DZNB – Back In Time

June 19, 2014 in Singles

DZNB Back In Time Highway RecordsThree mixes to choose from on this latest from Moscow’s Highway Records, and if you’re thinking the name DZNB sounds familiar, that’s because this is in fact none other that D’Zeta & Basile, who are certainly no strangers to this blog.

In its original form, Back In Time is a chunky, tech-tinged deep houser with several different, in some cases quite rave-y (hence, presumably, the title) and all effectively word-free vocal samples jockeying for position atop crisp beats, an insistent three-note descending bassline that acquires a little bit of an acid-y edge as the track progresses and damped-down sci-fi alarm sounds. The Demarzo Remix goes down more of a peak-time route with no-nonsense tech drums and an added male “take it back” vocal loop, while finally the Julian M Tek3 Remix looks to classic Chi-town for percussive inspiration, while using a bit less of the various vocal samples and adding some sweeping synth atmospherics.

It’s the Original I’m loving most but the Demarzo Remix isn’t far behind.

Out: This week

About: You can find Highway Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Dzeta & Basile – The Others EP

November 4, 2012 in Singles

Dzeta & Basile The Others EP Luna Records

Never sure whether that’s meant to be Dzeta or D’Zeta but anyway, here one of Europe’s better-established deep house duos get a slightly techier groove on.

Dance It is a hypnotic, midtempo groover with a looped vocal sample, while Just Do It Right works a soul-era vocal sample atop crisp, minimal percussion, warm chords and sparse, echo-y production in what’s more of a late-night kinda ride. Both are rather good, as it goes… but the absolute killer here is The Others itself.

Try ‘deep jackin’ funky acid disco’ on for a description, or better still just drop the lights, hit the strobe and turn it fucking UP! Just awesome.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Luna Records, who are based in Middlesbrough and who can be found on Facebook or at their own website.

Chronophone – Voce De Sa Trincha EP

June 21, 2012 in Singles

Chronopone Voce De Sa Trincha

Veteran US house label King Street is definitely on something of a roll right now. I had a big batch of promos through from them the other day and almost every release coming up over the next couple of months is a killer, trust. Don’t know what they’re doing but let’s hope they keep doing it…

In the meantime, there’s this, a five-track EP from French producer Chronopone, AKA Stephan Joulin, that serves up various different flavours of deep house. Por La Vida is a languid, laidback affair, all lingering pads and muted trumpets,  while Mellow Cotton is a sparse, techy number with proggy overtones. Both are good at what they do, but the standout by far here is the title track.

NowI don’t know what the original of Voce De Sa Trincha sounds like – nor the fifth track Gold, for that matter, cos they’ve not included those on the promo mailout. But for once I’m not screwing, cos what they did send is the DZeta & Basile Remix. And THAT is as officially crucial a slab of heavily dub-inflected deepness as June is likely to deliver.

After that, Gold could be a Eurotrance cover of the Spandau Ballet song with a rap by Dappy, for all I care – you’d still need this anyway.

Out: This week

About: Here’s that familiar King Street link again! So, just for variety’s sake, here’s the Dzeta & Basile Facebook page as well. Haven’t heard from these boys in a while – they used to feature on TIWWD quite a lot when it started and I put them in iDJ’s rising stars of deep house thing last year, then it’s been a bit quiet since – but great to have them back.

PS That’s it for tonight… been a long day and I’m tired. Plus after getting lost in the sparse, bass-y beauty of the DZeta & Basile offering, nothing else would sound as good right now anyway…

D’Zeta & Basile – Domino Effect EP

January 24, 2011 in Singles

Let’s start the week with an easy one… easy in the sense that this is a bit of a no-brainer for all you deep house lovers. Not only does it come from one of the most reliable production teams currently working in the genre, there’s a remix from Karol XVII & MB Valence, another duo who are seemingly incapable of putting a foot wrong.

Domino Effect doesn’t, admittedly, do anything hugely innovative, but it’s a pleasing midtempo dancefloor chugger, with a nice raw sound to the main, minor key piano hook. B-Side Before The Mess is even better, a somewhat more sedate, late-night affair and deep as ya like, before Karol & MB take it back to the dancefloor with more upbeat percussion and an overall looser, swung feel.

Like I said, a no-brainer for deep house buyers.

Out: This week

About: D’Zeta & Basile answer to the names of Davide and Claudio, once they get home and take off their deep house superhero costumes. Previous releases have come on labels like 1Trax and Seamless, but this is on Loco Records, which is in fact Karol XVII and MB Valence’s own label, based in Warsaw. Here’s the Loco website and MySpace.