Lucio Agustin – Buzios EP

May 15, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Buzios EP dub.sphereThree quality deep tech cuts here from capital-letters-hating German label dub.sphere.

Buzios itself is probably the most floor-friendly of the three, bringing simple 4/4s, a slinky dub bassline and reverberating FX, all topped with a woman’s voice saying either “protection” or “tension” (can’t work out which). Rosario, which follows, is in a similar vein but with glitchy, minimal-leaning sounds while finally Hurlingham tones down the minimal influences and turns up the dubwise stylings.

The latter’s my pick but these are fine head-noddin’ grooves all round.

Out: This week

About: Find dub.sphere herehere and here.

Yigit Atilla – Neverending

October 25, 2015 in Singles

Yigit Atilla Neverending Ready Mix RecordsSeeing as it’s Sunday night, let’s end on a deeper tip in the company of that ever-reliable provider of deep house goodness, Yigit Atilla.

There are three mixes of Neverending to choose from. In its Original form, it’s a sumptuous, lightly prog-tinged instrumental with nice warm, solid kicks, nagging Rhodes and a blissed-out, end-of-night/sofa surfing feel overall.  The Greenfish Remix is much more stripped-down and dubby, while Spanish producer Hraach brings us a remix also opts for a dub bassline but retains the smooth, mellifluous feel of the original.

In fact, it’s Hraach’s rub that for me is the standout of an admittedly fine set all round.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 2 November.

About: This is brought to you by Ready Mix Records, who as ever can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Martin Wunderlich – Double Dip EP

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Martin Wunderlich Double Dip EP 2 Owls LimitedA four-track EP here from 2 Owls Limited that sits right on the tech-house/deep techno cusp.

Double Dip is up first, a dubby, late-night affair with something of an acid house feeling despite the lower tempo. The livelier, bleepier Friday sits more easily under the tech-house umbrella, while the brooding, cinematic Inner Shape with its Carpenter-esque synths leans more to the deep techno side of things. Completing the EP is Seeking, another atmospheric cut which just to confuse matters has a vaguely proggy vibe about it.

A nice range of styles on offer, then, but Double Dip is the clear standout for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: You can find 2 Owls Records on Soundcloud.

Michael Clifford – Deepology

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Michael Clifford Deepology eMBi Music LimitedWe stay in very deep waters for this latest from eMBi Music Ltd.

Deepology itself is an uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play, with crisp but gentle beats, layered atmospherics and a lazy, laidback feel overall. S’good, but Marco Cassanelli’s warm, dubby refix is better! The other original cut, Trippin’ Versus Nowhere, is an even deeper, sparser late-night jam with fragments of spoken male vocal, while completing the package is a space-y remix from label boss Daniele Casa.

Serious heads only need apply with this one! There’s not a track here I don’t like, but Casa’s remix is particularly special.

Out: This week

About: You can find eMBi Music Ltd on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Michael Lovatt – Liselotte

July 14, 2015 in Singles

Michael Lovatt Liselotte Deeper Shades RecordingsMore dub-infused deep house goodness on this latest from Deeper Shades Recordings.

On the A-side, Liselotte itself is an unhurried, lolloping groove consisting of a muted bassline, a simple nagging synth riff and quite minimal beats, topped with high-pitched piano notes… a track that ‘does’ very little but a headnodder’s delight. Over on the B, meanwhile, Get High is a livelier deep/tech house affair with an urgent,  almost bruk feel to the beats… but the A’s the one for me here.

Out: Friday (17 July) on Traxsource, everywhere else from 31 July

About: Find Deeper Shades Recordings here.

Various – Dub Over Moscow EP

July 14, 2015 in Singles

Various Dub Over Moscow EP Elusive RecordsA definite ‘deep n’ dubby’ theme to tonight’s reviews line-up, starting with this three track V/A ep from London-based Elusive Records.

Andrey Burtaev is up first with Dub Over Moscow itself, a skanking midtempo dub-houser with “no problem!” reggae vox and strange, otherworldly synth sweeps. Information Ghetto’s Sibero follows, another dubbed-out deep house groove with enough energy for the floor but enough of a spacey feel for post-club chilling too, while Sebastian Albrecht’s slightly more tech house-y but still dub-inflected Guam plays us out.

The title track takes the gold for me but to be fair the other two aren’t far behind.

Out: Today

About: Find Elusive Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Cadatta – In House EP

June 30, 2015 in Singles

Cadatta In House EP DeepWit RecordingsMore uber-deep vibes to end on tonight, as Greek producer Cadatta takes the reins for the second in DeepWit’s In House series of EPs.

True (credited to Cadatta feat Din QC) is up first, a mellifluous, dubby late-night jam with spoken, foreign-language female vocals and some lovely gently-tinkling ivories. False is just a tiny bit more floor-friendly (albeit you’d still be talking very late play on specialist floors only) with its nagging filtered chords and more of that live-sounding piano. Osmo is a sparse, languid beauty that’s built strictly with sofa-surfing in mind, while finally The Machine ends up the EP on a more upbeat note, a rolling deep groover with jazzy keys and, by way of a vocal, snatches of what sounds like it might be an interview with Frank Sinatra or Bob Hope or someone.

Very classy stuff, but then we expect no less from DeepWit!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.

Roby Deep – Going Under

June 14, 2015 in Singles

Roby Deep Going Under Submarine VibesFour mixes to choose from on this latest from ever-checkable Bosnian imprint Submarine Vibes.

In its Original form, Going Under has muted kicks, scratchy top-end percussion, distorted male vox and what sounds like a warped trombone sample. It’s probably most easily lumped into the ‘deep techno’ category but really its druggy, dubby vibes should appeal to lovers of the deep from across the house/techno spectrum. Addex uses a different, quite poetic spoken male vocal on his smoother, housier rub, while the Chrono Remix is a nice understated tech-house groover and finally Dustin Nantais serves up a lolloping, late-night deep house take.

Nantais and Addex share top honours for me, perhaps unsurprisingly, but the whole EP’s something of a headnodder’s delight.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, 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.

Nitin – Dubbed Out

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Nitin Dubbed Out No 19 MusicThe clue’s in the title with this latest from Canada’s No 19 Music…

In its Original form, Dubbed Out is indeed a fine slice of deep n’ dubby house music, underpinned by nice crunchy beats and topped with droning, analogue-sounding synths. Deadbeat supplies a darker tech-house refix, while you also get no fewer than FOUR remixes from Steve Rachmad. His Parallel 9 Version takes us into even dubbier pastures than the original, while his Bonus Mix 1 and Bonus Mix 2 are aimed more at tech-house floors and finally the simply titled Steve Rachmad Remix sees rumbling bass and shape-throwing synths collide on an energetic, euphoric and lightly prog-tinged rub that makes me want to buy a big fuck-off soundsystem and put on a free party in a woods somewhere, just for the sake of playing this as the sun comes up.

As you might’ve guessed, the latter’s something of a standout to these ears but liking the Original and Parallel 9 mixes too (and to be fair the rest are also pretty cool).

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find No 19 Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.