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.

DZNB – Double Impact EP

August 24, 2014 in Singles

DZNB Double Impact Turquoise BlueSome typically high-quality deep house grooves here from DZNB, the duo still probably better known to most by their old/’other’ name of D’Zeta & Basile.

In its Original form, Double Impact itself is an unhurried deep house drifter with a distinctly ‘vintage Chi-town’ kinda feel. Dan Curtin takes care of remix honours for this one, upping the tempo slightly and making more use of the female vocal elements. Turn Around is a somewhat less retro-leaning affair that tops its insistent synth pulse and minimalist percussion with snatches of indecipherable spoken vocal, but top honours go to the Ekkohaus Remix of the same – an object lesson in stripped-back, dubbed-out, deep house languidity.

Sofa-surfin’ grooves of the highest order!

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Newcastle’s Turquoise Blue Recordings, who can be found here, here and here.

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.