Various – Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 2

January 24, 2016 in Albums

Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 2As regular readers will be aware, Slovenia’s Innocent Music and their sub-labels Innocent Music Deep and Innocent Music Limited are among this blog’s favourite purveyors of deep techno and minimal grooves. So while it’s barely a month since the label’s last compilation offering (December’s, er, December Sampler Vol 4, as reviewed by yours truly for iDJ), this latest collection was a very welcome arrival in the inbox all the same.

It’s gotta be said, though… when a label has such a recognisable sound, and turns out so much of the stuff, it’s hard to keep thinking of anything new to say about it! So all I can really do is reiterate what I said about the last one… you won’t find too many huge surprises here, but if twitchy, crunchy beats, industrial FX, dub basslines, haunting disembodied vocal fragments and production so sparse you could drive a truck through it sound like your idea of a good time then this album, which features cuts from the likes of F.eht, Diwex, Aney F and Vagabundo as well as a host of lesser-known names, should be right up your street.

As is fitting for a Sunday night review, it also comes particularly recommended to all the sofa-surfers and midnight tokers out there…

Out: This week

About: Find the Innocent Music label family herehere and here.

F.eht – El Cazador EP

January 6, 2016 in Singles

F.eht El Cazador EP Innocent Music LimitedSome typically fine deep techno grooves here from Germany’s F.eht, a producer who can transcend the house/techno barrier with ease.

Five tracks make up the EP. El Cazador itself is an unhurried, dubby throbber topped with snatches of treated, spoken male vocal. Canaries operates in similar territory, with no vocal this time but with a neat line in squawk-y synth sounds instead. Descenco leans a little more to the twitchy, minimal end of the deep techno spectrum and again features distorted spoken vox, while Hunters and Pressure complete the EP in broadly the same vein as the other three.

Don’t expect any of these tracks to rock your local Ritzy’s, but if warm, enveloping ‘less is more’ grooves are what you’re about, then step right on in.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Slovenia’s Innocent Music Limited, who you can find herehere and here.

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!

Various – ANRVA003

October 5, 2015 in Albums

ANRVA003 Act Natural RecordsWith nine tracks from as many artists, you can call Bromley’s Act Natural’s latest offering an album or an EP as you see fit. Either way, if you’re a fan of deep, chuggy tech grooves I’d highly recommend you check this one out!

Downwards by !? (yes, they’re called that) gets the ball rolling with its midtempo thumping beats, ominous synth stabs/FX, rumbling bass and male vocal cut-ups, and that pretty much sets the tone for the whole album. If you’re looking for catchy little ditties you’ll be humming all day, this isn’t the album for you. But if stripped-back, eyes-down 3am throbbers are your idea of a good time, then with cuts from F.eht, Dani Rivas and Gaetano C along with a host of less familiar names, you’ll dig this collection for sure.

Out: Now

About: Find Act Natural here, here and here.

F.eht – Imagination EP

September 20, 2015 in Singles

F.eht Imagination EP Innocent LimitedTypically classy deep techno/minimal stylings on this latest from Slovenia’s Innocent Limited.

On the A, Imagination itself is a chuggy, dubby groove, just a lil’ bit wonky around the edges and coming topped with a downpitched spoken male vocal (“she was straight out of central casting… what you might call a ball-crusher”). It doesn’t ‘do’ a lot but then with tackle like this, that’s kinda the point! Flip it over, and Deep Soul rides just-slightly-livelier beats with more spoken male vocals (at normal pitch this time, and talking about the ‘war on terror’, WMDs and the like) and some slightly disquieting synths buried deep in the mix.

Put together, it all adds up to 16 minutes of headnoddin’ bliss for all the sofa-surfers out there…

Out: This week

About: Find Innocent Limited and the rest of the Innocent Music stable here, here and here.