Floorplan – Music/Tell You No Lie

April 30, 2016 in Singles

Floorplan Music M-PlantWell, this took me by surprise! See, we all know Robert Hood makes quite hard, driving techno, and we all know that Floorplan is his ‘house’ alias. But if I’m honest, some of the Floorplan stuff hasn’t sounded that different from his work under his own name to my disco-dolly ears.

There’s no such confusion here, though, as the Underground Resistance veteran heartily embraces his OWN inner disco dolly on these two tracks. Music is quite driving by disco-house standards, with a throbbing, almost French Kiss-like bassline and two contrasting vocals: a male, sung “music!” one and a spoken female one that I suspect is either Loleatta or Millie Jackson, though I could be wrong. Over on the B, meanwhile, Tell You No Lie is equally uptempo but lighter in tone, with a “disco guy, you’ll be sorry if you pass me by” vocal [sampled from Brainstorm’s 1977 hit Lovin’ Is Really My Game] and strings to die for.

A wicked EP which shows that, when it’s done well, there’s still plenty of life in the disco-house dog yet!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Mr Hood’s M-Plant label, who you can find at their own website or on his Facebook page.

HDSN – Money, Sex & Cadillacs

February 5, 2016 in Singles

HDSN Money, Sex & Cadillacs Carton-Pâte RecordsFour tracks of funk- and jazz-inflected deep house goodness here from French label Carton-Pâte Records (AKA CP-Rec) and newbie Mancunian producer HDSN.

Funk Ya Daughter is up first, a near-instrumental affair with muted beats, a rolling bassline, funk geetar chops and crowd noise. Jack Taylor, which follows, is of a jazzier bent, building from a filtered intro with tinkling ivories, languid sax doodles, and a sampled, jive-talkin’ vocal that vies for the attention with chopped diva wails. Momma Used To Say has nothing to do with the Junior Giscombe track some may be thinking of; instead, a disco-house-y backing is topped with more diva wails, aquatic sounds and minor-key chords, which are then joined by one of the strangest vocals you’ll hear all month. It starts with some guy waxing lyrical about house music; so far so normal, it’s when he starts describing his clothes that things get a bit odd! And then finally there’s Workin’ (Since 84), a more heads-down house groover with chopped n’ looped male “baby… workin’ all the time” vox and some wukka-wukking guitar action.

All good, but top prize goes to Jack Taylor – those keys are to die for.

Out: This week

About: Find Carton-Pâte Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Angelo Salici – Soulshaker

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Angelo Salici Soulshaker Abracadabra RecordingsA nice quick one now cos there’s just the one mix.

Soulshaker also isn’t, it has to be said, the most groundbreaking or pioneering of tracks, being a simple rolling tech-houser with much use of the filters and a sleazy, slinky bassline that definitely represents the track’s main focus – despite the extended sampled disco breakdown that crops up not once but twice.

But what it may lack in innovation, it makes up for in energy, because Soulshaker is as compelling an order to dance as you’ll hear all week. And that’s enough to warrant it a shout here!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Stanny Abram’s Abracadabra Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

COEO – Back In The Days EP

January 31, 2016 in Singles

COEO Back In The Days EP Toy TonicsA five-track EP here from Toy Tonics adn the German duo of Florian Vietz and Andreas Höpfl that proves you CAN do disco-inspired house without getting all cheesy about it. Not that that was really ever in doubt round these parts.

Back In The Days itself tops simple, muted 4/4s with sweeping disco strings, a spoken male vocal talking about the birth of house music and spacey synth wobbles. Jugendstil is a more laidback groover with a languid funk b-line and spoken/shouted male vox,  ++++ is the most discofied track on the whole EP with its filters and “Makossa!” shouts, but Humbled comes close, sounding not unlike an early 00s Credence disco-houser on mild downers.

Only Native Riddim, which its more strident 4/4s and a sampled, spoken female (which appears to be from an interview with some soul/R&B diva, though I couldn’t say who) flips the script a little, otherwise this is one strictly for the lovers of deep, druggy disco. But I suspect there may be more than a few of those among the TIWWD readership!

Out: This week

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

Fouk – Groove EP

January 17, 2016 in Singles

Fouk Gruff House Of DiscoSome classier-than-your-average nu-disco/disco-house bizniss here from London label House Of Disco and the Dutch duo of Daniel Leseman and Hans Peeman, AKA Fouk. Actually, even labelling this as “disco-house” is possibly doing Fouk a disservice – it’s arguably closer in spirit to vintage west coast funk à la Zapp.

Freebooter opens proceedings, a fairly laidback groover with talkbox-like sounds (hence the Zapp comparisons) and a bassline that could’ve come straight off a Credence release from the early 00s. You then get three mixes of Gruff itself to choose from: the loungey, Balearic-leaning original, a more stripped n’ strutty Snacks Remix and a Ron Basejam Remix that you can imagine finding favour with the likes of Mr Scruff or Gilles Peterson with its Bugz/Recloose-y feel. Completing the EP is Orchard, a slightly lower-tempo offering with restrained funk geetar and mournful trumpets.

Freebooter and the original of Gruff lead the pack for yours truly.

Out: This week coming on vinyl, digitally from 1 Feb.

About: You can find House Of Disco on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Doug English & Ross Regs – Credo

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Doug English & Ross Regs Credo Blue DyeMoving into slightly techier house pastures now (but with a disco twist) we have this offering from Germany’s Blue Dye, which is the work of two Detroit-based producers.

Three mixes of Credo to choose from. The original tops slamming tech-house beats with a disco-style vocoder/talkbox vocal (not sure which) and  some absolutely KILLER slap-bass action. Antony Toga’s remix ups the tempo a little and adds some great space disco stabs but sadly dispenses with the slap bass, while finally the PachangaStorm & Oliver Deuerling Remix is more overtly house-ified again, while also rocking a big horrorshow synth-bass breakdown that’s vaguely redolent of 80s electro (think Amityville or Inspector Gadget).

The Original’s the standout for me here but the other two are plenty playable as well.

Out: This week

About: Find Blue Dye herehere and here.

Paul Najera – Swaggy P EP

December 5, 2015 in Singles

Paul Najera Swaggy P EP Late Night Jackin'Paul Najera makes a rare appearance without Jr Quijada in tow on this two-tracker for San Fran’s Late Night Jackin’ stable.

Earphunk is the instant attention-getter of the two, based as it is around an “aye-aye-ayah” vocal sample from the Stereo MCs, which squires a spoken, female “push me, make me, take me” vocal atop quite frenetic rolling beats and a hip-swayin’ b-line. But Hollyhood Swinging is well worth checking too with its rock-solid 4/4s, funk geetar and swirling brass fanfares.

Two very solid cuts that’ll move (proper) deep house floors without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: Find Late Night Jackin’ on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Purple Disco Machine – Tank Drop EP

December 5, 2015 in Singles

Purple Disco Machine Tank EP KIttball RecordsGonna keep things on a strictly house tip tonight, starting at the more funk-fuelled end of the spectrum with this latest from Dresden’s Purple Disco Machine.

There’s just the two tracks on offer. Tank Drop itself is the kind of disco-tinged romper that’ll serve you well on deep house floors around about peaktime, but perhaps more immediate is the break-driven Yo, with its “yo baby!” shouts and familiar disco bassline whose original source has been bugging the hell out of me all day, a manic scratching section in the middle serving to underline the track’s defiantly old-school feel.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you on German label Kittball, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Javier Penna & Cristian Poow – Illusion

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Javier Penna Cristian Poow Illusion Dbeatzion RecordsMoving into more uptempo house territory, here we have a cheeky little number from Argentina’s Dbeatzion Records.

Illusion sees label boss Cristian Poow teaming up with Javier Penna for a remake of/homage to Imagination’s 80s boogie classic Just An Illusion that sits somewhere between deep house and nu-disco, and that also sports a nagging keys riff that doesn’t half remind me of the riff from 2 In A Room’s 90s stomper El Trago. It’s presented in simple Club and Radio mixes, so not much more to tell you, really.

Not the most groundbreaking of cuts, admittedly, but it’ll work on the floor without a doubt.

Out: This week

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

Kapote – Fuck Music EP

November 21, 2015 in Singles

Kapote Fuck Music EP Toy TonicsAnother satisfyingly varied EP here, this one coming from Germany’s Toy Tonics.

Label boss Kapote is the man at the controls, serving up three original tracks. Arpeggio opens the EP and sits slap bang in the middle of a Venn diagram where tech-house, punk-funk and nu-disco collide with its throbbing disco synth-bass and squelchin’, squealin’ analogue synths. It gets a bit in-your-face for me in places, but the floors it’s aimed at will lap it up I’m sure. Better for me though is Fuck Music itself, a far deeper house groove with, again, a strong disco influence. Session Victim provides a remix that adds crowd noise, chopped-up vocal snips, jazzy keyboard trills and hand percussion, and then finally N1 comes on like disco-house gone minimal, if you can imagine such a thing, before breaking out into heavily filtered soulful vox towards the end. It also makes me want to sing Fatback’s Master Booty over the top, for some reason.

The Original of the title track is the standout to these ears, though.

Out: This week

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