Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

Echonomist – Earth Peeps

January 13, 2014 in Singles

Echonomist Earth Peeps Quantized MusicAnother nice simple two-tracker now, this one coming from Greek tech-house producer Echonomist, AKA Petros Manganaris.

Earth Peeps itself, credited to Echonomist feat G-Tech, is based around a rhythm track that’s pure old skool Chi-town. Said backing is complemented by odd-sounding string stabs, the whole kit and caboodle coming topped off with a looping “Earth peeps, this is how we get down” spoken male vocal.

Over on the B, you’ll find Pure Emotion. Credited to Echonomist feat Bootslap, this a slightly tuffer and considerably more contemporary-sounding cut that builds from a simple kick-snare intro, via “stir the dancefloor up” spoken vox and a three-note b-line, into a proper 4am journey of a track with fierce percussion and, in the mid-section, some uncompromising twisted synth action. But without getting silly about it, I should point out!

Out: Today

About: This comes on Greek label Quantized Music. So here’s the Soundcloud, Facebook and web links you’ll no doubt be expecting round about now…

Various – One Year Of Frole

December 30, 2012 in Albums

One Year Of Frole Frole Records

A couple of weeks back I reviewed a single by Desos on Frole Records, which was the first time I’d heard of the Italian label. Following that review they very kindly sent me this compilation, which is being released to mark them reaching their first birthday.

I’m very glad they did, too, because this rocks. “Proper deep house in various shades” is the basic story, supplied mostly by artists you probably haven’t heard of (unless you’re more on-the-ball than I am, of course!) but with some familiar names – Kevin Griffiths, Moodymanc, Hector Couto, The Echonomist – cropping up on remix duties. Ellroy’s Everything, which does strange, downtuned things to Whitney’s Love Will Save The Day vocal, is one highlight; Echonomist’s early 90s-tastic refix of Kevin McCallister’s Swing Piomb is another, LDF vs Lostrocket’s Loose In Mind yet another. Oh, and Gastek’s laidback, organ-flecked Grey Crystal another.

You getting the idea yet? When I say “this rocks,” I mean it rocks from start to finish. Go seek.

Out: This week

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