Demarkus Lewis – Running On Kaoz Street EP

August 1, 2015 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis Running On Kaoz Street EP Madhouse RecordsNext up tonight, some very fine garage-leaning deep house grooves from the legend that is Demarkus Lewis.

Body High is up first with swung beats, Jersey-ish organ stabs, chopped-up male vox and some off-kilter, jazzy keyboard fills. Okay rides more straight-up 4/4s with lovely lingering chords, a looped, soulful male “okay” vocal and, as the track progresses, some very subtle jazz piano licks. And then finally there’s Playing It For You, a slightly deeper cut with hypnotic reversed synths, skippy beats and cut-up female vocals this time.

Not picking a fave here – all three are very classy indeed. But then from Mr Lewis we expect no less!

Out: This week

About: As you may have already guessed from the title, this comes on Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records. Find ’em 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.

Demarkus Lewis – Dog Eat Dog EP

January 23, 2015 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis Dog Eat Dog EPIf I told you there was a new Demarkus Lewis EP on Lost My Dog, you’d be expecting trad-style deep house grooves of the finest calibre already, would you not? You’d be right…

Just the two tracks to choose from. When I Get (What I Want) is a bumpin’ dancefloor number, with skippy, garage-y drums, nagging organs and a soulful, near-falsetto male vocal complimented by some female wails. Feeling My Feelings, meanwhile, lifts the “deep in my soul” line from Praise Cats’ classic Shined On Me and places it over a backdrop of no-nonsense beats and heavily filtered synths.

Think When I Get (What I Want) nudges it for me, but it’s a close-run thing!

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

Remote Persona – Tabula Rasa EP

April 9, 2014 in Singles

Remote Persona Tabula Rasa EP Deep Site SpaceMoving into more upbeat, housier territory now with this latest from Croatia’s Deep Site Space.

Slightly oddly, given the EP title, you get just the one mix of Tabula Rasa itself but three of ‘bonus’ cut State Of Mind. Taking them in that order, then, Tabula Rasa is quite uptempo as deep house goes these days, sporting mournful trumpets (?) atop crisp, driving beats. State Of Mind is also quite energetic, not to mention several notches techier with its ominous rumbling b-line, fractured hi-hats, rave-y synths (think Acen or Jonny L) and “enter the state of mind” spoken male vocal. Adrian Duran’s remix is a notch deeper, letting a big gnarly b-line drive the track forward, while Demarkus Lewis surprises with a remix that’s got something of an early Warp feel to its bleepy synths and toytown rave keys.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Space here and here.

Jason Mitchell – Up And In

April 5, 2014 in Singles

Jason Mitchell Up And In Deep House AfcionadoAnother new label make their TIWWD debut… say hello everyone to Deep House Aficionado!

Three mixes of Up And In to choose from. Mitchell’s original starts out quite tuff, with pounding techy drums and a very current-sounding buzzy bassline, but then after a couple of minutes some garage-y organ stabs join the party too. The Clitterhouse Remix opts for a more 90s feel with its funkier b-line and rave-y stabs, but the standout mix (unsurprisingly, many would say!) comes from Demarkus Lewis, who takes all of the above elements, ups the pace a notch, adds some female vocal stabs and goes straight for the dancefloor jugular…

Out: This week

About: Based in Sydney, Deep House Afcionado – now just three releases old – is brought to you by the peeps behind the longer-running Deeptonic podcast. Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Agent Libre – Miles Away

January 25, 2014 in Singles

Agent Libre Miles Away DeepWit RecordingsAnother familiar label, more heavy-hitter remixes and more quality deep house vibes here, with the label in question this time being Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Four mixes of Miles Away to choose from. In its original form it’s an unhurried shuffler with a simple lolloping rhythm topped with sumptuous filtered strings, some lovely warm keys and barely-there snatches of female vocal, the overall effect being not unreminiscent of Dave Lee in Akabu mode. Label boss Alvaro Hylander is first up to the remix plate, bringing us a superb 5am pass that’s both stripped right down and just slightly pumped up at the same time. Demarkus Lewis goes for the soulful dancefloor jugular with a rub that brings the vocal to the fore, while lastly Reagan Grey goes in the opposite direction, emphasizing the track’s sweeping, epic qualities.

If pushed I think Demarkus Lewis just edges it but to be honest, all four mixes are pretty damn fine…

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Demarkus Lewis – Live Lite

November 10, 2013 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis Live Lite Headset RecordingsWe’ve come to expect quality from Mr Lewis over the years. He doesn’t disappoint here.

In its Original form, Live Lite starts out with lovely crisp drums and gently insistent chords, which are joined before too long by a funky b-line and a couple of chopped-up lines of garage-y female vocal… it’s classy stuff, even if it is essentially “just a groove”. Had this on in the car yesterday and Mrs TIWWD’s verdict was “I like this one, it’s happy and bouncy”. Over on the B, meanwhile, Mark Graham’s Stripped Back Dub shouldn’t need too much explaining, having a deeper, darker, more hypnotic feel.

Like I said, Mr Lewis doesn’t disappoint!

Out: This week

About: This one comes on San Francisco’s ever-checkable Headset Recordings.

Demarkus Lewis – U Never Know

April 27, 2013 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis U Never Know Something DifferentYou know you’ve been doing this shit FAR too long when you remember reviewing an artist’s early releases and bigging ’em up as a ‘hot new talent’, then over a decade later you find yourself writing things like “something of a coup for Something Different as they enlist the services of scene veteran Demarkus Lewis”. As I did back around the turn of the millennium, and am doing now, respectively.

Still, at least it means I was right all those years ago! Anyway, three mixes of U Never Know to choose from. The original’s a stuttery, skippy affair with treated male vocal snips and some cool organ-y synth sounds, while Evan Iff strips things down and dubs ’em out on his remix, also adding a trippy ‘elevator voice’ intro. But it’s the even more dubbed-out Jamie Funk rub that’s floating my boat the most. A certified 4am dark floor groover that just demands you tune in, turn on and bounce out…

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various – After Hours Miami 2013 Sampler EPs

April 18, 2013 in Singles

After Hours Miami 2013 TraxsourceAfter Hours Miami 2013 BeatportWell it’s been another crazy day, but unlike Gerry Rafferty I’m not gonna drink the night away. Because a) I don’t drink and b) I’ve got blogging to do. Like telling you about these two sampler EPs from King Street.

Not sure whether that’s as in ‘label sampler’ or as in ‘sampler for a forthcoming album’ but either way, they’ve done the usual KSS thing of doing two separate editions for Traxsource and Beatport. Now, normally they’ll have the more pumping stuff on Beatport and the more soulful vibes on Traxsource but here it’s not quite so clear-cut.

So on the Traxsource edition, you get one or two crossover-tastic numbers like Conga Squad’s It’s All Yours and John Demark & Antoine Cortez’s Fabolous Disco, neither of which would sound out of place at a Hed Kandi party, but mostly you get deeper vibes from the likes of Nicko Vee (the London/Berlin-sounding Rise), Demarkus Lewis (the bumping, west coast-ish Deeper Than Thou) and TIWWD regular Stefan Kaye (the mellow n’ melodic Liaison). On the Beatport edition, meanwhile, Gary Caos’s swing-infused Woman sits next to the stripped-down 5am dancefloor workout that is Redondo’s Say It To Me, and the big throbbing bass on the Crabibiza Remix of Namy & Barbara Tucker’s I Can’t Wait, which wouldn’t have sounded out of place at a Brummie bassline night circa 2003-5 (and that’s NOT a diss).

With such a wide range of styles on offer and no obvious ‘theming’ it’s hard to recommend which different buyers should, er, purchase. But then with 13 new tracks from one of the world’s longest-running and most-respected house music stables, you’re not gonna go too far wrong snapping up both…

Out: This week, on promo at the respective online stores. Everywhere else from 7 May.

About: These come on Street King, technically, but carry the logos of all three King Street imprints. Here’s the obligatory and by now no doubt very familar worldwide supernet interlink thingummy.

Dale Howard – Prime Cuts 01

April 6, 2013 in Albums

Dale Howard Prime Cuts 01 Lost My DogJust over a week ago, I described the sampler EP for this album as “superb stuff that suggests the album will really be something special”. Well, whaddya know… it turns out I was right. Something special this is indeed.

Prime Cuts 01 is the first in a new mix comp series from Lost My Dog that sees Mr Howard raiding the label’s back catalogue for tasty musical treats, and throwing in a few of his own productions for good measure. So the artist roster here is mostly made up of very familiar names – Pete Dafeet, YSE, Dominic Martin, Demarkus Lewis, as well as Howard himself – while the likes of Giom, Huxley, Milton Jackson and Moodymanc also crop up on remix duties. Combine a line-up like that, with Dale’s by now well-established penchant for those funked-up environs where deep house and garage collide, and you have the recipe for a 12-track journey into slinky, sexy dancefloor bump n’ grind that’s pretty much unmissable.

Picking highlights is almost superfluous, cos this rocks from start to finish… but YSE feat Frank H Carter III’s soul-dripping Magic In Your Eyes is one track the USG heads will fiend for while Domsko feat Astral T’s Hard Yards (Dub) will satisfy those in search of big, throbbing 4am jackery. So everyone’s happy, then.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.