City Soul Project – The Music, The Feeling

October 21, 2013 in Singles

City Soul Project The Music, The Feeling Deep8 RecordingsJust occasionally, I get sent a record that’s so up my street I almost suspect them of cheating. In this case it’s City Soul Project who are arousing my suspicions, because not only have they come up with a deep house jam that’s essentially an M1 organ plus a looped Kicking In The Beat sample, they’ve also got Harold Heath to supply a slightly deeper remix. How was TIWWD ever not gonna be digging that?

Just to throw me off the scent they’ve included some other mixes too: Patrick Podage ditches the organ in favour of a druggy, almost slo-mo vibe, Smak AKA Steve McCready opts for some old skool pianos (borderline cheating in itself) while Teenage Mutants serve up a bassy, throbby rub that’s perhaps the most in-tune with current broader trends. But I know what they’re up to.

Out: Today (though I think it might’ve been on Beatport last week)

About: This comes on Deep8 Recordings, who are based in that London. Find ’em here, here and here (FB, Soundcloud, web)

Feft – So Long

September 29, 2013 in Singles

Feft So Long Deep8 RecordingsNo fewer than six mixes to choose from on this latest from Deep8.

I’m not going into every one, though. Because while the original is a perfectly playable slice of deep/tech house, with proggy overtones and a heavily treated, looping female vocal… and while Paul Matthews, Moojaa, Jamie Haus and J.A.M serve up equally playable variations on the theme… the standout by far here is the Low Steppa Remix, which from 1.30 onwards throws some proper bass filth into the mix, along with an additional female vocal.

The result is one of the best collisions between deep house and UK bass I’ve heard in a long while, and the leader of the pack on this release beyond a shadow of doubt. Though Moojaa’s rub ain’t half bad either…

Out: This week

About: Find Deep8 Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Stanny Abram – Stay With Me

August 9, 2013 in Singles

Stanny Abram Stay With Me Deep8 RecordingsStanny Abram’s name – I’ve just counted up – cropped up on this blog ten times in 2012, yet this is only his second TIWWD appearance of 2013, and the first since January. Nothing deliberate or personal though… and to prove it, here he is again with a brand spanking new EP for Deep8 recordings.

In its Original form, Stay With Me is a fairly tuff n’ drummy affair (as deep house goes) but still with plenty of slinky groove in its veins, thanks in no small part to a looping, off-kilter organ riff. Not 100% on the drone-y, Underworld-esque male vocal TBH, but it’s not over-applied and with a deep n’ bouncy rub from Sean Danke (my pick), two more driving, ass-shakin’ passes from Andi Rivera and a freaky-deaky, tech’d-out mix from Dexter Ford, not gonna grumble too much!

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep8, who are based in London, here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web).

Jamie Haus & Ou Said – Long Road Ahead EP

April 14, 2013 in Singles

Jamie Haus & Ou Said Long Road Ahead EP Deep8 RecordingsSome very now-sounding deep house vibes here courtesy of  London label Deep8 Recordings, who’ve previously brought us the likes of Martijn and Tony S. This time out, it’s UK producer Jamie Haus at the controls, teaming up with Ou Said for a very fine little-two tracker.

Left Turn starts out seriously mellow, all long, lingering pads and gentle meandering sax, but then introduces skittery, jittery percussion and various glitchy, aquatic sounds of the kind more readily associated with deep techno, making for a cut that’ll be equally at home on afterhours floors or during those post-club sofa-surfing sessions. Over on the B, meanwhile, Right Turn is a more overtly dancefloor cut that’s just crying out for a dry ice-filled east London warehouse to play it in…

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep8 Recordings here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web).

Tim Le Funk – Movements & Pressure EP

March 21, 2013 in Singles

Tim Le Funk Movements & Pressure EP Deep8 RecordingsThree solid deep dancefloor chuggers here from Dutch producer Tim Le Funk.

The Movement features crisp high-end percussion married to LASHINGS of bass, tribal chants buried WAY deep in the mix and some cunning use of filters and FX. Right Here Right Now features similarly crisp, rolling drums alongside a simple two-note looping synth line and deep-voiced spoken vox (“my eyes no longer see the world, I’m coming down”). But the standout track for me is Pressure, which eases off on the hi-hats, and is a mellower, later-night affair all round, again with vocals buried disconcertingly deep in the mix.

Out: This week

About: This comes courtesy of fledgling UK label Deep8 Recordings, and is in fact only their fifth release, nos 1-4 having come from Miami Ice, Tony S, Martijn and Tomas Malo. More info via Soundcloud, Facebook or their own website.