Various – Magnetic Cuts Vol 3

September 14, 2015 in Albums

Magnetic Cuts Vol 3 Magnetic RecordingsCompared to the Holic Trax release below, our second compilation of the evening is a much more straightforward affair, being the third volume (of six) in this resolutely floor-focused series from DJ Sneak’s Magnetic Recordings.

Sneak himself supplies six of the ten tracks, with the rest coming from well-known friends like Phil Weeks & Joss Moog, DJ W!LD, H-Foundation and Bluntz & Roachez (all right, the last one’s a new name to me… but the remix comes from Hector Moralez, so nyer), and as you’d expect, jacking house grooves are the order of the day from start to finish. The aforesaid B&R’s We Is Underground is one highlight to these ears, the expletive-laden boompty-jazz of Sneak’s Gangster Steppin’ another, but you’re bound to find your own faves so I’d suggest diving on in…

Out: Now

About: You can find Magnetic Recordings and all other things Sneak-related herehere and here.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Darius Syrossian – Roush EP

April 16, 2015 in Singles

Darius Syrossian Roush EP Roush LabeSome straight-up jackin’ house vibes now courtesy of former  Sankeys resident Darius Syrossian.

There are two original cuts to choose from. Time is up first, quite a driving affair with a looping “it’s time for you to go” male vocal (or possibly “time for me to go”, hard to tell, but either way it’s a bit ironic in light of recent events!), some hip-swayin’ funk bass straight outta 1997 and a barrage of Flash-like drums. Oh, and some airhorns, too. That’s accompanied by a remix from DJ W!LD that’s considerably deeper, groovier and, well, French-sounding, while the other original is the aptly titled Back In The Day, which again nods to classic house of the 90s with its cut-up diva vox, pounding tribal-tinged drums and lush, garage-y keys.

The word here is ‘big’, I think, with the original of Time just nudging it for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Hector Couto’s Roush label, who you can find here, here and here.

DJ W!ld – Feel Me EP

September 23, 2013 in Singles

DJ W!ld Feel Me EP 2020VisionFrench house legend DJ W!ld comes to equally legendary UK label 2020Vision here with a four-track EP.

Feel Me itself is somewhat unusual in that it basically changes completely halfway through. The first half is an ultra-deep n’ dubby groove while the second half’s considerably busier, with piercing synths, tripped-out FX and spoken female Spanish vocals. Wouldn’t have minded a mix that was just the first half but it’ll work on afterhours floors for sure all the same. Stripped-down technoid jacker BCN doesn’t work quite as well to these ears, but never mind cos Rendezvous Love comes on like that very current deep/tech sound meets French touch, to surprisingly good effect, while the deep, bubblin’ acid jam that is Boys Don’t Cry is worth the price of admission on its own.

Out: Today

About: Find 2020Vision on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

DJ W!LD – Sweet & Spicy EP

April 14, 2013 in Singles

DJ W!LD Sweet & Spicy EP The W LabelOne of the tracks on this four-track EP is called Acid Porn. Which pretty much tells you all you need to know.

But this review will look funny if I leave it there. So I’ll add that the other three tracks – Sweet & Spicy itself, Call Me Later and Open Mind – show a similar obsession with the sounds of the 303 and 909, and that all four, bringing those classic sounds right up to date as they do, should serve any house floor worth its salt nicely.

Alternatively, let me put it like this: Acieeeed! Acieeeeed! Acieeeeeed!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Circo Loco resident DJ W!LD’s own The W Label. There doesn’t seem to be a label website as such but here’s DJ W!LD himself on Soundcloud.