Kool Vibe – Basics EP

May 1, 2016 in Singles

Kool Vibe Basics EP Kool Vibe RecordsParisian producer Kool Vibe serves up a four-tracker on his own KV Records here that’ll appeal to anyone who’s fiending for those bumpin’ NY ‘house n’ garage’ vibes of yore.

Back To The Real is up first, which is all throbbing organ stabs, skippy beats and cut-up diva vox. Basics itself rides more straight-up 4/4s with stabby chords and cut-up male vox this time, Sleazy Joint (Touch It, Suck It) takes us into the realms of raw, 4am-friendly dark garage c.1995 and finally Tribute is one-part early Kerri Chandler to one-part St Germain, roughly speaking.

File under ‘proper’ 🙂

Out: This week

About: You can find KV Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Lucio Agustin – Arata EP

April 25, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Arata EP Innocent DeepAnd from the minimal D&B of Sam Binary (below), we move on to actual minimal with this excellent EP from Innocent Deep.

Three tracks to choose from. Arata itself is quite smooth and melodic by minimal standards, and as such could easily slot into a deep house set with its fairly simple rolling beats, sampled mission control speech and hefty, stuttering bassline. Indiana is a bit more twitchy-glitchy and very sparse, making this one more for the minimal purists, while finally Titicaca brings the dubwise vibes.

All three are plenty playable but Arata takes the gold for me, with Titicaca not far behind.

Out: Now

About: You can find Innocent Deep and the rest of the Innocent Music label family herehere and here.

BiG AL – Profoundness

April 25, 2016 in Singles

BiG AL Profoundness Haute MusiqueSadly I seem to have run out of Sunday, so while there are still a few bits n’ bobs from this week I’d like to tell you about tomorrow, for now we’ll play out with this typically classy deep houser from our old friend Adel Ghandour AKA BiG AL, coming on his own Haute Musique imprint.

Three rubs of Profoundness to choose from. In its Original form its a chuggy, dub-tinged affair with cut-up vox, strings sweeps and a pleasingly unhurried feel overall. The Bucher Remix rocks tuffer kicks and has something of a druggier, 4am, tribal kinda vibe without getting stoopid about it, while Jero Nougues reaches into the disco goody bag and pulls out clappy beats which he then applies to a remix that takes us on a more epic, blissed-out journey.

All three are good but the Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis – Being Apart [Remixes]

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis Being Apart Limitation MusicHeading into seriously deep waters now with this latest offering from Romania’s ever-checkable Limitation Music, which features rerubs of a track first featured on Katelanos’s That Jazz Thing EP.

Four mixes of Being Apart to choose from, and every one a cracker. The Original marries a phat but understated bassline to delicate, high-end percussion, then tops both with jazzy piano, space-y synth washes and the merest hint of fem vox, the end result being a melodic, meandering late-night jam that’d work on the dancefloor or the headphones alike. Label stalwart Addex’s remix is dubbier and more laidback, Christopher Kardek’s has a blissier, more Balearic feel while Savvas tuffens up the drums just half a notch while simultaneously dropping the tempo slightly.

But truth be told, the differences are pretty minor – Being Apart is a top-drawer deep house cut whichever way you spin it.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Limitation Music herehere and here.

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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Dipper & Sy P – Make It Last

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Dipper & Sy P Make It Last SP RecordingsDeeper house vibes now courtesy of Essex’s SP Recordings.

There’s just the one track/mix, so I needn’t keep you long! Make It Last harks back to classic Chi-town deep house of yore, and comes infused with a hefty dose of soul in the form of garage-y Rhodes chords, gently tinkling keys and a guest vocal from the mighty Robert Owens that shares centre-stage with a second, whispered male vocal.

Not much more to tell you really… jus’ quality late-night deep house vibes, seen?

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

Vodzux – I Wonder Why

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Vodzux Wonder Why EP Plastik PeopleFinally for tonight, we have a three-track EP that blends deep house, jazz-funk and soul influences to perfection.

The title track is a lazy, laidback groover with a looping “if I could only prove (something)” vocal, sampled crowd noise and tinkling jazz ivories to die for. Anyone Like U opens with a chunk of sampled 70s soul vox, then breaks out into the kind of languid funk that’ll appeal to fans of (eg) Groove Armada, Lemon Jelly or Zero 7, topping it with another soulful vocal (a man’s voice crooning “with my baby”) and more of those killer jazz keys. And then finally there’s Princess, which operates at a similar midtempo pace to the other two but has more of an early 80s boogie/soul kinda feel.

Perfect deep, lazy grooves for Sunday chillin’ or poolside loungin’.

Out: Thursday (18 March)

About: This is brought to you by Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People over in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Kaptan – While My Guitar Gently Deeps

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Kaptan While My Guitar Gently Deeps UM RecordsMoving into deeper house pastures, here we have a single-track release from New Zealand’s ever-reliable UM Records.

While My Guitar… starts out in almost Orb/System 7-ish territory, with lingering synth chords and plangent electric geetar wails. But those soon give way to an ominous dark bassline, choppy synth notes and unhurried deep house beats, the end result being an evolving, broody affair that’s tailormade for warm-up or (very) late-night play.

Classy stuff as ever from the Kiwi crew!

Out: Tomorrow (14 March)

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here.

Riki Inocente – The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Riki Inocent The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1 RejektsWe ended last night in quite ‘up’ territory, so let’s kick off there again tonight with this superb three-tracker from Iain Taylor’s Rejekts label.

First out in October last year, here Riki Inocente’s Northern Rose EP gets the remix treatment on this first EP in a series of two. Jamie Trench’s No Horn Dub takes The Journey into squelchy, bassy 3am territory, while Jem Haynes’ rerub of Mood 5 has something of a late-90s Nite Grooves kinda feel; both are quality, but the standout comes in the form of the label boss’s take on The Journey, which sees the track transformed into an unholy and utterly devastating cocktail of a dark, rumbling speed garage bassline and warping, spacey atmospheric synths.

Outstanding stuff that’ll rock any house floor worthy of the name.

Out: This week

About: You can find Rejekts on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

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.