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.

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.

Soul Academy – Give It

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Give It Haute MusiqueLast one for tonight, and we end with some very smooth deep grooves courtesy of BiG AL’s Haute Musique imprint.

In its Original form, Give It can safely be filed under “deep and soulful” with its crisp beats, wukka-wukking funk geetar, parping sax and soulful, echoing “give it” male vocal that does battle with a second, spoken vocal (“making a record’s kinda like building a house… what it needs is a solid base… and if it’s gonna stand the test of time, you gotta dig real deep”). The ‘bass’ pun doesn’t really work written down but you can see what they did there I’m sure!

Remix-wise, Jero Nougues takes us into blissed-out, ‘Ibiza sundown/sun-up’ kinda territory, while Deephope get down n’ funky, but the cream of a fine crop to these ears is BiG AL’s own Rub-A-Dub mix, a deep-as-you-like gem that, funnily enough, has an almost UKG-ish feel in the beats department.

Out: This week

About: Find Haute Musique here, here and here.

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.

Jero Nougues – Blacklight

January 31, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blacklight Haute MusiqueFour mixes to choose from of this latest offering from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its original form, Blacklight tops lively, rolling drums with barely-there female vocal snips, insistent shakers, trumpet and sax parps, a spoken/whispered male lead vocal (“I here the rhythm/I feel the bass/I touch the blacklight/I see your face”) and what sounds like some kind of woodblock percussion instrument (xylophone? marimba?). The overall effect is one-part lounge, one-part Latin, one-part tribal… and 100% “5am at Shelter”. Deephope’s remix is essentially very similar but eschews the tribal percussion in favour of simple warm 4/4s, the Phasen Remix has a lil’ more disco swing in its veins, while Yigit Atilla heads seriously deep on his stripped-back, late-night refix.

Just that remix line-up should have the deep heads salivating already anyway, so suffice to say this won’t disappoint, with Deephope and Yigit sharing top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of the ever-checkable Haute Musique, who you can find here and here.

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.

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.

Deephope – Digital Jazz EP

August 3, 2014 in Singles

Deephope Digital Jazz EP Haute MuziqueLast one for today, and we’re ending on a definite high note with a killer slab of deep goodness from Big AL’s boutique label Haute Musique.

Digital Jazz itself is up first, an unsurprisingly jazzual, uber-deep affair that wouldn’t have sounded at all out of place on Boulevard. Portofino Sunrise then supply a remix that takes the track into Balearic/beach house territory… I’m preferring the original personally but you can see PS’s rub getting plenty of love in Ibiza sundown sessions. Home is up next, a slow-building, atmospheric, late-night deep houser coming complete with a trippier, spaced-out refix from Rishi K. And then finally there’s Naked, a twitchier, dubbed-out cut that’s tailormade for afterhours floors and comes accompanied by a self-explanatory Bonus Beats mix.

‘Quality, not quantity’ is HM’s ethos – they’ve released just 13 records in over two years. And it certainly shows here!

Out: This week (on general release, it’s been on Beatport for a couple of weeks)

About: Find Haute Musique here and here.

Big Al – Away

February 16, 2014 in Singles

Big Al Away Nightchild RecordsMellifluous, melodic deep house grooves with an all-star remix cast are the order of the day on this latest offering from Ready Mix boss Big Al Ghandour.

Five mixes to choose from. The Original mix is quite lively compared to most of the remixes, with tech and progressive elements. The Portofino Sunrise Haze Remix has a lusher, deep garage-y feel, Deephope’s rub takes us into more contemporary deep/tech territory, while Spennu’s Faraway Remix is a driftaway gem for weary 5am floors. The pick of a very fine crop to these ears, though, is the dubbed-out, uber-deep take from Miss Disk.

Truth be told, though, you won’t go far wrong whichever mix you plump for.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 12 March

About: This comes not on Ready Mix but on Rissa Garcia’s NYC-based Nightchild Records… find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.