Sunday night deepness

April 17, 2016 in Singles

Hello! You might remember me, I used to have a house blog. If you’re wondering where TIWWD has been this last month, all will be explained on Facebook (albeit possibly tomorrow). But anyway, long story short, am back on the reviews case now, kicking off tonight with a selection of SERIOUSLY deep goodness from the last seven days…

Johannes Different Things Deep ClicksJohannes – Difficult Things EP
Getting a full release this week is (was) this three-tracker from Czech newcomer Johannes, coming on Spanish label Deep Clicks. Difficult Things itself is an unhurried, dreamy and soul-tinged deep houser built with afterhours or post-club play in mind. Don’t Make Me Wait is a smoother, deep garage-y affair that nods to the Peech Boys, while finally Don’t You Wanna is another 4am deep house cut with warm, dubby bass and breathy female vocal snips. All three are quality but if pushed, Don’t Make Me Wait stands out.
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Filta Freqz Way 2 Go Soul Supplement RecordsFilta Freqz – Way 2 Go EP
Slightly more uptempo and floor-friendly deep house vibes here courtesy of Vegas’s finest, Soul Supplement Records. Just the two tracks on offer: Way 2 Go itself rocks tuff kicks, cut-up/filtered disco vox and a hefty dose of garage swing, while Take Note on the flip is similarly disco-fied but with rolling beats, parping sax and assorted fragments of male vocal (“come on,” “to the beat y’all… and ya don’t stop” and “who got it going on?” all appear at different times). The title track just nudges it for me.
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Gregory Dub Get Deeper EP Gents N' Dandy'sGregory Dub – Get Deeper EP
An outstanding five-track EP here from the ever-checkable Gents N’ Dandy’s. The smooth, Jersey-ish deep garage vibes of Home Is Home get the ball rolling, Floating continues in a similar vein, Come On hits that perfect “deep enough for the sofa, tuff enough for the floor” sweet spot, Dreamin’ takes us into proper blissed-out, 5am territory and then finally Relief plays us out on a lazy, downtempo note. And, as we’ve come to expect from Gn’D, it’s superbly classy stuff from start to finish. Go seek!
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Carlos Francisco Sun Chaser SP RecordingsCarlos Francisco – Sun Chaser
And speaking of supremely classy stuff, here’s a jazz-inflected offering from SP Recordings that’s definitely one “for the heads” as they say! Building from a simple percussive intro, Sun Chaser slowly develops into as wigged-out and groovesome a jazzual, garage-y Rhodes workout as you’ll hear all month, while an accompanying Afro Dream Mix is the same but with Afro/tribal beats (well duh). Which mix you opt for is a matter of personal percussive preference: either will have 90 per cent of the population going ‘What’s this, fucking Jazz Club?” – and the 10 per cent that matter in raptures!
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Miami 2016 Sampler Ready Mix RecordsVarious – Ready Mix WMC 2016
Yes, it seems a little late in the day for Miami samplers but this only got a full release this week. Regular readers of this blog (if there are any left after the recent hiatus!) will know I’m a big fan of Ready Mix Records’ take on deep house and this nine-track collection doesn’t change that one iota. Not doing the full track-by-track but suffice to say that there are nine tracks from eight artists, all new names to your truly but Ready Mix’s usual high quality standards apply, with Beat Factory’s bouncy I Feel Like, Eke’s funky-assed Romb and Armen Miran’s moody Marta particularly worth checking.
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Klartraum E Remixes Pt 1 LucidflowKlartraum – E Remixes Pt 1
Sunday night at TIWWD wouldn’t be Sunday night at TIWWD without some deep, dubby techno from Lucidflow to end on! So here we have five remixes of three tracks from last year’s E album by label bosses Klartraum. Bell Birds Dub gets the most love, with D. Diggler and Yapacc remixes as well as the original all featured; TBH the Original is still my fave but if you want it toughened up Diggler’s yer man while Yapacc gets a bit more abstract and soundscape-y. Elsewhere, Alan Oldham AKA Detroitrocketscience brings us a shuffly, minimal-leaning take on Bill Bill, while Oscar Barila and Jamin Hernandez’s rub of Drama Queen is lazy, sunkissed deep house of the highest calibre.
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Karmine Rosciano – Give EP

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Karmine Rosciano Give EP DeepclicksIf you drive along the M32 between Manchester and Leeds,  there’s a bit where the motorway splits in two, because some farmer refused to budge when it was being built. I mention this because, while I’m not entirely sure what the farmer’s motivation was or how the whole scenario’s panned out for him long-term, sometimes you have to admire the hold-outs and diehards of this world for their sheer tenacity. And when it comes to big mid-90s-sounding organ throbbers, I’d have to count myself in that number.

So, Phil Maher’s toned-down, smoothed-out mix of the title track here, with its extensive breakdowns and foregrounding of a soulful male vocal that’s used only in treated form on the original, is fine. Can’t Leave, a very 2016-style deep/tech house jam with cut-up R&B-ish vox, fat squelchy bass, hints of acid and Orb-ish synth flurries, is also fine. Deephope’s more laidback, late-night remix of Can’t Leave, with its 80s-sounding synths, is very fine, to be fair. But the title track itself, in its orginal form, with its echoing vox and big throbbing organ bassline? Now that’s a MONSTER.

It’s probably not very cool and trendy to say so, but ask me if I care. You’re gonna have to build your Berlin hipster autobahn around my Korg M1 farm and that’s all there is to it!

Out: This actually came out on general release LAST week, but somehow it got missed – and was too good to let slide.

About: This comes on Spain’s Deep Clicks, who are no strangers to this blog and who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jero Nougues – Blind Love EP

December 1, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blind Love EP Deep ClicksMoving into deeper house waters, here we have the latest from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its Original form, Blind Love is a dreamy, trad-style deep houser with muted, rolling beats, atmospheric synth washes, and an overall melancholic feel that’s heightened by the filtered male vocal. The latter’s a bit ‘synthpop’ for these ears, truth be told, but no matter because Ready Mix boss BiG AL is on hand with a brace of more floor-friendly remixes centred around a chunky walking bassline – one of which is an instrumental. You also get two mixes of Winter Breeze. Nougues’ original is a garage-tinged late night drifter par excellence, while a refix from Soul Academy leads us back onto the dancefloor while adding some female vocal fragments.

I’m going for BiG AL’s instrumental of the title track and Jero’s original of Winter Breeze, personally. You may differ. That’s okay, we can still be friends.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Greenfish – Sweetness EP

October 10, 2015 in Singles

Greenfish Sweetness EP Deep ClicksFloor-friendly deep house grooves here courtesy of Spanish label Deep Clicks.

In its Original form, Sweetness is quite a lively affair by deep house standards and sports fragments of spoken female vocal (“the power to turn you on,” I think she’s saying), an understated warping bassline and nice crisp kicks, while Deephope’s accompanying Dub Mix takes things deeper and, well, dubbier. The other original track featured is the more soulfully inclined Turn Me On, which comes complete with a drifty, late-night rub from David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar.

The remixes just nudge it for me in both instances, but to be fair this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Clicks here, here and here.

Yvvan Black – Deep On Deep

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Yvvan Black Deep On Deep EP Deep ClicksA tidy lil’ two-tracker here from Spanish label Deep Clicks.

Deep On Deep itself is quite a lively affair (in deep house terms, anyway), and features a slightly downpitched, chopped-up soulful male vocal alongside piercing synths, all sitting atop twitchy beats and fat, rumbling bass. On the flip, meanwhile, Emotion is a slower-moving, more contemplative instrumental with a sparse, dubby feel.

It’s the latter that’s floating my boat more.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Clicks here, here and here. I’d strongly recommend clicking on the first link in particular, cos it’ll take you to their Soundcloud page where you’ll find downloadable, hour-long mixes from the likes of Tony S, Anthony Mea, Greenfish and Yigit Atilla. Nice!

Vincenzo de Robertis – Situation EP

May 10, 2015 in Singles

Vincenzo de Robertis Situation EP Deep ClicksAfter last week’s appearance on Unrivaled Music, here our old friend Vincenzo serves up a two-track, four-mix EP for Spanish label Deep Clicks.

In its Original form, Situation itself is a near-instrumental deep groover with a chugging b-line, tinkling keys that sound like raindrops falling on a xylophone and a slightly epic, proggy vibe overall. James Benedict’s remix takes us into wonky, funked-up midtempo territory, while Lucas Perazzi makes more use of the original’s barely-there vocal samples and adds some mournful-sounding sax/trumpet (not sure which) on his rub. Completing the EP, bonus cut Attractions is an even more epic/atmospheric cut than Situation, and sports a vaguely disturbing, distorted female vocal saying “attraction” over and over again.

Perazzi’s remix is the one for yours truly here.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Clicks on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar – Telephone EP

March 26, 2015 in Singles

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar Telephone EP Deep ClicksSome extremely fine deep, soulful house grooves to kick us off with tonight courtesy of Spanish label Deep Clicks.

Two tracks in a total of four mixes. Inception is up first, which in its original form is a smooth, deeply chilled affair with pads that go on forever and a soulful vocal – I’m actually not 100% sure whether it’s David getting his falsetto on or Elisabeth pitched down, but it works! My man Jero Nougues then pulls off the near-impossible in taking us even deeper on his dreamy, late-night remix. As for Telephone itself, the Original operates in similar territory to Inception but with a chunkier bassline giving it a lil’ added dancefloor momentum (definitely Elisbeth providing the vox on this one, too), while the accompanying Deephope Remix has lightly Afro-tinged percussion and some lovely understated acid squelch.

Soothing deep house music for weary souls… and, indeed, weary soles.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Clicks here, here and here.

Deep Code – Deep Phobia EP

February 7, 2015 in Singles

Deep Code Deep Phobia Deep ClicksMore very solid deep house bizniss here from Deep Clicks Music.

Two tracks in a total of five mixes make up the EP. Deep Phobia itself in its original form is an unhurried instrumental throbber with some nice lil’ Balearic flourishes, but it’s the sultrier, afterhours-oriented Deephope Dub that’s rocking this reviewer’s world more. The other track featured is The Story Of Coltrane, a midpaced, prog-tinged cut in its original form that sports a spoken vocal all about a certain very famous bebop saxophonist. Toxez supplies a remix that takes us into wonkier, more leftfield pastures, but the standout to these ears is the atmospheric, uber-deep rework by Vincenzo De Robertis.

Definitely a case of ‘picking your mix’ with this one, but luckily there’s enough of them that a wide range of DJs should be able to do just that.

Out: This week

About: You can find Spanish label Deep Clicks on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Lucas Perazzi – Fly Deep EP

November 7, 2014 in Singles

Lucas Perazzi Fly Deep EP Deep ClicksAn aptly-titled EP here… this is another one for those that like it seriously deep!

Fly Deep itself is up first, a chilled-bordering-on-downtempo affair with gently tinkling piano, long, lingering synth washes and a blissed-out vibe overall. Goodbye is more floor-friendly and has something of a classic west coast deep house feel, while finally Input In The Sub nods towards deep techno territory with its ominous bell, bubbling sub-aquatic sounds, crowd noise and spoken vocal featuring some posh woman talking about electroconvulsive therapy.

Head-noddin’ bizniss of the highest calibre, not much more to say really.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Deep Clicks, which is Deephope’s label and based in Spain. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.