Various – Ain’t No Wall High Enough

March 23, 2015 in Albums

Ain't No Wall High Enough Brique RougeKey players in the early days of tech-house back in the late 90s/early 00s, David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint relaunched back in the summer. Since then, they’ve pursued a ‘quality over quantity’ agenda so their release schedule hasn’t exactly been hectic, but here as they reach the 100th release milestone we see them stepping up a gear with the release of this 12-track sampler, available digitally or on three separate coloured 12-inches.

Brique Rouge always catered for both the house and the techno sides of the tech-house camp and so it is here… as such, one or two of the more pounding techno cuts are a little too much for these ears. But no matter, for there are many housier delights on offer too, from a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Highlights for me include the Raw District Remix of D’Julz’s Fast Forward with its instant earworm of a three-note bass-synth riff and looping, distorted male vocal, Kike Henriquez’s Activation Things with its vintage Chi-town style drums, Duriez & Manuel-M’s somewhat Ultra Flava-ish Unreasonable Feelings and Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s The Show with its sampled movie dialogue (from Night Catches Us if I’m not mistaken, thanks Google!), fat hip-swayin’ bassline and killer organ chords. But as ever with a comp like this, you’d be well advised to dive in and explore for yourself…

Out: Now (only last week but playing catch-up tonight, fairly predictably for a Monday)

About: Find Brique Rouge here, here and here.

Various – Wiggle For 20 Years

September 29, 2014 in Albums

Wiggle for 20 YearsThanks to toothache stopping play, got a few albums from last week to catch up on tonight before we go on with this week’s reviews, starting with this 20-year anniversary collection from Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards’ long-running club night Wiggle – AKA ‘the birthplace of tech-house’.

And blimey it’s a bit good. Rather than attempting a potted musical history of the club, what they did was ask 40 of their previous guests to supply a track each, then picked the best 20 for this album. What you end up with is a mix of well-known names (Alex Arnout, D’Julz, Jay Tripwire, DZNB, Saytek) and more underground talents, who between them serve up an object lesson in what tech-house sounds like at its best – not cold, clinical and Berlin-y, not one endless tribal terrace workout, but deep, funky and groovalicious in the extreme, with

Acquiring this album is strongly recommended. Nuff said!

Out: Now

About: This comes of course on Wiggle Records, who you can find here, here and here.

Franco Cinelli – Planet Dub EP

May 10, 2011 in Singles

Franco Cinelli Planet Dub EPAnother winner from D’Julz’s Bass Culture stable here, this time courtesy of Argentina’s Franco Cinelli.

Four tracks in all, and you’re looking at something that sits right on the house/techno border… and is deep and dubby, without being ‘deep, dubby techno’, if you see what I mean! IE, it’s not like we’re in Basic Channel territory or anything, these are just deep, heads-down grooves made for extended sets that take you through those hours between midnight and sun-up. And there’s nothing wrong with that, now is there?
 
Home flips the script a little, being at touch more house-y and funkified… but only a touch. Still, while this latest isn’t perhaps as much a must-have as other Bass Culture releases to date, it’s nonetheless pretty damn good.

Out: This week, according to the promo I was sent. Or since April 12, according to the Bass Culture website. Not sure what happened there, then…
About: You can HEAR THIS and check out the rest of the Bass Culture catalogue at their Soundcloud page. And here’s the website I was telling you about.