Spennu – You Shouldn’t Do

December 24, 2014 in Singles

Spennu You Should't Do Ready Mix RecordsFinally for today, we stay in trad-style, vocal territory but drop a little deeper with this lil’ beauty from Canada’s ever-dependable Ready Mix Records.

Four mixes to choose from. The original is a garage-leaning deep house gem that could have come out at any point in the past 20 years, with rolling beats and an insistent Balearic-sounding synth riff underpinning a gorgeous wistful female “ain’t no use in cryin'” vocal. Analog Trip’s remix is a more laidback bass with some cool fluttering geetar and a more organic feel overall, Felipe L maintains the feel of the original but heads into more late-night, headnoddin’ territory, while finally my man Tony S goes proper deep while adding a little Latin shimmy to the drums.

If pushed then it’s a toss-up between the Original and Felipe L rubs as to which takes the gold for me, but to be honest I’d sooner not be pushed – the whole EP is very classy indeed. Then again, that’s pretty much what we expect from Big AL’s label, n’est-ce pas?

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 5 January

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ra-Soul – Deep Site Sessions

November 15, 2014 in Albums

Ra-Soul Deep Site Sessions Deep Site RecordingsCroatia’s ever-excellent Deep Site label pull off something of a coup for their 30th release, drafting in US deep house veteran DJ Ra-Soul to mix what is, I believe, their first label comp.

With tracks and remixes from the likes of Deephope, Tony S, Anthony Mea, Terry Vernixx, Marc Cotterell and Deep Spelle… and given the number of Deep Site releases that have previously received glowing reviews on this very blog… and given that Ra-Soul’s at the helm… you shouldn’t really need me to break down every single track to know what to expect. So I won’t. Instead I’ll just say that you get both a 54-minute mixed version by Ra-Soul plus 15 tracks in all their full-length unmixed glory (at least I think you get both, the hype sheet isn’t very clear), taking in various shades of deep house from the near-ambient, to the jazzy and soulful, to the more bouncy and tech-tinged, but with the mix overall having a slow-building, dreamy kinda feel.

Oh, and that Deephope’s remix of Felipe L’s When Night Sounds is one of the best things to happen to ears in a long while. And that you should buy this album immediately.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Albert Marzinotto & Mr Deka – Only God Can Judge Me

September 23, 2013 in Singles

Albert Marzinotto & Mr Deka Only God Can Judge Me Ready Mix RecordsAnd the Lord spake unto Moses, and he gave unto him 10 commandments, which were mostly about pretty sensible stuff like not killing people and being nice to your Mum and Dad though there were some pretty weird ones as well about not making graven images, which seems pretty harmless really but there you go.

“Oh, AND,” said the Lord, “one other thing, while I’ve got you. In a few thousand years First Choice are going to make a record called Let No Man Put Asunder, and if you wouldn’t mind sorting out that at least one house record could then rework the vocal from it every six months for all eternity, well, that would be just marvellous.”

And so it came to pass that in the year of our Lord 2013, did arrive upon the turntables of the world’s disco jockeys a record by two blokes from Italy that came in range of mixes from a deep pass by Ready Mix boss Big AL, to techier, more jackin’ takes by Dimo (DG) and Dandy, to a sultry late-night rub from Felipe L, not to mention two original mixes (Original and Original No Keys). And the Lord listened, and the Lord saw that it was good.

Here endeth the lesson.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 8 October.

About: You can find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Felipe L – When Night Sounds

August 18, 2013 in Singles

Felipe L When Night Sounds Deep Site RecordingsOkay, last one for today so let’s drop a little deeper…

Four mixes of When Night Sounds to choose from. The original rolls along at a fairly upbeat pace, driven by a funky-assed b-line and topped by some gorgeous multitracked female vox. It’s the remixes that are doing it for me, though. Karmine Rosciano keeps the tempo ‘up’ but tames the pounding drums somewhat, letting the vocal and the added disco synths shine through. Nando Muro drops it down several notches to deliver a more sultry, late-night kinda pass, while the Deephope Remix operates in similar territory, but with reverb applied to the vox and some lovely garage-y pad work.

I think Deephope’s mix just edges it for me, but Nando Muro’s comes a close second and to be fair, Karmine Rosciano’s not far behind either!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Deep Site Recordings, another Croation label who you can find here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web).

Ze Chezz – Vip Pass

April 7, 2013 in Singles

Ze Chezz VIP Pass Deep Site SpaceLast one for tonight, and what finer way to bring the week to a close with some dubbed-out, driftaway, deeper-than-deep house vibes?

Enter Spanish producer Ze Chezz, and Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings, who together with remixers Felipe L, Funtom (who also happens to be label boss Tom Krizic) and Terry Vernixx bring you what’s most definitely a treat for those that like it, well, deep n’ dubby!

Remix-wise, Felipe L’s flirts with prog-balearic-ambient moods, Funtom’s Orbital Dub is just one or two notches more driving while Terry Vernixx’s High Desert Remix is a more overtly floor-friendly in a techy kinda way. I think if forced to pick a fave I’d go for the original, with the Felipe L pass coming a close second, but I’d rather not have to say cos I’m very much enjoying all four, to be honest.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website, though do note that this actually comes on Deep Site Space, which I’m guessing is a new more chilled-out offshoot label or some such. No-one tells me anything y’know.