Andre Nazreth – Moaning Dog EP

July 12, 2015 in Singles

Andre Nazreth Moaning Dog EP DropsKeeping things nice n’ deep but moving into techier pastures we have this two-tracker from Miami label Drops.

On the A, K9 is an FX-laden throbber with a moody, ‘lost in the jungle’ kinda feel that should appeal right across the deep house/deep techno/minimal spectrum. Over on the B, meanwhile, Moan is a chuggier cut with very cool, cha-cha-y drums that demand to be clapped along to, neat sci-fi synths and, towards the end, some female oohs and aahs that give the track its title.

On first hearing it was K9 that stood out for me, after a few listens it’s Moan but drop either in a darkened room circa 3am and the results should satisfy.

Out: This week

About: Find Drops, the “techno and minimal flagship” (their words) of the Liquid Music stable, on Facebook or at their own website.

Prince L – Kundalini Flow

June 13, 2015 in Singles

Prince L Kundalini Flow DropsTo kick us off tonight, some very deep vibes that’ll appeal to house/techno/minimal fans alike, courtesy of Miami’s Drops label.

On the A, Nakuta Ananta is an uber-deep affair, with a distinctly dubwise feel and appropriately middle eastern/Indian-sounding vocal flourishes. Over on the B, meanwhile, Shiva Lingam is a slightly more floor-friendly cut, albeit still in very deep, dubby territory, with lolloping beats and analogue-sounding synths that bring an air of tension.

Liking both but Nakuta Ananta is the killer.

Out: This week

About: Find Drops, part of the Liquid Music family, here and here.

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores – Turbulent World

May 11, 2015 in Singles

Ariane Blank Albena Flores Turbulent Times DropsTypically fine fare from the Shoes Bags & Boys bosses here, albeit this comes not on their own label but on Miami’s Drops.

Three mixes of Turbulent World to choose from. The original is a lolloping, midtempo dubby groove that’ll appeal to lovers of deep house and deep techno/minimal in equal measure. The Loudbass Remix is even smokier and dubbier while beefing up the beats a notch, while the Torin Lawson Remix ups the pace a smidgeon, taking us into more clear-cut ‘dub techno’ territory, while adding some snatches of spoken female vocal and tinkling ivories.

Liking all three but if pushed I think Loudbass just nudges it, with the Original not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Drops, which is part of the Liquid Music stable, on Facebook or at their own website.

Anton Stellz – Amazon

November 3, 2014 in Singles

Anton Stellz Amazon DropsA complete change of mood now as we head into deep, dark and driving techno territory in the company of Russian producer Anton Stellz.

Just the two tracks again. Amazon itself, on the A, is the pacier of the two, unsurprisingly sporting rainforest sounds a-plenty to go with its driving, tribal-leaning beats and atmospheric synth washes. Midway through, things take a more sinister turn as growling sub-bass moves to the fore, but thankfully the track remains enough funk in its veins throughout to, y’know, not scare the horses. Flip it over, and the slightly more sedate Zanu forges clappy beats, layered atmospherics and all manner of wonky FX into a heads-down workout for the afterhours floors.

So: deep, dark and driving, yes. But, more importantly, decidedly groovy with it.

Out: Today

About: This is brought to you by Drops, part of Miami’s Liquid Inc stable. Find ’em on Facebook or at their own website. Check Anton’s own Soundcloud page as well where you can download a ton of podcasts/live sets/radio shows/etc.

David Otero – Everybody

October 8, 2014 in Singles

David Otero Everybody DropsWe stay in similar territory to the Transmit release below here, with some more dark, driving bizniss sitting right on the techno/tech-house cusp.

A-side Everybody is a perfectly serviceable lil’ chugger with some cool atmospherics and FX sitting atop its tuff, rolling beats. But the track that really pricked up this reviewer’s ears is the B-side, Beautiful House, in which snippets of the vocal from Talking Heads’ classic Once In A Lifetime get downpitched, put through the FX mangle and then placed over a slightly less frantic backdrop that’s got bags of space in the production and more of those vaguely disturbing atmospherics.

“Groovy techno,” says the press release. They’re not wrong.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Drops, who as you surely know by now are part of the Liquid Music family and can be found here and here. Oh, and David Otero is Spanish BTW, in case you were wondering.

Heizer – Brainstorm

April 2, 2014 in Singles

Heizer Brainstrom DropsKeeping it nice n’ deep but moving into techier pastures we have this two-tracker from Russian producer Heizer, AKA Ilya Schultz.

Brainstorm itself is a sparse, minimal affair with thick, warm bass, twitchy percussion, trippy atmospherics and sparingly-applied fragments of disembodied vocal. Over on the B, Bells rides a more straight-up pounding 4/4 rhythm over which are layers of woodblock percussion sounds, long, evolving pads and, of course, the titular bell sounds… eventually.

Make no mistake, these are some seriously stripped-down grooves… serious heads only need apply, but those that do will be richly rewarded.

Out: This week

About: You can find Drops online here and here (FB, web).

SAIKO – MagiCube

January 4, 2014 in Singles

SAIKO MagiCube DropsKeeping it on a deep, headnoddin’ tip and what can I say? Miami’s Liquid Music stable have pulled off the hat-trick, with this latest from the Drops imprint being their third to get some review love this week along with offerings from sister labels Deep and Aquasound (see below).

Guitro opens the EP, a lo-slung, dubby affair with a distorted, downtuned rap vocal… the phrase ‘G-house’ has seldom been more apt. MagiCube itself is up next, which rides slightly livelier percussion with another heavily treated vocal that might be saying “Who makes you move to the groove?” or something similar. More distorted, almost SAW-ish (as in the film) vox grace One Day, a late-night prog/tech chugger, while the beefier Proshitt takes us into more obviously ‘dancefloor’ territory, albeit we’re still talking 5am on weary basement floors rather than peaktime at your local Oceana. Finally, Tripers (sic) introduces itself with a posh English woman’s voice asking “Do you have the time?”, before emerging as a dub-tinged mid-to-downtempo jam best filed under ‘uneasy listening’.

For those that like it seriously deep and just a lil’ bit twisted this is a must-check.

Out: This week

About: Here’s where to find Drops online.

SAIKO – Anahata

October 19, 2013 in Singles

Saiko Anahata DropsSome seriously deep, moody techno/minimal vibes here from the always-checkable Drops imprint and Argentinian (relative) newcomer SAIKO.

Five tracks to choose from. Anahata itself is a slow, throbbing pulse built around throbbing bass and multiple layers of FX and treated, spoken vocals. Brondon is an even deeper, broodier affair, and then Despertad and Dynakoms pretty much continue in the same vein, with only Experiences nudging us closer towards the dancefloor with its slightly higher tempo, NASA mission control samples and head-warping FX.

Proper red-eyed, headnoddin’ bizniss this… serious heads only need apply!

Out: This week

About: Find Drops, part of the Liquid Music stable), on Facebook or at their own website.

Chester Code – Next Chapter

August 5, 2013 in Singles

Chester Code Next Chapter DropsFor some reason, Monday night seems to have become ‘eclectic night’ here at TIWWD lately so let’s do that, kicking off with this fine two-track slab of deep techno from Drops.

Last Warning is first up, a pounding, dark and cavernous affair, but it’s actually the other track Free At Last I really want to tell you about. This one’s also dark and cavernous, only you can cross out ‘pounding’ and write in ‘paranoid and menacing’ instead. Fractured beats, liquid-y FX and heavily layered/textured production make this one for when you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and it’s time to turn the dark up.

A track that’ll give you the shudders… but in a good way.

Out: This week

About: Drops is the techno and minimal arm of the Liquid Music empire, and can be found on Facebook.

So many tunes, so little time 44

June 16, 2013 in Singles

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Another week gone by and another stack of releases that we haven’t discussed yet so here goes…

First up tonight is DeepWit main man Alvaro Hylander, who drops a bomb for fellow Danes What Happens in the form of Dark Life, complete with remixes from label boss Tim Andresen and Fer ‘Deep Class’ Ferrari. Expect quality deep vibes leaning towards the proggy/techy side from this heavy-hitting line-up… meanwhile on an out-and-out progressive house-meets-techno tip we have Vanished Subconscious by Arturo Silvestre, a four-track EP coming on Florida’s Drops… another heavyweight team-up sees Brett Johnson and Motorcitysoul joining forces for the Ile De Sables EP on Mr C’s Superfreq label, a druggy, techy workout that comes with a brace of housier refixes from the legendary Satoshi Tomiie… and speaking of druggy, techy instrumental workouts, there’s also Dustain Nantais‘s American Greed, which comes on Australia’s Trojan House Records in four mixes, the most distinctive of which, Dustin’s Ayn Rand Remix, features sampled speech from the eponymous far-right ‘philosopher’… completely devoid of evil witches, by way of contrast, is Ema Remedi‘s Midnightlight, a percussion-led tech-house jam given a more funk-inflected deep house refix by Rosenhaft, and coming to you courtesy of Raw Trax Records… and finally for the first half of the alphabet, Gaol seems to be a name to drop right now and certainly it’s easy to see the deep/tech vibes on his seven-track Get To In EP for Sub_Urban going down well on the hipster floors…

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…moving on, Matt Heize‘s Theau EP is home to three tracks of tripped-out melodic techno and comes on Recode MuzikPuff N’ Stuff give us Heavens Are Creepy on Sugar Shack Recordings, two-tracks of wonked-out jazzy house beats… SpeakerpeepsTwo Ting features three tracks in six mixes, with hip-house vox and driving tech-house beats the general order of the day, that one coming to you courtesy of Las Vegas label SoulsupplementTwo Armadillos (AKA Giles Smith and the late Martin Dawson) are the men responsible for the three slices of acid house and melodic techno that make up the Golden Age Thinking Part 4 EP on their own label… and finally for this week, the Visions Vol 2 EP sees Chocky, Lay-Far, The Royal Oberheims and Pablo Valentino bringing the glitchy, quirky, leftfield house noise on City Fly Records.

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THANKS ALSO this week to: Akra, Pablo Bolivar, Audio Junkies, Bah Samba, Brett Jacobs & Patrice Meine, Circle Of Funk ft Lifford, Falco, Glenn Micsoul, Ken Rok, Lasertom, MatJoe, Omar El Gamal, Peter Presta, Quell, Richeart, Stephen J Kroos, SummerPlace and Yellowheads