Deep Spelle – InHouse EP

January 16, 2016 in Singles

Deep Spelle InHouse EP DeepWit RecordingsWe kick off tonight in (very) deep house territory, as Deep Spelle serves up the latest in DeepWit’s artist-focused InHouse series of EPs.

Five tracks make up the EP: three originals, plus Deep Spelle’s remixes of two tracks by other artists. Taking the originals first, Wet Road (feat Gee) starts out with deep tribal drums and heads even deeper, with a LARGE but muted dub bassline, pads that go on forever and cut-up snatches of sweet fem vox. Everyboy’s Smiling is a little livelier and more overtly floor-friendly, albeit it’d still be one for warm-up or end-of-night play, but the standout among Deep Spelle’s own cuts is The Way You Treat Me feat Jon Juster, a delicate, haunting, garage-leaning affair with mournful sax and a barely-there “I love the way you kiss me” female vocal… look up ‘gorgeous’ in an encyclopaedia and you’ll find a picture of this record!

Moving on to the remixes, the Deep Spelle Back To The 80s Remix of Sumsuch’s Chop Shop is the paciest cut on the EP – though still a laidback, late-night affair by most labels’ standards – and features that familiar “In the 70s, melodies were ruling the world. In the 80s, grooves are ruling the world” spoken vocal, while finally the Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle Remix of Proj3kt Dharma’s Forgotten By The Universe is a chuggy lil’ deep houser with a dreamy, drifty feel overall and a man and woman babbling about space by way of a vocal.

The Way You Treat Me takes the gold, but truth be told there’s not a duff cut in sight – this is a superb EP from one of the best deep house labels in the game, so go seek!

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Nadja Lind – Nadja Lind & Friends Pt 2

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Nadja Lind & Friends Pt 2 LucidflowAnd speaking of female German providers of all things deep, techy and sumptuous, here’s Nadja Lind of Lucidflow/Klartraum fame with a five-track collaborations EP which, as the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted, follows a similarly themed EP released back in March 2014.

Saharan Night is up first, a slow-building, moody prog-tinged cut credited to Nadja and Brendan Moeller. Holographic Universe (with Deep Spelle) is a considerably darker, more driving techno slab, while G-Man collab Verboten is a sparse, cinematic affair with disembodied vocal fragments and shimmering synth squiggles sitting atop crisp, rolling beats. Omar Salgado lends his talents on Circo Loco, an uncompromisingly minimal throbber, while finally Ms Lind and UGLH team up for the housier Feeling, complete with familiar female “I feel it!” vocal sample.

Again… every bit as good as we’ve come to expect, nuff said!

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Lucidflow, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – Boys At SBB Vol 9

December 27, 2014 in Singles

Boys at SBB Vol 9 Shoes, Bags & BoysAnother V/A offering from another very dependable label – in this case, Ariane Blank and Albena Flores’s Shoes, Bags & Boys, who here have let five possessors of Y chromosomes apply their remix skills to five tracks by SBB’s stable of strictly XX artists.

Don’t really have time to dig out the orginals for comparison right now, but Leo Lang’s take on Albena Flores’s Sparkling Dreams is a contemplative, midtempo affair, while Mikrohouse.net’s remix of Ariane Blank’s Tinkle Time operates in similar territory. Abu Bayer serves up a deliciously languid and dubby refix of ChixUnighted’s Sunshine Waltz, and then finally not one but two Indiro Boka tracks get the remix treatment, Not My Day becoming in Deep Spelle’s hands a moody, lolloping deep house groove topped with Radiophonic Workshop-esque synth wibbles, while Krummstoff’s Purple Dub of Pinky Clouds is a stripped-back gem featuring tribal-leaning percussion and some understated old-skool pianos.

All told, this is classy, forward-thinking stuff that will appeal to those who like their house on the more spacey/cerebral side, with Sunshine Waltz and Not My Day just nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes, Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ra-Soul – Deep Site Sessions

November 15, 2014 in Albums

Ra-Soul Deep Site Sessions Deep Site RecordingsCroatia’s ever-excellent Deep Site label pull off something of a coup for their 30th release, drafting in US deep house veteran DJ Ra-Soul to mix what is, I believe, their first label comp.

With tracks and remixes from the likes of Deephope, Tony S, Anthony Mea, Terry Vernixx, Marc Cotterell and Deep Spelle… and given the number of Deep Site releases that have previously received glowing reviews on this very blog… and given that Ra-Soul’s at the helm… you shouldn’t really need me to break down every single track to know what to expect. So I won’t. Instead I’ll just say that you get both a 54-minute mixed version by Ra-Soul plus 15 tracks in all their full-length unmixed glory (at least I think you get both, the hype sheet isn’t very clear), taking in various shades of deep house from the near-ambient, to the jazzy and soulful, to the more bouncy and tech-tinged, but with the mix overall having a slow-building, dreamy kinda feel.

Oh, and that Deephope’s remix of Felipe L’s When Night Sounds is one of the best things to happen to ears in a long while. And that you should buy this album immediately.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Tim Andresen – It Up

October 12, 2014 in Singles

Tim Andresen It Up UM RecordsFinally tonight, we have the latest from UM Records, which stars my old Danish buddy Tim Andresen.

It Up comes in three mixes. The original chugs along in lazy, dreamy fashion, with synth washes that sweep across the room and, just occasionally, a male voice intoning the title – I’m guessing sampled from something that originally said “pump it up” or something but as I said, I’m guessing! Deep Spelle’s refix is just a little more heads-down and driving (just a little, mind), whereas the Blakkat Remix tuffens up the drums considerably and adds some Detroit-y synths n’ strings.

The original is probably my fave, with Deep Spelle a close second, but all three are beaten to the gold by bonus cut Alone, a smooth late-night groove whose wobbly, warbling “you’re not alone” vocal adds just the right amount of drug-addled 7am weirdness.

Out: This week

About: Find UM Records here, here and here.

McNair & Clarke – Bread Ring EP

May 2, 2014 in Singles

McNair & Clarke Bread Ring EP Deep Site RecordingsWe kick off tonight with some bass-y, tech-tinged deep house grooves from Deep Site Recordings.

Bread Ring itself is a quite epic, densely-layered affair powered by a fairly sedate but nonetheless hip-swaying bassline, dubby chords and floaty, treated female vocal snips. The Deep Spelle Remix heads into even deeper, later-night territory and features a little micro-loop of female voice that doesn’t half sound like a Smokin’ Beats Dreams sample, though it probably isn’t. The Addex Remix has sparser production and added snips of soulful male vox, and is probably the rub that will get the most love on the young hipster floors, while completing the package is The Grill, a slightly tuffer, chuggy affair with huge, reverberating FX reminiscent of Lucidflow/Fullbarr-style deep techno.

Quality stuff as ever from this always-checkable Croatian imprint.

Out: This week

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

Deephope – Low Blow

September 11, 2013 in Singles

Deephope Low Blow Deep Site RecordingsFirst out last year, also on Deep Site Recordings, Low Blow now gets a second run-out with four new mixes from four respected names on the international deep house scene.

Ready Mix Records boss Big Al is first up to the plate with a sumptuous late-night mix with a vaguely New Jersey-ish sound palette, Deep Spelle gives us a stripped-back pass for afterhours floors, Jonny Bee takes us towards epic, proggy territory while finally Prosis’s remix is a sight more funkified, complete with soaring brass stabs.

With mixes to suit a range of times/settings/DJs, then, this is definitely worth checking.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Or in Croatia, seeing as that’s where they’re from.

Rishi K – Celebrate

August 9, 2013 in Singles

Rishi K Celebrate UM RecordsProlific San Francisco-based producer Rishi K tones down the prog influences a little, compared to his usual output, for this new EP on New Zealand’s UM Records.

In total, you get three mixes of Celebrate itself, plus bonus cuts Soul Touch and Man On The Moon. It’s been a long week and I’m tired so not gonna go into every mix in painstaking detail right now, but suffice to say that UM’s usual high standards apply and that particularly worthy of your attention are the cerebral shuffle though inner space that is Man On The Moon (albeit it’s a cerebral shuffle that could quite happily be carried out on the dancefloor, ideally around 5am or so), the gently-rolling Original Mix of Celebrate with its trippy keyboard trills and spoken vocal samples, and Soul Touch with its subtly-applied E2-E4-isms.

But, y’know, the Berny and Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle mixes of Celebrate deserve checking too!

Out: This week

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

Various – Best Of DeepWit Vol 1

May 19, 2013 in Albums

Best Of DeepWit Vol 1Got a few long-players to tell you about tonight, starting with this ‘best of’ collection from Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings. But as this is a ‘best of’ comp, and as it’s quite rare a DeepWit release doesn’t get a glowing review on This Is Why We Dance, I’m gonna keep the review for this one nice and short.

So here goes: if deep house that’s laidback, melodic and atmospheric without ever becoming soporific sounds like your idea of a good way of spending 71 minutes and 47 seconds, then step right this way. Because with cuts from the likes of Deep Spelle, Cadatta, Pablo Fierro, Max Volkholz and of course DeepWit label boss Alvaro Hylander, this is freaking superb, quite frankly.

Out: 27 May (so yeah, this is an earlier review than normal. But that’s for very important, and secret reasons. And not cos I misread the date as 17 May at all).

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

Linas P – Massive Deep

April 22, 2013 in Singles

Linas P Massive Deep Lens MediaAnother label here that’s fast becoming a TIWWD regular: Croatian imprint Lens Media.

This time out they bring us a track from Lithuania’s Linas P that’s very aptly named – it is indeed both massive and deep! The original’s a  warm-up/afterhours affair with dubby tinges around the edges, while remixes from Pion, Deep Spelle and Helly Larson beef up the beats and drag it onto the floor in techy, deep and vaguely proggy fashion respectively.

It’s the Pozzi Dub that stands out for me, though. This mix heads off in the opposite direction and drops the tempo even further, adding some speaker-challenging bass drops for maximum heads appeal. Think the uncompromising red-eyed minimalism of the very deepest, dubbiest dubstep à la Youngsta or Distance, but rendered in a deep house stylee, and you’ll get the idea.

Awesome headnoddin’ tackle to soothe the most battle-weary soul.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lens Media on Soundcloud and Facebook.