Addex – Kultural/Alabama Slammer [Remixes]

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural Remixes Limitation MusicWe kick off in deep house territory tonight with this three-track EP from Romanian producer Addex, coming on Bucharest’s Limitation Music label.

What’s on offer – as the title subtly suggests! – are new mixes of tracks from the previously released Kultural EP. First we get a Dub of Kultural itself, quite a laidback affair that’d work in warm-up sets or for post-club/Sunday afternoon listening. Then we head off to the dancefloor in the company of Santiago Santamaria, who brings us a gorgeous unhurried, deep garage-tinged rub of Alabama Slammer, before Distant Relatives JHB’s rub of Kultural plays us out on a dreamy, late-night note.

All good stuff here, but it’s Santamaria’s mix of Alabama Slammer that’s the killer.

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

About: This is only release number 19 from Limitation Music, who you can find here, here and here.

Kiano & Below Bangkok – Deep Thoughts [Remixed]

November 1, 2015 in Albums

Kiano & Below Bangkok Deep Thoughts Remixed Ready Mix RecordsTracks from the Croatian duo’s 2014 artist album get remixed by a host of respected deep house producers here, with predictably fine results!

It should be pointed out that this isn’t a ‘remix album’ as such, in the sense that they haven’t taken all of the original album’s 16 tracks, and had each one remixed. Rather, these are the other mixes you’d have gotten hold of had you purchased all four singles from the album – namely Love & Happiness (with remixes from Tom Lown and Pano Manara), Rolling (Bourne, Nico Mendez, Cosmic Cowboys), 49 Steps (Tamandua Twist, Savvas) and In The Heat Of The Night (Ilias Katelanos, Distant Relatives JHB). But just look at that line-up. If you’re a lover of proper underground deep house you’ll be salivating already… I can only add that you’re quite right to do so so!

An unmissable selection of sumptuous deep grooves, with cuts for the floor, cuts for the headphones and not a duff mix in sight.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: This is brought to you by those Canadian stalwarts Ready Mix Records – find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Fuzoku – Temporary Asylum

June 3, 2015 in Singles

Fuzoku Temporary Asylum DeepWitLet’s kick off tonight with some typically fine deep house grooves from Denmark’s DeepWit and the Berlin-based duo Fuzoku.

Temporary Asylum itself, in its Original form, is a laidback, classic-style deep houser, built with late nights in mind and sporting sampled, spoken vox that I think are talking about the Snowden/NSA scandal, though I could be wrong. Distant Relatives JHB supply the remix, taking us into even more laidback/late-night territory and bringing the vocal further to the fore. You also get two mixes of Route 60. The original is a slightly more upbeat and floor-friendly cut than Temporary Asylum, but similarly features barely there sampled, spoken vox, while probably the most dancefloor-oriented cut of the whole EP is the remix from label boss Alvaro Hylander.

Not picking a fave here cos, in the words of the late Errol Brown, everyone’s a winner…

Out: This week on Bandcamp and Beatport; everywhere else from 6 July

About: Find DeepWit here, here and here.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject… didn’t quite manage to  get round to it last week but Alvaro’s just put out a five-track EP called In House, the first in a series of ‘best ofs’ from DeepWit-associated artists, so check for that one too.

Kiano & Below Bangkok – In The Heat Of The Night

December 9, 2014 in Singles

Kiano & Below Bangkok In The Heat Of The Night Ready Mix RecordsSome very deep house grooves to start us off tonight, coming from Ready Mix Records.

Four mixes of In The Heat Of The Night to choose from. The original’s a laidback, late-night and sultry affair with a soulful male vocal. The Instrumental’s self-explanatory, obviously, while Ilias Katelanos strips things back and adds some spoken male vocal samples. But the pick of an admittedly fine crop all round, to these ears, is the sparse, dubby and atmospheric Distant Relatives JHB Remix.

Ready Mix seldom disappoint, and they certainly don’t here.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 22 Dec.

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Something For Ibiza 2014

July 20, 2014 in Albums

Something For Ibiza 2014 Something DifferentLastly for tonight, we have this 12-track compilation from Something Different.

Deep and tech house in various shades is the general order of the day, as you’d expect, served with a lil’ disco garnish here and here (see, for instance, Amtrad Billionnaire’s opening Dance With Me). Standouts for yours truly include David Duriez’s chuggy The Trouble I’ve Been Known For with its hip-house-ish looped vocal, Justin Harris’s sleazy, lo-slung and, yes, discofied Disco Anonymous, the uber-deep garage of 10 Lego Boy’s Dayz Behind and the acid-tinged tech vibes of Skeleton Army’s Return Of The Funky Zulu, which samples the Moody Boys classic of almost the same name. But dive in and find favourites of your own – with label faves like Distant Relatives JHB, Kaua and Junior Gee also representing, you’re unlikely to come away disappointed!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Distant Relatives JHB – Metro Mesmerization EP

June 17, 2014 in Singles

Distant Relatives JHB Metro Mesmerization EP Something DifferentFinally for tonight, we move into much deeper house territory with the latest from the ever reliable Something Different, and equally reliable South African duo Distant Relatives JHB.

It’s a three-track affair. Good Vibrations is up first, an unhurried, dubby affair predicated around warbling organ chords, shufflin’ beats and barely-there snatches of vocal buried deep in the mix. The title track follows, an even more deep n’ dubby cut but sporting the kind of lively percussion we’ve come to associate with South African house, while finally Midnight On The Horizon is a driftaway late-night jam that’ll work on weary small-hours dancefloors or on the sofa equally well.

Very fine deep vibes all round – but then as I said, from both artists and label we expect no less!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Distant Relatives JHB – Oceanfront

April 2, 2014 in Singles

Distant Relatives JHB Oceanfront DeepWit RecordingsHaving first impressed with a release on Something Different, South African deep house duo Distant Relatives JHB come to Denmark’s DeepWit with this two-track, four-mix EP.

Oceanfront itself, in its original form, is an unhurried, contemplative instrumental piece, albeit said contemplation is underpinned by fairly tuff kicks throughout. Tom Lown’s remix of the same beefs up the drums even more and adds some dramatic synth sweeps and spoken vocal samples, making this the more likely bet for dancefloor play, though we’re still talking weary 5am floors even then. The other original cut, Deepest Love, operates in similar territory but with percussion that tends more to the rhythmic and flowing than the straight-up pounding, if you see what I mean, and sports more sampled speech by way of a vocal, while finally Gareth Billaney’s remix ups the dancefloor ante with insistent rattling percussion and some wibbly-wobbly synth action.

The original of Deepest Love JUST pips it for me but between the four, any DJ playing actual deep house should find something here.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings, as ever, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Distant Relatives JHB – Thoughts Of You

February 2, 2014 in Singles

Distant Relatives JHB Thoughts Of You Something DifferentIf you’re of the opinion that there aren’t enough pianos in current house music, you might want to check out this latest from Something Different.

Don’t be expecting plinky-plonky Ital/rave nonsense, though: the ivories to be found here are of the gently tinkling variety and they grace every track on the EP. They’re all over the Original mix of the title track for starters, sitting atop a bare-bones rhythm of shakers, clipped hi-hats and muted but heavy kicks, and joined only for the last two minutes by some warm synth chords… something of a headphones gem, this one. Helder Teixeira’s remix has slightly tougher drums, making this a more obviously floor-friendly proposition than the original, and adds a heavily-treated male spoken/rapped vocal line.

Elsewhere on the EP, Upon Saturdays News is basically six minutes of boom-tish, with those trademark pianos joining the party at around the 3:30 mark, while finally Without These Memories starts out with an atmospheric intro and fractured rhythm, before in come a solid 4/4 kick and yet more ivories action. ‘Future ambient lounge’ is what I scribbled down about this one… make of that what you will!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Facebook and Soundcloud.