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!

Tommy Young – Spacewalk

August 2, 2015 in Singles

Tommy Young Spacewalk EDM UndergroundSome superb deep techno/minimal grooves here from EDM Underground – part of Greece’s Elektrik Dreams stable, and a label whose name you shouldn’t let put you off because this has about as much to do with Aoki/Deadmau5/Avicii etc as Buckingham Palace has to do with my garden shed. But I’m sure you knew that already.

There’s just the two tracks. Spacewalk itself is based around muted kicks and a three-note bassline that squelches and throbs throughout, with long, drawn-out synth sweeps and various atmospheric FX completing the picture. On the flip, Earth is even sparser with its white noise, rainstorm sounds and overall blissy, dubbed-out feel.

Less is more, they say… in this case, it’s everything you need cos these two tracks are just gorgeous, even if only dedicated headnodders need apply.

Out: This week

About: Find EDM Underground here, here and here.

Rishi K – Alone Again

June 21, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Alone Again EDM UndergroundA RIDICULOUSLY good EP from our old friend Rishi here!

Four mixes of Alone Again to choose from, and not a duff cut in sight. The original’s a deceptively lively and frankly gorgeous deep houser with sweeping pads, an “every time… hold my hand” female vocal sample that loops just enough throughout and a nagging little top-end synth hook. Addex brings us a more stripped-down n’ dubby mix for later floors, Kiano & Below Bangkok’s Dub Mix is more of a sofa-surfer and then finally Hungary’s Specdub adds some light proggy tinges.

And like I said, all four mixes are very cool indeed. So much so that I’m not picking a fave – I’m just gonna tell you that you need to buy this record immediately.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 29 June

About: This comes to you on EDM Underground, part of Greece’s Elektrik Dreams Music stable. Find ’em here, here and here.