Various – Numusic Vol 3

April 13, 2014 in Singles

Numusic Vol 3 UM RecordsNext up we have this six-track sampler from the ever-dependable UM Records.

Yigit Atilla’s No Excuses is an object lesson in how to do dubbed-out deep house properly. Tidy Daps’ The Lie plays with classic Chi-Town deep house tropes, overlaying sumptuous piano and spoken vocal samples, while Olej & Stereoteric’s End Of March (presented here in Toxez Remix form) is a laidback n’ lazy late night gem. ReadyMix boss Big AL gives us Grace which is aimed straight at weary 5am floors, its drifting synth washes and barely-there snatches of vocal underpinned throughout by rock solid drums, before Da Funk (of Acryl Music fame) comes with Soul Knights, a more funktified, warm-up kinda cut, and then finally Dilby’s Starting Over is one for truly locked-on dancefloors to lose themselves in.

Big AL and Yigit Atilla vie for top honours if pushed, but really this is excellent stuff all round… from a label from whom we expect nothing less!

Out: This week

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

Various – nUMusic Vol 2

December 7, 2013 in Singles

numusic vol 2 UM RecordsOnce again it’s the weekend and I find myself with a ton of catching up to do… so gonna keep things brief today.

To which end I’ll simply tell you that this is a new sampler EP from UM Records featuring tracks from Dilby, Submantra, Tim Andresen, Santiago Santamaria, Big AL, Jon Salem and Portofino Sunrise… and if that hasn’t got you salivating already then you’re probably reading the wrong blog, frankly. Dilby’s Starting Over – an unashamed homage to Alexander O’Neal’s Criticize – and the deep n’ dreamy vibes of Santiago Santamaria’s City Groove are particular standouts for yours truly, but you’ll have your own favourites I’m sure…

Out: This week

About: You can find Richie Hartness’s New Zealand-based UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Dilby – Again & Again EP

June 28, 2013 in Singles

Dilby Again & Again EP UM RecordsAnother label that can generally be relied upon to come up with the deep house goods are Richie Hartness’s UM Records, and they don’t disappoint here.

It’s all about fusion with this one, as Dilby gets busy on the cross-pollination tip. After All leans heavily on a dub reggae bassline, topping it with dreamy pads and a heavily treated, familiar-sounding “after all that we’ve been through” vocal. But fan as I always am of reggae/house blends (including this one), it’s actually Howling At The Moon that’s working best for me, in which Dilby tries his hand at a spot of St Germain-esque blues dabblin’, to remarkably good effect. Not 100% convinced by the big-room’d-up Supacooks Remix if I’m honest, but that’s okay cos the sparse, languid Original and slightly more drifty Carlo Remix are doing the job nicely, ta.

Out: This week

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

Dilby – Taking Flight

March 7, 2013 in Singles

Dilby Taking Flight Form-and FunctionI was just gonna do two reviews tonight but go on, let’s make it three. Cos sadly not everyone’s as broadminded as they might be, so if I can’t tempt you with scary dark techno or fromage-tastic frivolities (see below), then here’s tonight’s dose of deep house (bordering on slo-mo) action courtesy of currently Berlin boy Dilby.

And a very fine dose it is too, coming in two mixes. The In The Club Vocal Mix is a languid, throbby affair, propelled by solid but understated kicks and with “fly in the sky” vocal snips buried quite deep in the mix, while the In The Disco Mix drops the pace even lower (from 118 to 105 bpm, by my reckoning), being disco in the cosmic rather than the glitterball sense.

Both are really rather excellent, so if I were you I’d check this out immediately. Oh, and I’ve just noticed there’s supposed to be an In The Club Dub as well – not sure what happened to that one but hey.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Form-and Function.

Various – Twisted Artists Vol 2

February 22, 2013 in Albums

Twisted Artists Vol 2 GartenhausYou know what they say about women and buses*? Well, the same rules apply to deep house albums from Denmark, it seems! So our second collection of deep Danish vibes today comes from Gartenhaus.

It’s quite a different proposition from the DeepWit collection below, though. Where that one veers towards lounge/ambient territory, this one’s techier and more club-oriented; hell, Brown Sugar from Strung Fellows positively pounds along at a rip-roaring 127bpm! 😉 There’s more use of vocals, too, though said vocals tend to be of the spoken word or down-pitched variety, and almost exclusively male. If you looked at the two albums as a night out, then this would be the wonked-out 5am afterhours session, the DeepWit collection would be for when you get home and melt into the sofa afterwards.

I must admit, for me personally the down-pitched vox thing is getting quite old quite quickly, which is the only drawback here. Other than that though, with tracks from the likes of Dilby, Mr Leman, Thomas AS and Larsson, this is another album that’s well worth investigating.

Out: This week

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

* “You wait ages, then two come along at once” – for the benefit of non-UK readers in countries where that might not be a saying.

Dilby – Cuts N Bruises EP

January 9, 2012 in Singles

Let’s kick off the week with some no-nonsense beats, on this deep/tech floorshaker from Unrivaled Music.

Accidents Will Happen starts with a long drum-led intro, before eventually an oddly muted organ sound joins the party… and, once you throw in a few tiny vocal snips and the odd synth stab, that’s actually about it. One for those 4am, locked-on moments for sure. On the B, Running With Scissors takes a slightly less stripped-down approach, and adds a little twist of disco for good measure.
Two solid cuts that will move house dancefloors of many persuasions. Cover’s a bit scary, though.
Out: This week
About: Unrivaled Music is, of course, part of the Endemic Digital stable