Hidden State – Home Coming EP

November 27, 2015 in Singles

FAF071Some very now-sounding, bass-y house grooves on this two-tracker from Form & Function.

On the A, What You Done starts with clipped vocal snippets and a snaking electro-ish synth line, which are soon joined by throbbing synth-bass, tough kicks and chopped n’ looped R&B vox, the end result being a track that’ll keep an already warmed-up floor moving nicely. It’s the B’s Relax that stands out for yours truly, though, a more lo-slung affair with a sleazoid bassline, almost rave-y synth chords and a looped, G-house-ish “I said baby it’s time to relax” male vocal.

Out: This week

About: You can find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Boys Don’t Disco, Paul Najera & Jr Quijada – True Lies EP

November 12, 2015 in Singles

Boys Don't Disco, Paul Najera & Jr Quijada True Lies EP Form & FunctionA neat little two-tracker here from Form & Function that finds Messrs Najera and Quijada, who’ve had several releases on the label before, teaming up with the US duo of Jeremiah Roa and Alex Saludes, AKA Boys Don’t Disco.

On the A, Truth 2 Da Youth starts out in typical contemporary “garage house” fashion, before slowly adding Rastaman vox and, as the track goes on, a light does of 303 screech, both of which elements will help the track stand out amidst a sea of similar material. On the B, Let Me Love You pelts along at a fair old lick and looks more to classic speed garage for inspiration, and sports jaunty organ parps and a looped male R&B vocal.

Both tracks will rock floors without a doubt but the latter just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Sterling Void – Something EP

October 4, 2015 in Singles

Sterling Void Something Form And FunctionA major coup for Form & Function here, as they manage to lure in no less a talent than Sterling Void. Sterling ruddy Void!

It’s possible, of course, that younger readers may be scratching their heads at this point… after all, the man who brought us the first-gen house classics Runaway Girl and It’s All Right pretty much disappeared after 1991. He’s had a couple of releases out in the past couple of years, but I only know that from looking on Discogs just now – they’d passed me by completely, so as far as I’m concerned, THIS is the comeback right here. Which would be exciting enough in itself.

What’s even better, though, is how fresh it all sounds. Naming no names, many an old school producer has made a comeback that’s a mere rehashing of former glories; such isn’t the case here at all. Instead, Something itself has that 2015 garage-leaning deep house sound nailed to a T with its New Jersey-ish keys, chopped-up fem vox and full-phat (though not in your face) bassline. Feel Me treads a darker, tribal-tinged path, Give Me Love is a late-night deep house groover par exellence and finally the drummy, eyes-down Someone makes great use of a chopped n’ looped Weekend vocal sample.

A most welcome return that you need to check for immediately, nuff said!

Out: This week

About: You can find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook. I’d also recommend you go check out Got To Get Close from his 1989 debut album on DJ International, if you don’t know it already – it’s on Spotify and it’s still one of my favourite house vocals of all time.

Durty Fresh – My Life EP

July 19, 2015 in Singles

Durty Fresh My Life EP Form-and FunctionA three-track EP here from the ever-checkable Form & Function.

My Life itself is up first, which operates in the label’s familiar bass-y, garage-y territory and which bites chunks of the female vocal from C&C Music Factory’s Keep It Coming (“I’ve got to keep on, you’ve got to keep on” and the “Life can be so shady” bit that some of you may recognise from High Contrast’s Music Is My Life). Oh Yeah, credited to Durty Fresh & Max Van Morrison, starts with a delicate, almost Balearic-sounding intro before evolving into a concoction of big bass, horror movie keys and female vocal snips, and then finally there’s Crossfire, a moodier cut that fuses proggy synths with a hefty, dark bassline and menacing “don’t get caught in my crossfire” rap vox.

I’ve seen a few people bitching online lately about tracks that “just recycle 90s garage”… I don’t personally have a problem with that 🙂 but if you are looking for something that makes more of an effort to put its own twist on classic sounds, this is a very good bet, with Crossfire leading the charge for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Corbeau – Mind Control EP

July 9, 2015 in Singles

Corbeau Mind Control EP Form & FunctionForm & Function come with more of their stock-in-trade bassy, garage-y goodness here.

On the A, Mind Control itself places a sultry female “boy you get to me… and I will never leave” vocal atop a chunky bassline, sparse house beats and insistent chords/stabs. It’s simple stuff, but it’s a track you can see working on contemporary floors and for older heads alike. Over on the B, meanwhile, Bumping Molly (nothing like a bit of subtlety in track titles, I always find!) is a much techier affair, with a treated, looping “not into it, not-not into it” male vocal, dark bass and moody synth FX.

Both tracks are good in their own ways but it’s the A that’s the killer for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Carlo Caldareri – Fresh EP

June 9, 2015 in Singles

Carlo Caldareri Fresh EP Form & FunctionFloor-rockin’ house vibes on this three-tracker from Form & Function.

My Drink is up first, which tops pushing, 90s-sounding drums and a fat n’ funky b-line with looping “buy me a drink” rap vox. Keep It Fresh also has hip-housey shouts, in this case sitting above a rude SG-ish bassline and no-nonsense rollin’ beats, while finally Get Satisfaction, the paciest cut of the three, is the latest of several tracks lately to take a vocal bite from Tone-Loc’s Funky Cold Medina.

All three will do the do for sure but Keep It Fresh nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Form & Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Corbeau – Need Your Girl EP

May 30, 2015 in Singles

Corbeau Need Your Girl EP Form-and FunctionAnother trip down Memory Lane here… whether it’s the mid-90s handbag days you remember fondly, the mid-00s bassline house era, or (like me) both, you’ll find your mid-10s nostalgia fix right here.

Two tracks to choose from. Your Girl rocks warm, driving kicks, a MONSTER of an M1 organ bassline and a cheeky bite from Aaliyah’s If Your Girl Only Knew by way of a vocal. Over on the B, meanwhile, Need You is a slightly deeper variation on a similar theme, with a skippier riddim, a more understated b-line and another sampled R&B vocal, this one coming from Keyshia Cole’s (Just Want It) To Be Over. My money’s on Your Girl for Insta-Thrills and Need You for longevity.

Bought a pair of pristeen vintage Wannabes in a charity shop recently; at this rate they’ll be back in fashion soon! 🙂

Out: This week

About: This comes from those masters of retrofied garage fun Form & Function, who as ever can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Paul Najera & Jr Quijada – Vibes EP

March 7, 2015 in Singles

 Paul Najera & Jr Quijada Vibes EP Form-and FunctionSome fine trad-style deep house/garage grooves on this two-tracker from the ever-reliable Form & Function.

On the A, Bad Vibes sports a looping soulful male “Every time I see you” vocal, dreamy synth washes, an understated hip-swayin’ bassline and some very pleasing muted keyboard stabs. Over on the B, meanwhile, Sunday Vibes rides more pounding kicks and a chunky b-line with insistent hi-hats, treated female vocal snips and drawn-out organ notes.

Classy stuff. with Sunday Vibes just nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Form & Function (or Form-and Function, if you prefer) on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Mike Millrain – Let The Spirit

February 6, 2015 in Singles

Mike Millrain Let The Spirit Form-and FunctionAn EP here from Mike Millrain that’ll appeal to younger and older floors alike, methinks.

On the A, the original of Let The Spirit does that “classic house vibes plus big ruff-edged contemporary-style bass” thing. As such, it’ll appeal to today’s house newbies without a doubt, while some cheeky lil’ vocal bites that accompany the main diva “let the spirit move you” vocal (and that are possibly best not named for legal reasons!) mean it’ll raise a smile from the veterans too. But it’s the D-Base UKG Edit on the flip that’s got even more nostalgic appeal, as it takes us on a rare excursion these days into full-blown two-step territory.

Boo! 🙂

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Form-and Function, who can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook. Oh yeah, and it’s their 50th release so congrats to Wez, Mark and the crew for reaching the half-century!

Sebb Aston – Illest Vibe EP

November 28, 2014 in Singles

Sebb Aston Illest Vibe EP Form-and FunctionStill in the deep house zone but on a more obviously dancefloor-oriented tip we have this latest from the always on-point Form-and Function.

Just the two tracks. Come On blends classic Jersey-style influences and breathy female invocations to “come on!” with a more 2014-sounding bass throb. Flip it over and Feel The Vibe pulls of a similar trick, marrying looped diva vox to some seriously heavyweight bottom end. Ill vibes indeed!

Both are quality offerings but I think Come On just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Form-and Function here.