep house heads, not much more to say really!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Greenfish – Pouse Harty

December 29, 2015 in Singles

Greenfish Pouse Harty Ready Mix RecordsDoing my best to get back into ‘work’ mode after the Xmas break but it’s not easy! So there are still a few bits from last week I need to tell y’all about, starting with this latest offering from Ready Mix Records.

Four mixes of Pouse Harty to choose from. The original’s quite a stripped-back, almost minimal deep/tech houser predicated around a simple hip-shaking rhythm, bubblin’ bass and diva vocal snips, all of which are accompanied by a treated male voice saying – well, actually I’m pretty sure he’s not saying the name of Scottish football team Stenhousemuir, but now I’ve heard it as that…

As for the remixes, David Kassi takes us down a deeper, warmer, smoother road with a beefier bassline and some nice understated chords, Deep Active Sound get dubbed-out and a lil’ bit wonky for small hours floors, while finally SLP up the dub ante (in the reggae sense) on their skankin’ Club Mix.

Kassi’s rub takes the gold for me, with SLP not far behind.

Out: Now on Beatport, everywhere else from Monday

About: Find Ready Mix 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.

G-Spice, Zorz Post & Emme – Is It Love

March 12, 2015 in Singles

G-Spice, Zorz Post & Emme Is This Love Ready Mix RecordsPredictably fine deep house grooves here from the always on-point Ready Mix Records.

The work of a trio of Greek producers, Is It Love comes in your choice of four mixes. The original has a nice chunky bassline, atmospheric synth sweeps, garage-y keys and female scat vox, along with a spoken female “love” sample that loops throughout. The Deep Active Sound Remix is a little more spangled and 3am-ish (the time of night, that is, not the label!) while a more lilting Tony S Remix gets the vibes out and Moe Turk takes us into dreamier, more late-night pastures.

All four are quality but if pushed, the Original and Moe Turk rubs just nudge it.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 23 March.

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – UMR12-01

November 23, 2014 in Singles

Various UM12-01 UM RecordsOkay, last one for this evening/this week… and we end on a definite high note because what we have here is the first ever vinyl release from UM Records. Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the label, and I know this is a big deal for them. It’s also a reasonably sized deal for yours truly seeing as I’m apparently one of seven people getting sent the promo, so cheers for that Richie!

Anyway, they’ve certainly not skimped on the talent for this wax debut, with tracks here from BiG AL (both with and without Rishi K in tow), Marc Cotterell and Deep Active Sound. You’ll be expecting proper deep house of the highest calibre, then – and you’d be right. Al & Rishi’s Domelo (feat Blankita on vox) is a lazy, lounge-leaning affair, Marc’s Into The Light is a soulful deep houser that nods towards that classic late 90s/early 00s west coast sound, Al’s Pero Tu Nu Sabe is percussive and vaguely Latin-tinged, and finally – and to these ears best of all – Deep Active Sound’s Back To My Roots is a bumpin’, garage-y groover tailor-made for those 5am moments when the spirit’s still willing but the legs are weary…

Very classy stuff indeed, but then we expect no less from the Kiwi stable. Also limited to 250 copies, so snaffle one up now!

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website – you’re definitely gonna need the latter link cos the vinyl’s only available via their own online store.

PS: This isn’t the only UM release this week, by the way – there’s also the five-track The What EP by Tidy Daps featuring some rather fine remixes from Will Sumsuch and Yigit Atilla. But there just isn’t time to review everything…

DMP – Natural Mystic

May 16, 2014 in Singles

DMP Natural Mystic DeepWit RecordingsAnd speaking of labels who seldom put a foot wrong, here’s the latest from Copenhagen’s ever-checkable purveyors of deep house goodness, DeepWit Recordings.

Two tracks, in a total of four mixes. Natural Mystic itself is a deep n’ dubby affair with Afro-leaning percussion, pads that don’t stop and vaguely sci-fi-ish synths pulsing away on top. Deep Active Sound then serve up a remix that, with its more straight-up 4/4s, is perhaps more readily suited to dancefloor play, albeit the luxuriant production means it’d serve just as well for late-night listening at home.

Over on the flip, Just Believe again flirts with dub tropes, and comes with huge revererating synth sweeps and snatches of whispered male vocal (as well as some female “heys”), while finally label boss Alvaro Hylander’s remix again rides tuffer drums than the original but loses nothing of the atmospheric, 6am feel.

House music to soothe the soul…

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Rishi K – Purple Clouds

March 24, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Purple Clouds UM RecordsRishi K on UM Records? Now that has to be a good thing! And a good thing it indeed is, with two tracks in a total of four mixes serving up an object lesson in deep house done properly.

Rishi’s original mix of Purple Clouds is up first, all crisp beats, squelchy bass, tinkling keys and killer dub-wise pads/stabs, topped with an echoing male “if you feel it” vocal. The Deep Active Sound Remix heads into even deeper, dubbier pastures, while Big Al’s rub sprinkles a little disco dust over the whole thing and also makes use of some fine garage-y keys. The other original track included is Futurescope, a slightly pacier cut with Moroder/Italo overtones and also just a wee hint of prog (this is Rishi we’re talking about after all).

Not gonna pick a fave on this one cos all three mixes of Purple Clouds are bang on the money.

Out: Last week, actually, but I was a bit bogged down in Miami samplers…

About: Find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Desos – Deep Dancer

May 15, 2012 in Singles

Regular readers will know that Desos (AKA Danish producer Brian Løgstrup) and his Deso Records label have become firm TIWWD favourites over the past year or so. Suffice to say, this latest from the man himself doesn’t disappoint.

Two tracks and four mixes in total. All Night is a drummy, afterhours kinda groove with a female voice repeating the title, but for me really comes into its own on the Late Night Remix from Andre Detoxx, where the tribal-ish percussion gets replaced by crisp, snapping snares and hi-hats, and where additional pads/chords give the track a suitably dreamy, driftaway kinda quality.

Deep Dancer itself meanwhile is, in its original form, a raw n’ jazzy cut that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Strictly Rhythm circa 1991-93, with a spoken vocal informing us that “she’s a nightclub dancer”. Remix duties on this one are ably handled by Deep Active Sound, who delivers a superb stripped n’ techy rework that, like the original of All Night, is tailor-made for the afterhours joints.

Overall, then, the remixes just pip the originals this time out for me, but all four tracks are strong and this is definitely one you should be checking!

Out: This week

About: This comes not on Deso Records, I should point out, but on New Zealand’s UM Records, AKA Untitled Music… they’ve got their own very fine blog or you can find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud