Phil Maher – I Need Ya

April 27, 2015 in Singles

Phil Maher I Need Ya UM RecordsIt’s a case of ‘pick your mix’ with this latest from scene stalwarts UM Records.

The Original version of I Need Ya, you see, is as ‘accessible’ a cut as we’ve heard from the Kiwi stable to date. With a soulful male vocal, nice muted pianos and a firm grasp of big room dynamics, it’s a track that’s got the potential to reach outside the deep house ghetto – who knows, maybe even into the mainstream charts. But for ‘da headz’, greater satisfaction is likely to come from the remixes. Greenfish tones down the original’s peaktime elements to provide a deeper pass that really lets those keys come into their own, but the killer for me is DJ Deeka’s remix, which ups the pace just a smidgeon, applies the vocal more sparingly and adds some lovely, lingering pads and nice squelchy synth-string stabs.

Your Love Is, a ‘deep and soulful’ house jam with both male and female vocal elements – think vintage Naked/Om and Ibiza beach bars – completes a solid package.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here.

Mike Montano – Romina

April 24, 2013 in Singles

Mike Montan Romina UM RecordsWe left off last night with Marvin Zeyss, where I mentioned his previous work on Untitled Music/UM Records. And lo and behold, here he is again on remix duties on their latest offering, which comes from Mike Montano.

The Original of Romina is a dreamy, midtempo deep houser probably best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while Zeyss’s refix beefs up the beats for more obvious dancefloor appeal. Elsewhere on the EP you get three mixes of Nice & Easy (So High): the original features skittering, near-bruk beats, a female vocal telling us the young lady in question wants to get high and a nice liquid-y b-line. The Soulight Untitled Remix is a more driving, heads-down take with a (different) big throbbing bassline, ideally suited to afterhours play, while DJ Deeka’s Ten To Nine Remix is a sparser, dubbier affair.

It’s the latter track that stands out for me but as is UM’s wont this is quality deep house tackle all round.

Out: This week

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