Demuir – Jacktified

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Demuir Jacktified I'm A House GangsterA pleasingly varied five-tracker here from I’m A House Gangster.

Rise Of The Sagittarian is up first, a boompty-jazz affair with rollin’ beats, tinkling ivories and sampled, spoken jazzman vox. Talkn Bout Gangsta treads a slightly more familiar strutty tech/G-house path for IAHG, but if the gangsta/hip-hop vox are too much for you it’s accompanied by a Dub that lets the funk of the track’s underlying groove shine through. Completing the EP is Raw N Crazy, another distinctly jazzual affair – and one where you might be glad there’s a Clean version included cos the spoken female vocal on the original may be just a little, ahem, ‘frank’ for some tastes…

All good, but Rise… takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find I’m A House Gangster on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Joris Dee – Underground Roll

January 24, 2016 in Singles

Joris Dee Underground Roll Fogbank RecordingsSticking with the jazzy vibes a minute, here we have a wicked little two-tracker from German producer Joris Dee and a US label I don’t think have featured on TIWWD, Fogbank Recordings.

Two mixes of Underground Roll to choose from. The Original’s underpinned by rolling, boompty-ish beats from somewhere vaguely in the Sneak/Carter zone, but it’s the ker-razy ass Rhodes wigout on top that’s the real star of the show, coming augmented with a rather odd vocal sample of some woman complaining to the operator about her telephone line (it sounds like it’s lifted from an old B&W movie, but I could be wrong). But more dedicated hepcat daddios may want to flip it for Demuir’s Playboy Edit, which tones down the slamming 4/4s and adds some parping jazz sax/clarinet (?) of its own.

A treat for ‘da proper heads’ whichever you plump for!

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Fogbank Recordings on Facebook or at their own website. I also note that their next release is coming from none other than Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax (see below), which while not exactly a mind-blowing coincidence is a coincidence all the same.

Demuir – Past To Future

March 20, 2015 in Singles

Demuir Past To Future EP I'm A House GangsterA three-tracker here from the mighty Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster imprint.

Whatchuwhooooant is up first, a relentlessly driving affair predicated around a buzzy bass throb and a rap-style vocal going on about “five-dollar bitches… going through my phone, checking my text messages, get outta my face” and so on. It’ll work on the floor but to these ears Drama Untied is better, a deeper house jam featuring some very cool jazzy keyboard licks, another no-nonsense b-line and a “we are all brothers” black consciousness vocal. And there’s another very distinctive vocal on final cut The Cheerleader, which comes on like classic Sneak/Carter-style booompty-boomp but slowed down and with added lounge-y interludes, and which sports a sample that – just in case I get anyone into trouble – I’m only gonna describe as being from a well-known gangster flick and involving the shining of shoes.

Three very solid cuts made to move bodies on dancefloors… which is what Friday nights are all about, n’est-ce pas?

Out: This week

About: Find I’m A House Gangster on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.