SDJ – Sea View EP

February 22, 2016 in Singles

SDJ Sea View DeepWit RecordingsTo play us out this Sunday night, some very fine deep grooves coming from those ever-reliable providers of the same, Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Three tracks make up the EP. Mantra gets the ball rolling, a laidback, late-night gem that owes more than a little to the classic west coast deep, soulful house sounds of the early 00s, what with its warm, lingering pads and floaty female vocal snips. Sea View itself operates in quite similar territory but perhaps errs a little more to the deep rather than the soulful side of the equation, while finally Think Back is a little pacier in the beats department but is every bit as deep n’ dreamy as the other two, and sports a mighty fine bassline to boot.

Trying to think of any labels that do this kind of uber-deep tackle as well as DeepWit, and I’m seriously struggling* to think of any. Definitely a “heads only” kinda thang this EP, but if that’s you you’re gonna love it, trust.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

* Best I could do: Greta Cottage Workshop when they’re not being a bit too leftfield/weird, Soulstar/Little Angel but in a more soul-oriented way, or Lucidflow but with a techno slant. And no doubt someone obvious who I’ve forgotten about temporarily and hence have now mortally offended.

Various – Remixed by Deep Active Sound

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Remixed By Deep Active Sound DeepWit RecordingsFairly obvious what’s going on from the title I guess, but just to be 100% clear, here we have an EP from DeepWit Recordings featuring three tracks by different artists, all remixed by Russian producer Mihail Bessmertny, AKA Deep Active Sound.

First up is label boss Alvaro Hylander’s Cream Soda, which in the hands of DAS at least is a midtempo deep house chugger with dreamy, filtered chords, muted kicks and an understated but fairly hefty bassline that nods to vintage Chi-town deepness. The DAS remix of Pablo Fierro’s New York is another late-night kinda jam, though again a nice fat b-line means floor play shouldn’t be ruled out, while completing the package is the DAS remix of Ejeca’s Bumbled, which rocks tuffer drums than the other two and has an almost garage-y feel to its chopped female “baby it’s you” vox and warm piano chords/stabs.

Three very fine cuts that’ll appeal to the true deep house heads, not much more to say really!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

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.

Jason Mitchell – Yet Not I

December 11, 2015 in Singles

Jason Mitchell Yet Not I DeepWit RecordingsMore deep, garage-y house vibes on this latest from Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Yet Not I itself, in its Original form, is a percussion- and keys-driven workout that should work equally well in the warm-up or in the wee small hours, with the vocal – a man’s voice repeating the title – limited to the track’s mid-section. The La Rose Remix is a deeper, warmer, floatier pass with the vocal applied even more sparingly and pitched up. The other original cut is Shimmy, a funk-infused deep house dancefloor stomper with soaring synth-strings and organs to die for, while Sagia provides a heavier, dubbier refix for later play.

All four are excellent but if pushed it’s the sparser, more Jersey-ish originals that get my vote.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit  herehere and here.

Audio Units, Hamza & Omanu – Space Dust

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Hamza, Audio Units & Omanu Space Dust DeepWit RecordingsMore quality deep house vibes here, coming from those ever-reliable providers of such, Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Four mixes of Space Dust to choose from. The original’s a dreamaway late-night throbber with female vocal snips, rolling drums, warm percussion, space-y synths (of course) and just a hint of Detroit-t synth-strings in the mid-section. First up to to the remix plate is Finest Wear, who gives us a more floor-friendly rub, though you’d still be talking early doors or very late play. Pat Lezizmo also ups the tempo slightly while retaining more of the Original’s ‘lost in space’ feel, while finally Niclas With Attitude comes with a stripped-back, slightly techier pass.

To be honest, thought, the differences between the mixes here are fairly minor – this is a ‘proper’ deep house bomb whichever way you slice it!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Johannes & Agus Monteverde – New Life In Paraiso EP

November 14, 2015 in Singles

Johannes & Agus Monterverde New Life In Paraiso EP DeepWit RecordingsTypically high-calibre real deep house grooves on this split EP from Denmark’s DeepWit.

Johannes’s jazz-tinted New Life is up first, which compared to DeepWit’s usual ultra-chilled fare is quite uptempo and bumpin’… indeed, it wouldn’t sound out of place on a label like DiY or Drop. Agus Monteverde’s accompanying remix takes us into more spaced-out, 6am kinda territory. Monteverde then gives us Paraiso, a laidback, dreamy deep houser that’s more ‘typically DeepWit’, before Johannes in turn brings us a remix that ups the pace maybe half a notch and adds some lovely garage-y keys.

All good stuff, but Johannes’s original of New Life takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: You can find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Gareth Bilaney – Jazz Me Up

August 3, 2015 in Singles

Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.Let’s start tonight by carrying on in very deep territory where we left off last night, with this latest gorgeous slab from DeepWit.

Three mixes of Jazz Me Up to choose from. The original’s a midpaced, laidback deep houser and only quite lightly jazz-tinged – mainly in the use of brushed snare sounds. Remix-wise, Loz Goddard plumps for more prominent 4/4s, handclaps, sax and organ chords, giving the track a deep garage feel, while the George Horn Remix with its shaker-tastic percussion, looped, scatty female vocal sounds and retro synths is the one that’s most likely to find favour on the more soulful house floors.

All are good but it’s Loz Goddard’s rub that stands out to these ears.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Cadatta – In House EP

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Cadatta In House EP DeepWit RecordingsMore uber-deep vibes to end on tonight, as Greek producer Cadatta takes the reins for the second in DeepWit’s In House series of EPs.

True (credited to Cadatta feat Din QC) is up first, a mellifluous, dubby late-night jam with spoken, foreign-language female vocals and some lovely gently-tinkling ivories. False is just a tiny bit more floor-friendly (albeit you’d still be talking very late play on specialist floors only) with its nagging filtered chords and more of that live-sounding piano. Osmo is a sparse, languid beauty that’s built strictly with sofa-surfing in mind, while finally The Machine ends up the EP on a more upbeat note, a rolling deep groover with jazzy keys and, by way of a vocal, snatches of what sounds like it might be an interview with Frank Sinatra or Bob Hope or someone.

Very classy stuff, but then we expect no less from DeepWit!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Various – Best Of DeepWit Vol 3

May 27, 2015 in Albums

Best of DeepWit Vol 3 DeepWit RecordingsThe more observant among you may have noticed a dearth of DeepWit releases featuring on TIWWD of late. I thought they were on a break; it actually turns out they’d swapped promo systems and my email fell off in transition. Anyway it’s all sorted now… and what better way to catch up than with this third installment in the Danish label’s ‘best of’ comp series?

Even the less observant among you will have noticed I’m a fan of DeepWit’s particular, supremely chilled take on deep house generally, and one look at the talent roster here – which includes the likes of Tony S, Portofino Sunrise, Loz Goddard, Ivan Garci and Angelo Mele – should be enough to tell you that’s unlikely to change with this release. To pick but two cherries from a very fine tree, Demarkus Lewis’s garage-y refix of Agent Libre’s Miles Away would be worth the price of admission on its own, while for dreamy, dubby house vibes you’ll struggle to beat DMP’s Lexion this week.

If deep house from the more laidback end of the spectrum is what you’re looking for, then do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this forthwith.

Out: Last week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Cadatta – The Machine

November 8, 2014 in Singles

Cadatta The Machine DeepWit RecordingsMoving into more straight-up house pastures now with this latest from the ever-checkable DeepWit.

In its original form, The Machine is a simply gorgeous deep house groover in the traditional mode, with warm, muted Rhodes chords and gently chugging beats topped with some old dude talking about jazz n’ such… you know the kind of thing! The Soul Minority Remix tuffens up the drums a notch and adds some dreamy fem vox, resulting in a mix that’s perhaps got a little more ‘big room’ appeal, while label boss Alvaro Hylander heads in the opposite direction with a laidback, uber-deep rub for the headnoddin’ crew.

Liking all three but it’s the Original that takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.