Module One – Friday Night EP

February 13, 2016 in Singles

Module One Friday Night EP MotechA three-track EP from long-running Detroit label Motech here that’ll appeal to lovers of deep house and Detroit techno alike.

The EP is the work of Russian producer Victor Kiktenko, who hails from Rostov, around 125 miles NE of Moscow. Friday Night itself is up first, with a female vocal from Victoria Pagudina sitting atop a fluid, bassy backdrop. Reunion is a dusty, jazzy lil’ roller and even more likely to get an airing on deep house floors, while finally Somnambulate takes us, as the name suggests, into more late-night territory.

Liking all three tracks here, but if pushed I think Reunion just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

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

Various – Clockwerk

October 15, 2015 in Singles

Clockwerk EP Soiree Records InternationalA very strong V/A set here from Derrick Thompson’s long-running Soiree Records International.

Thompson himself gets the ball rolling in his Drivetrain guise, serving up Stranger It Feels, a druggy, hypnotic house groove that builds from the sparsest of beginnings into something far more ass-shakin’. Next up is Glasgow producer Jace Syntax, whose Basicz is a deep dancefloor excursion built for the very late hours, after which Cloudmaster Weed from France gives us Consciousness, a slightly tuffer, more driving affair that nods to both Chicago and Detroit while having something of an Afro tinge as well. And then finally there’s Duality from Detune, an ever-evolving six minutes of late-night headnodding bliss.

File under ‘classy grooves that should appeal to househeads of many persuasions’.

Out: This week

About: Find Soiree Records International on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rick Wade – Strong Arm

July 27, 2015 in Singles

Rick Wade Strong Arm EP RYMD RecordsJust a handful of last week’s releases still to catch up tonight, starting with this vinyl-only release from London’s RYMD Records.

Detroitian house stalwart and Harmonie Park label boss Rick Wade is the man at the helm, serving up two original tracks. Strong Arm is a midpaced deep houser, quite beefy in the drums department but sporting warm pads you just want to dive into and swim around in, while Funkopolis is, as the name suggests, a funkier (and slower) groove that sits right on the cusp of deep house and nu disco. Remix-wise, the Deep 88 Remix of Strong Arm isn’t hugely different from the original, just a lil’ more stripped-back and strutty, while Emotion’s One Take Jam Edit owes a debt of inspiration to the techno of Wade’s hometown.

All good but I’ll take the originals over the remixes here.

Out: Now

About: This is limited to 300 copies (pressed in lovely red vinyl) so get ’em while they’re hot, peeps! You can find RYMD Records on Soundcloud, Facebook and Bandcamp, or at their own website.

Lionel Weets – Alien Opera

March 28, 2014 in Singles

Lionel Weets Alien Opera MotechWe move from Germany to Detroit now, with Belgian producer Lionel Weets bringing us this neat little two-tracker on DJ 3000’s long-running Motech label.

Alien Opera is all Latin beats and jazz pianos for the first two and a half minutes of its life, before in come those gloriously old skool-sounding Detroitian strings. As fine a dancefloor workout as Alien Opera undoubtedly is, though, it’s actually B-side Through The Universe that takes top honours for me, which moves into deep house/garage territory with chopped-up fem vox, more soaring strings and some gorgeous NJ-style Rhodes. Proper!

Look out for a full-length album, Stellar Orchestra, due on 12 May… on this evidence it should be a cracker.

Out: This week

About: You can find Motech on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

It’s Not Over – It’s Now Over

January 31, 2014 in Albums

It's Not Over It's Now OverOver the past couple of years, Berlin-resident Brit Spencer Parker has been anonymously putting out a series of vinyl-only 12-inches under the name It’s Not Over. Now, anonymous no longer, nine tracks from those 12-inches get a digital and CD release, accompanied by a second disc of eight remixes and bonus tracks.

It’s a collection that pays unashamed homage to the past: fierce, jacking Chicago house and tough, funk-fuelled Detroit techno are the general order of the day. In fact in most cases, it’s really only the crisp modern production values that give any indication these tracks were made in this decade, not 25 years previously! Highlights for yours truly include the deeper, M1-driven East Pointe (which comes with a superb Beatless Remix) and the relentless Motor City onslaught of Belle Ville, but like they say, it’s all good…

Jacking of bodies will undoubtedly ensue.

Out: This week

About: This comes, of course, on It’s Not Over the label, which as a ‘secret squirrel’ kinda project doesn’t seem to have a website of its own or anything. But you can find Mr Parker himself here.

Brooks Mosher – Get Ready EP

November 3, 2013 in Singles

Brooks Mosher Get Ready EP Release/SustainGet ready indeed… to get seriously down and dirty Detroit-stylee as Motor City native Mosher serves up a four-tracker for Release Sustain.

The title track here is predicated almost entirely upon the big fuck-off rave bassline, underpinned by fierce technoid beats and topped with all manner of other synth squiggles and looping vocal snips. Encroachment then delves back even further in time, being a full-blown acid bass workout made for big systems in dark rooms. Fred P supplies a deeper ‘Reshape’ of Get Ready while final track Memory Flash is a more melodic, prog-tinged affair. But it’s the first two that make this essential.

Out: This week, on vinyl. Digitally from 25 November.

About: Release Sustain are based in London and can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Greg Gow – Basic Fundamentals EP

October 9, 2013 in Singles

Greg Gow Basic Fundamentals EP RestructuredWe signed off on a techy note last night so let’s start there again tonight, with this four-track EP from Canada’s Greg Gow on his own Restructured label.

Darkest Hour kicks off proceedings, a deep, dark and dubby techno cut with truly cavernous production. Deep Six is a more obviously floor-oriented affair with a decidedly Detroitian feel, while Down With The Lites is a stompy number driven by rock-solid kicks that’ll appeal to techno and house heads alike. And then finally Flood Zone is a deeper house cut that’s less jack, more groove, though again the influence of classic Motor City techno can be heard.

A varied EP that’s well worth checking for yourself, with Darkest Hour and Down With The Lites standing out for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Restructured here.

Mias Void – Tactics/Matthias Vogt – Your Love

April 20, 2013 in Singles

Mias Void Tactics EP Teng Matthias Vogt Your Love Large MusicScene stalwart Matthias Vogt drops a pair of bombs this week, one under his new, not-so-secret Mias Void alias and one under his own name.

The Mias Void release comes on Nick Woolfson’s Teng label and features Tactics and Believer, both informed by the spirit of Detroit techno and Chicago house. The former’s my pick, its militant 4am percussion groove recalling nothing so much as vintage Relief tackle, but if you like it a little more melodic and flow-y then the arp-tastic Believer is the one to head for. A Barking Dogs remix of Tactics completes the package, but that’s more one for fans of glitchy, broken beat techno and not floating my boat quite so much.

Meanwhile, under his own name there’s Your Love on Large Music. Not 100% into the vocal on the title track TBH (sorry Matthias!) but it’s a pleasing ride otherwise, again with something of a Detroit techno vibe, while Kyodai supplies a darker, moodier refix. My money though would be on the instrumental Temperament, an epic house/techno cut with some great rattlin’ snares and dreamy, melodic synths.

Out: This week

About: You can find Large Music on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their on website, while Teng can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Adam Clark – Musica

March 18, 2013 in Singles

Adam Clarke Musica Endemic DigitalThis isn’t a phrase I thought I’d ever need to use, but it actually seems like a while since we last featured anything from Endemic Digital! But Adam Clark is here to right that wrong.

There are three mixes of Musica to choose from, all three of which are quite hard to describe. The original’s kinda deep prog or proggy deep, as you prefer, with sub-aquatic sounds borrowed from dub techno, while the Deephope Remix operates in similar territory, but sans the dubby elements and with a little of that very current big, bassy east London sound thrown in instead. And then finally there’s the Mr Fresh Remix, which is like deep, dark Detroit with a house-y bassline, and with what appears to be a man saying “Derek” over and over again over the top.

File under ‘intriguing deep, techy bizniss that you probably ought to check for yourself really’.

Out: This week

About: You know where to find Endemic by now…

QuestionmarQ – Emotive Worlds EP

April 4, 2012 in Singles

A five-tracker here from Cork’s Vision Collective and fellow Cork resident QuestionmarQ, AKA Marq Walsh, who for many years was resident at the city’s famous Sir Henry’s nightclub.

Do It gets proceedings off to a fine start, fusing old-skool Chicago and Detroit influences in the sound palette, adding a little disco sheen and topping it all off with “let’s do it!” vocal exhortations. Emotive is more yer typical moody late-night deep house groove, but still very cool, before Law Of The Worlds ramps up the funk factor. This latter somehow manages to be decidedly funky yet kind of blissed-out and dreamy at the same time, while Verma’s Fluffed Up Mix of it leans more heavily towards the latter part of the equation, using considerably more of the new age-y spoken vox for a start.

I’ll be quite honest, the more straight-up techno of Maydayz doesn’t do it for me so much, but that’s just me… its inclusion nevertheless serves to underline the fact that this is a very strong EP that sees Mr Walsh flexing his production muscles across an impressive range of styles.

Out: This week
About: Here’s the usual links, then… website Facebook Soundcloud