Various – Remixed by Deep Active Sound

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Remixed By Deep Active Sound DeepWit RecordingsFairly obvious what’s going on from the title I guess, but just to be 100% clear, here we have an EP from DeepWit Recordings featuring three tracks by different artists, all remixed by Russian producer Mihail Bessmertny, AKA Deep Active Sound.

First up is label boss Alvaro Hylander’s Cream Soda, which in the hands of DAS at least is a midtempo deep house chugger with dreamy, filtered chords, muted kicks and an understated but fairly hefty bassline that nods to vintage Chi-town deepness. The DAS remix of Pablo Fierro’s New York is another late-night kinda jam, though again a nice fat b-line means floor play shouldn’t be ruled out, while completing the package is the DAS remix of Ejeca’s Bumbled, which rocks tuffer drums than the other two and has an almost garage-y feel to its chopped female “baby it’s you” vox and warm piano chords/stabs.

Three very fine cuts that’ll appeal to the true deep house heads, not much more to say really!

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Ejeca – Mellow Sun

January 18, 2015 in Singles

Ejeca Mellow Sun Moda BlackFinally for tonight, we move into slightly housier territory with this latest from Moda Black.

Two quite different mixes to choose from. The original of Mellow Sun is a deep, prog-leaning houser with barely-there old skool hip-housey vocal snips and arpeggiated synth chords that loop throughout… one to serve up when the spirit’s still willing but the flesh is getting tired. On the flip, Citizen serve up at a heavy-hitting technofied Late Night Dub that’s ‘late night’ in the “It’s 5am and I’ve just ingested a shedload more chemicals, oops, ah well better go with it” sense and most definitely not in a “zoning out on the post-club sofa” kinda way!

No prizes for guessing it’s the Original that’s earned Mellow Sun it’s place here, then.

Out: This week

About: Find Moda Black on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ejeca – What You Think EP

April 7, 2014 in Singles

Ejeca What You Think EP Moda BlackA complete change of pace now as we move from the blissed-out nu disco vibes of Je Couleur (below) back towards the kind of chunky, floor-oriented house grooves we were talking about yesterday.

The title track of this EP from Irish producer Ejeca is a real hotch-potch of influences, with Detroitian strings, garage-y organs and soaring disco-house synths all topped with treated female vocal snatches. S’good but the track that’s doing it more for yours truly is b-side Alone, a proper big n’ stompy organs-and-pianos jam with a chopped n’ looped female vocal that also comes accompanied by a more stripped n’ struttin’ David Jach Remix.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Jaymo & Andy George’s Moda Black imprint, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Romanthony – Ministry Of Love Remixes Pt 2

August 25, 2013 in Singles

Romanthony Ministry Of Love Glasgow UndergroundPart 1 of this remix project was out at the end of June, but that was a crazy-busy time so we’ll have to pick up the story now, with the second set of remixes landing digitally this week.

As we all know, Romanthony sadly passed away earlier this year, at the far too young age of 46. At the time, he’d been working with long-term friend and collaborator Kevin McKay (of Glasgow Underground) on a series of remix/reissue packages, with The Wanderer, Bring U Up and Let Me Show You Love already getting the treatment. Now, as a very heartfelt statement from Glasgow Underground explains, “the releases have been on hold since then, but after discussions with his publisher and his family, we would like to continue them to provide a legacy for his children… I can think of no better tribute to him than to continue to provide for his nearest and dearest”.

And so here we have new rubs by Ejeca, Andres and (several from) Mr McKay himself of this classic track that was first out on Azuli in 1995. And they’re as good as you’d hope they’d be. Show some love, people… Romanthony RIP.

Out: This week

About: You can find Glasgow Underground on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Coat Of Arms – Mesmerised EP

July 11, 2013 in Singles

Coat Of Arms Mesmerised EP GruuvSome classically-inspired yet very current-sounding vibes now from Chris James’s Gruuv stable.

There are two tracks in a total of four mixes. Mesmerised itself, featuring Ria Moran on sweetly yearning “I keep thinking of you” vox, is a slow-building, midtempo jam that could fit into deep house and future garage sets alike, while Darius Syrossian serves up a raw, pounding refix that suggests not a few mid-90s Vasquez dubs grace the lad’s record shelves. Over on the B, Take Me Away (which has a sampled vocal that isn’t the Tru Faith one, BTW) comes from a tradition of sparse, jazz-tinged garage that can be traced back through the more experimental side of 2-step, all the way back to labels like Eight Ball and Madhouse, while the big, throbbing b-line guarantees it’ll sound right at home on a 2013 dancefloor. And then finally Ejeca’s remix of the same is more UKG-flavoured but equally ruff, raw and bumpin’… just the way it should be.

Sterling stuff all round – go seek.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gruuv, who are based up in Leeds, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ejeca – Life In Flux EP

April 29, 2013 in Singles

Ejeca Life in Flux EP 2020VisionAnd here comes yet another slab of garage goodness courtesy of Ejeca. I’ll be digging out my old Nice N’ Ripe, Confetti and Smokin’ Beats twelves at this rate (or I would be if they weren’t in boxes ready to move house right now, but that’s another story).

Compared to the revival-tastic Rhodes & Brown and Low Steppa releases below, Ejeca’s contribution to tonight’s garage-fest here at TIWWD is a bit more contemporary sounding, a tad more ‘nu garage’ if you will, but there’s nowt wrong with moving things forward! Agent Of The Deep tops gorgeously skippy, shuffly percussion with atmospheric synth washes, chopped-up fem vox and snatches of ambient speech, Jump is a frenetic lil’ cut designed to make you do just that,  while Purnsley goes the other way and takes us into deeper, more late-night pastures.

If pushed though I’d pick Home as a fave… purely because contrary to what I just said, that is an out-and-out retro groover, in this case an organ-flecked gem with cut-up vox that reminds me of Donna Dee circa Spellbound. And given that I personally rate Spellbound as one of the most criminally overlooked dance music artist albums of all time, that’s praise indeed from me!

Out: Today

About: Was surprised to see this comes on 2020Vision, who did seem to have been pursuing a more techno-leaning direction of late. Good to see them back on the deeper tip! Anyway here’s the usual Facebook, Soundcloud and website links.

Various – DeepWit Spring Moods

March 28, 2012 in Singles

A five-artist, five-track sampler from Denmark’s excellent DeepWit here, showcasing the label’s trademark subterranean house sound perfectly.

The artists in question are Asona, Jonny Bee, Ejeca, Ev Darko and dEEPoint. I’m not gonna go into every track individually but suffice to say that if you dig 4/4 beats that are thumping yet unhurried… atmospheric synth washes… warm, phat yet understated b-lines… nods towards classic Chi-town deepness à la Larry Heard… and the odd garage-y vocal snippet… then you’re going to be pretty much in heaven here.

Essential stuff.

Out: This week

About: Here’s the DeepWit website, or you can find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud