Submantra & DJ Umbi – One Night EP

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Submantra & DJ Umbi One Night EP Soul DeepartureA four-tracker here from Soul Deeparture that will please those who like it – as the label name suggests! – deep and soulful.

In its original form, One Night itself marries a deep-voiced male vocal and New Jersey-ish keys with skippy beats and a nice squelchy synth b-line, while the Zulu’s At Work Late Night Mix tones down the keys for a more afterhours kinda feel. The other original here, Feel So High, is slightly pacier and rides more straightforward 4/4s, but otherwise retains the classic garage vibe, and comes accompanied by a Dimkal Renaissance Mix that again strips things back, but in this instance retains the sumptuous piano chords.

Proper garage vibes for those that know…

Out: This week

About: You can find Soul Deeparture on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Soul Deeparture In Summer

August 10, 2014 in Albums

Soul Deeparture In SummerOur second compilation of the evening comes from Italy’s Soul Deeparture… a label that I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, though label owners DJ Umbi and Submantra certainly have.

As you’d expect, both from the name of the label and from those behind it, compared to the Different Attitudes comp below we’re dealing in a more traditional-style, soul-infused take on deep house with this collection. From the label bosses’ opener Everything Has A Meaning (as remixed by Rishi K) onwards, the emphasis is on sultry, slinky vibes, with highlights for yours truly including the Naked-esque, brass-toting swing of Sweet Thinking (Submantra & Umbi again, feat Francesca on vocals), Pavi’s deep, garage-leaning My Perception Of Music (as remixed by Portofino Sunrise) and the more contemporary-style deepness of Jero Nougues’ Castaway with its cavernous production and downpitched male vocal.

Karmine Rosciano’s sparse, jacking remix of Portofino Sunrise’s Burning Baby with its rave-y stabs, and Submantra & Umbi’s closing Bring Back The Drumz provide some welcome tuffer moments but on the whole, this is a treat for those in search of smoother grooves.

Out: This week

About: You can find Soul Deeparture on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Submantra & DJ Umbi – Give It Up EP

May 29, 2013 in Singles

Submantra & DJ Umbi Give It Up EP Savoir Faire MusiqueNext up we keep it nice and deep but on a more musical/soulful tip, with the latest from Savoir Faire Musique.

Give It Up itself is a lively, percussive affair with jazzy keys and a male “oo-oo-ooh house music” vocal, that you can imagine working on the soulful as well as the deep house floors. It’s actually B-side Big Class that’s my fave here, though. A dreamy, drifty affair with lingering chords and floaty female vocal snips in its original form, it comes complete with a remix from Lost My Dog regular Tom Lown, who gives the track a somewhat more ‘epic’ feel while simultaneously embracing elements of (nu) disco.

Smooth grooves that’ll be equally at home in warm-up sets or on weary 6am floors.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Submantra & DJ Umbi – 707 EP

April 24, 2012 in Singles

You can’t fault DCS Trax on the value-for-money front with this latest release, its two tracks coming in a whopping six mixes.

First up is 707 itself. The original’s a late-night deep house groover with disembodied vocals floating atop a chunky synth bassline and crisp percussion, and with something of a blissed-out, Balearic feeling overall. The Sleeper Remix beefs up the beats and emphasises the track’s trippy, dreamy qualities, making this a perfect heads-down cut for afterhours floors, while Holland’s Mark Mywords takes us on a funkier, subaquatic kinda ride.

Lurking on the B, meanwhile, you’ll find Give Me Your Love. In its Original form, this is a midtempo, soulfully-inclined deep houser with a full-phat b-line, that’s equally well suited to dancefloor play or home listening. The Universal Solution Remix busies up the top-end in a more head-y, driftaway and at times slightly proggy take, while the Alex V Remix goes in the opposite direction, stripping back the beats to turn the track into a sparse-but-sumptuous bass-heavy eyes-wide-shut 4am groover.

A quality package all round, with Mark Mywords’ mix of 707 just taking the gold for me and Alex V’s take on Give Me Your Love a close second.

Out: Today

About: Run by Craig Stewart, DCS Trax is part of the Universe Media family and can be found online here and here (website/Soundcloud)