BiG AL – Deep Into Space EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL Deep Into Space EP Different AttitudesTypically fine deep house grooves here from my man Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour, coming this time not on his own Ready Mix Records or Haute Musique, but on a UK label TIWWD readers just might have come across before… Different Attitudes.

It’s a two-track affair. Deep Into Space itself is quite a trad-style deep house dancefloor jam, with a bumpin’, garage-y feel that’s augmented by chipmunk’d female “deep in love” vocal snips. Flip it over and you’ll find Woodstock Love, a much more uptempo, driving cut that’s clearly aimed at peaktime play and that sports jazzy trumpet fanfares and micro-snatches of soulful male vocal.

S’good, but Deep Into Space takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 4 Jan.

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook, why don’t you?

Jon Lee – Making Me It! EP

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Jon Lee Making Me It! EP Different AttitudesYet more fine house grooves here, these ones coming from Different Attitudes and newcomer Jon Lee.

Just the two tracks to choose from. On the A, Making Me It! itself rocks a pulsing synth/bass riff that’s not a little reminiscent of Kerri’s Bar A Thym, pairing it with simple shuffling beats and snippets of garage-y fem vox. Flip it over and you’ll find Will I See You Tonight, a more strutty but densely layered houser with just the faintest hint of prog to some of the synth sounds.

Good stuff as ever from Different Attitudes, with Making Me It! my pick of the two.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 December

About: You can find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Matt Prehn – Hurts Just A Little EP

November 14, 2015 in Singles

Matt Prehn Hurts Just A Little EP Different AttitudesSouth African house stalwart Matt Prehn serves up a two-tracker for the UK’s Different Attitudes here.

On the A, Hurts Just A Little itself is an understated deep house chugger with a (lightly) treated soul/jazz-style male vocal, trippy synth FX and lashings of warm, enveloping bass. Flip it over for Make Your Piece [sic], which rocks slightly tuffer drums, a very Moroder-esque bassline and shouted “make your peace with God!” vox, plus a second, punk-funky half-sung/half-spoken vocal saying “get your fake on”, or something.

Both are cool but Make Your Piece nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: Different Attitudes can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alek Soltirov – Nothing You Can Do EP

October 17, 2015 in Singles

Alek Soltirov Nothing You Can Do EP Different AttitudesAfter yesterday’s tuffer selections, gonna keep it strictly on a house n’ garage tip tonight, kicking off with this two-tracker from Different Attitudes.

On the A, Nothing You Can Do itself is a gorgeously warm lil’ groover sitting right on the house/garage cusp, with cut-up fem vox leading into a full vocal. Flip it over and Too Many Questions is a little more sparse but just as deep, with warbling synth notes, cut-up male vox this time and organ chords sitting atop muted, rolling beats.

Both are highly playable but the title cut nudges it for me – that vocal is just glorious.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 26 October

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Criss Korey – Out Of Space EP

October 3, 2015 in Singles

Criss Korey Out Of Space EP Different AttitudesMoving into more garage-y pastures now with this latest from Different Attitudes.

It’s another two-track affair. Out Of Space itself tops its bumpin’ groove with insistent keyboard stabs, sampled spoken vox talking about space and an accompanying soulful male topline. The Secret, meanwhile, heads into deeper but equally funky-assed territory, and comes topped with snatches of film dialogue.

If that ever-fertile place where deep house and (proper, US) garage collide is where you like to strut your stuff then trust me, you need this record.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 12 October

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

3Kilo – Got To Give It Up EP

July 23, 2015 in Singles

3Kilo Got To Give It Up EP Different AttitudesThree quite different releases for you tonight, kicking off with the latest from Different Attitudes.

Just the two tracks make up the EP. Got To Give It Up itself is a mid-paced deep house chugger, with looping, treated “you’re gonna…you’re gonna… you’re gonna give it up” vox and a vaguely garage-y overall feel. Flip it over and you’ll find Space Lopez, a just slightly livelier cut with a nice hefty bassline, some almost electro-ish synth lead sounds (in the old skool 80s sense) and atmospheric washes galore.

Liking both cuts here but Got To Give It Up takes the gold.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 10 August

About: You can find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook

Various – Different Attitudes For The Summer 2015

July 12, 2015 in Albums

Different Attitudes For The Summer 2015Another strong compilation set from Different Attitudes here, featuring 10 deep/tech house nuggets from as many different artists.

3Kilo’s Feel It gets the ball rolling in contemporary-style deep house fashion, followed by 4BeatClub’s slow-chuggin’, almost new beat-ish Automaton. Alek Soltirov’s Pulsar Wind rocks sparse drums and busy synths, while Alternate Roots bring a little classic house/garage flava with the female-vocalled, funk-fuelled Different Spaces. Cartoon’s Dive Me sees us back in more contemporary territory with its soulful male vox and fat, squelchy bass, and we stay there for Jon Sweetname’s Muzungu, a synthier cut. Lee Mace’s Liquid Love with its dark, rumbling bass, skippy beats and sweet fem vox is where the garage lovers will want to head first, while if it’s bouncy M1 vibes you’re after look no further than Nacho Riveros’s Let’s Dance. Next To You by Revivis is a crunchy, techy and slightly wonkified affair topped with more soulful male vox, and finally Underfloor’s B.O.W plays us out in trippy, heads-down 4am fashion.

Something for everyone, really… but the Alternate Roots, Lee Mace, 4BeatClub and Nacho Riveros offerings stand out for this reviewer.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 20 July

About: Find Different Attitudes, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

PS: The more observant among you may notice that the tracks are listed here in alphabetical order of artist, which is a tad unusual… but I checked and that does appear to be the order they’re in.

Alek Soltirov – I’m Thinking Of You EP

June 27, 2015 in Singles

Alek Soltirov I'm Thinking Of You EP Different AttitudesMacedonian producer Alek Soltirov makes his Different Attitudes debut with a two-track EP here.

On the A, I’m Thinking Of You is a midtempo groover that’s heavily influenced by the sounds of 80s boogie and jazz-funk, and that sports a sweet female vocal sampled from Veronica’s 1998 R&B hit Someone To Hold. Flip it and you’ll find Step To Me, a lazy, laidback deep houser with chopped-up fem vox and some nice squelcy synth sounds.

Step To Me is cool but it’s I’m Thinking Of You that stands out for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Skeleton Army – Djinni EP

June 14, 2015 in Singles

Skeleton Army Djinni EP Different AttitudesMoving into slightly bouncier house pastures now with this two-tracker from Skeleton Army.

On the A, Djinni itself is based around an otherworldly, almost Theremin-ish synth hook and a BIG organ riff, both of which sit atop swung 4/4s accompanied by chopped-up female vocal snips. Over on the B, meanwhile, Pistols At Dawn is a pulsing, surging affair with more looping vocal snips, a hefty bassline, and a slightly Balearic/prog kinda feel to the main synth riff with a hint of Italo, too.

Two tracks that are tailormade for the summer months, with Djinni my pick of the two.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: This is brought to you by Different Attitudes, who as ever can be found here and here.