Various – Jump Volume 1

May 8, 2016 in Albums

Jump Vol 1 Jump DigitalWe stay in tech-house territory now with the first-ever label comp from As I Am’s London-based imprint Jump Digital.

While it’d be fair to file the album under ‘tech-house’ generally, I should also say that there is actually some variety on offer here. Opener Baby Boo by Jesse James, for instance, comes on like a late-90s speed garage remix of Destiny’s Child or TLC, while Digital Three’s Dope has distinct echoes of Brit-house from the mid-90s. But overall, big bouncy tech-house bizniss is the general order of the day, with Argy Kay’s Answer and Behic Fellowes’ sinuous, acid-tinged Alright particularly worthy of your attention.

A great collection from a label I’ll be keeping a closer eye on in future!

Out: This week

About: You can find Jump Digital on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Some albums, quickly…

November 9, 2015 in Albums

Due to a huge workload in ‘real’ life I’ve got a bit behind on the blogging front, so for the sake of getting caught up, here’s just a VERY quick look at some albums from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get manage to get around to…

DJ E-Clyps Simma Back Volume 6Various/DJ E-Clyps – Simma Black Vol 6
DJ E-Clyps is the man behind the decks for Simma Black‘s latest label comp, for which this is the 13-track promo sampler. Chunky bass house grooves are the main order of the day, as you’d expect – but there are excursions into straight-up deep/tech house territory, too. If that’s a sign that the label are spreading their musical wings a little, that can only be a good thing! Standouts for yours truly include Dennis Quin’s Wicked Love, Craig Chambers’ 3am tech-soul gem Fight For Love  and Emeskay’s tuff, moody Play On.

Best Of Innocent Music Deep Vol 1Various – Best Of Innocent Music
You should be familiar with Innocent Music Deep‘s particular brand of deep techno, deep house and minimal by now… and if you’re a fan, then suffice to say this 20-track ‘best of’ collection is extremely unlikely to disappoint! F.eht’s Simple Things is one highlight, a simple lolloping deep house groove topped with what appears to be some northern (UK) lass talking about her employment history… RazV’s ominous, broody deep techno nugget This Is It is another. But to be fair there’s lots to enjoy here if you like your beats on the headnoddin’ side.

15 Years Of Moon HarbourVarious – 15 Years Of Moon Harbour
Another label compilation, this one celebrating – as the more astute of you will have guessed – 15 years of Matthias Tanzmann’s Moon Harbour imprint. Expect only the deepest of tech-house grooves with a smattering of straight-up techno, the odd minimal excursion and just a hint of prog, all coming from the likes of Steve Bug, Gregor Tresher, Luna City Express and of course Tanzmann himself. Bug’s opening, dub-inflected Lifting The Anchor and Daniel Stefanik’s fierce, Relief-ish Words are particularly worth checking.

Best Of Share Records Vol 2Various – Best Of Share Records Vol 2
More quality tech house and deep techno/minimal vibes – with a definite leaning towards the more leftfield/experimental end of the spectrum – on this 12-track collection from Helder Teixeira’s Share Records imprint over in sunny Portugal. Aura Dub, Lloyd Haze and Ariel M are some of the more familiar names involved, while highlights for yours truly include 3Kilo’s In The Night and Aava’s Huching.

Back In Time Vol 2 King Street SoundsVarious – Back In Time Vol 2
Last but by no means least tonight we have this high-VFM digital-only package from King Street, with no fewer than 18 “classics old and new” served up for your downloading pleasure. With cuts from the likes of Kerri Chandler, Mateo & Matos, Ralphi Rosario, Roy Davis Jr, Kenny Bobien and Urban Soul, it’s the perfect way for younger househeads to start exploring the back catalogue of this most prolific and long-running of US house labels… or for older buyers to replace their well-worn vinyl!

Jesse James – Stick ‘Em

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Jesse James Stick 'Em Arch 44Three mixes to choose from on this latest from London’s Arch 44 Music.

In its Original form, Stick ‘Em is a strutty tech-house cut with a relentlessly throbbing b-line and a hip-house style “stick ’em high” vocal. The Emeskay Remix is a notch or two pacier and bassier, but the mix that made me smile the most here comes from AS I AM… with its Mad Stuntman-ish “br-rrr” vocal (or ‘linguolabial trill’, if you prefer) and cascading synth/piano chords, there are definite echoes of 1994 on this one!

Out: This week (on general release, though it’s been on Beatport for a week or two)

About: You can find Arch 44 on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – After Hours Miami 2013 Sampler EPs

April 18, 2013 in Singles

After Hours Miami 2013 TraxsourceAfter Hours Miami 2013 BeatportWell it’s been another crazy day, but unlike Gerry Rafferty I’m not gonna drink the night away. Because a) I don’t drink and b) I’ve got blogging to do. Like telling you about these two sampler EPs from King Street.

Not sure whether that’s as in ‘label sampler’ or as in ‘sampler for a forthcoming album’ but either way, they’ve done the usual KSS thing of doing two separate editions for Traxsource and Beatport. Now, normally they’ll have the more pumping stuff on Beatport and the more soulful vibes on Traxsource but here it’s not quite so clear-cut.

So on the Traxsource edition, you get one or two crossover-tastic numbers like Conga Squad’s It’s All Yours and John Demark & Antoine Cortez’s Fabolous Disco, neither of which would sound out of place at a Hed Kandi party, but mostly you get deeper vibes from the likes of Nicko Vee (the London/Berlin-sounding Rise), Demarkus Lewis (the bumping, west coast-ish Deeper Than Thou) and TIWWD regular Stefan Kaye (the mellow n’ melodic Liaison). On the Beatport edition, meanwhile, Gary Caos’s swing-infused Woman sits next to the stripped-down 5am dancefloor workout that is Redondo’s Say It To Me, and the big throbbing bass on the Crabibiza Remix of Namy & Barbara Tucker’s I Can’t Wait, which wouldn’t have sounded out of place at a Brummie bassline night circa 2003-5 (and that’s NOT a diss).

With such a wide range of styles on offer and no obvious ‘theming’ it’s hard to recommend which different buyers should, er, purchase. But then with 13 new tracks from one of the world’s longest-running and most-respected house music stables, you’re not gonna go too far wrong snapping up both…

Out: This week, on promo at the respective online stores. Everywhere else from 7 May.

About: These come on Street King, technically, but carry the logos of all three King Street imprints. Here’s the obligatory and by now no doubt very familar worldwide supernet interlink thingummy.