Subtron – Schön Schmuddel

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Subtron Schön Schmuddel Ritmik RecordsMixes to suit a range of moods on this three-track offering from Miami’s Ritmik Records, which is the work of label boss Maurizio Ruggiero, AKA Subtron.

In its original form, Schön Schmuddel (roughly, “a beautiful mess”) operates in the very deepest of house/techno territory, with a lilting, resonant bassline, delicate synth sweeps, lingering piano chords and an almost ambient feel overall. Terry Vernixx’s remix, though, flips the script completely with fierce tech-house drums, an urgent ass-shakin’ bassline and proggy synth sparkles, while Dexter Ford keeps the tinkling ivories from the original but underpins them with an ominous throbbing b-line and moody FX.

Top honours go to Mr Ford this time out for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Ritmik Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dexter Ford – Our Sun [Remixes]

September 13, 2013 in Singles

Dexter Ford Our Sun DeepFirst out on the Deop label comp in 2012, then revisited on Deep’s Miami sampler earlier this year, Our Sun finally gets a full run-out all on its ownsome, with four mixes to choose from.

First up is the deliciously deep, techy throb of Ariane ‘Shoes Bags & Boys’ Blank’s mix, which is followed by the similar-sounding but slightly more pared-down and percussive ChixUnighted Remix. Ford’s own DXTR Remix is one for fans of wonky, analogue-flavoured techno, while Shawn Rubens’ mix brings the EP to a close in deep and dubbed-out techno style, though for me the reedy analogue synths and the big wobbly bassline don’t sit together that well.

Definitely Ariane that’s taking the gold here for me, with the ChixUnighted rub a close second… but, y’know, horses for courses and all that.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep, which is part of the Liquid Music stable, here.

Stanny Abram – Stay With Me

August 9, 2013 in Singles

Stanny Abram Stay With Me Deep8 RecordingsStanny Abram’s name – I’ve just counted up – cropped up on this blog ten times in 2012, yet this is only his second TIWWD appearance of 2013, and the first since January. Nothing deliberate or personal though… and to prove it, here he is again with a brand spanking new EP for Deep8 recordings.

In its Original form, Stay With Me is a fairly tuff n’ drummy affair (as deep house goes) but still with plenty of slinky groove in its veins, thanks in no small part to a looping, off-kilter organ riff. Not 100% on the drone-y, Underworld-esque male vocal TBH, but it’s not over-applied and with a deep n’ bouncy rub from Sean Danke (my pick), two more driving, ass-shakin’ passes from Andi Rivera and a freaky-deaky, tech’d-out mix from Dexter Ford, not gonna grumble too much!

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep8, who are based in London, here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web).

Transcient – Labyrinth

July 1, 2013 in Singles

Transcient Labyrinth DeepSome very cool, very deep grooves now from the Miami-based label simply called Deep.

UK producer Transcient is the man at the controls and he serves up four very fine cuts, aided and abetted by Dexter Ford and Meloder. Labyrinth itself ain’t nothin’ but a headnoddin’ groove with spacey synths fluttering away quietly on top, Lara’s Theme is a slightly more bouncy, floor-friendly deep houser, Shake That (as remixed by Ford) is a more atmospheric piece that suddenly introduces quite a dark and twisted bassline halfway through, and then finally We Are The Same (as remixed by Meloder) is a dubby, lazy number that’ll work on late floors and on the headphones alike.

Excellent stuff all round, but the title cut just pips it for me.

Out: This week

About: Deep is part of the Liquid Music stable and you can find out all you need to know about the label here.

Josel – Effortless

May 23, 2013 in Singles

Josel Effortless Endemic DigitalLike the Deepsite release below, this new offering from Endemic Digital is home to some lovely deep, melodic grooves that you could file under house or techno as you see fit.

Dexter Ford’s throbbing, minimalistic (but not ‘minimal’, if you see what I mean) mix errs more towards the latter camp, Josel’s original more towards the latter. As for the Farfan, Nicolas Dales and Rose Tinted rubs, well, I’ll let you make your own mind up. But yeah… “lovely deep melodic grooves” just about covers the set as a whole.

Out: This week

About: Here’s the usual Endemic link, then.

Red Dub feat Kambiz – Find Me Again Remixes

April 11, 2013 in Singles

Red Dub Find Me Again DeepHere on the Deep label (part of the Liquid Music stable) we have three new mixes of a track that was out last year… and that yours truly hasn’t come across before. But as they’ve thoughtfully included the original, we’ll just treat it as a new release.

So, in its Original form, Find Me Again is a chuggy lil’ deep houser led by swung, filtered percussion and jaunty keys, which are joined halfway through by spoken, Afro-esque vocals and a back-to-Chitown bassline. Dexter Ford turns in a slightly deeper refix that makes more of the vocal, while label boss Guido Sava takes a left turn down the road marked ‘slightly menacing techno with rattling percussion’.

It’s the Dexter Ford rub that’s doing it best for me, though.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep and the rest of the Liquid Inc stable here.

Raffa L – I Want You

September 26, 2012 in Singles

Raffa L I Want You Unrivaled Music

Blimey… I know Unrivaled Music get a lot of love on this blog but they’ve excelled themselves here!

There are six mixes of I Want You on offer. In its Original form, it’s a chugging deep/tech house groover with a slightly Robert Owens-esque, treated male vocal, 90s organ sounds used quite subtly and some seriously buzzy rave bass. And then as for remixes… you’re spoiled for choice, really. There’s the (UK) garage-y refix from Liam Geddes. There’s Danny eM’s head-fried, wibbly pass. There’s a tuffer, techier rub from Dan Styles.

And then there’s not one but two outstanding mixes from Dexter Ford. His Up Mix really lets that rave bass shine through and teams it somewhat surprisingly with nu-disco synths, with great results. But his Down Mix… that’s as satisfying a journey into inner (head) space as you’re gonna take all week, a dubby affair with the production aesthetics of deep techno, the sexy slink of deep house and STILL with that buzz bassline in full effect.

The latter pass, as you can probably tell, takes top honours for me, with Geddes’ rub a close second. But this is outstanding stuff all round, truth be told – go seek.

Out: This week

About: You can find Unrivaled via the Endemic Digital Facebook page.