Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield – Focus Pt 1

May 9, 2016 in Singles

Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield Focus Limitation MusicSome seriously deep house grooves to play us out tonight courtesy of Romania’s excellent Limitation Music.

The original of Focus appeared on the label’s Selection Box 2 compilation; what we have here is the first of two remix EPs. In Dee Mac’s hands, Focus is a delicate n’ dreamy cut with a sweet, soulful “My nerves are starting to get to me… but I’ll try to focus” female vocal from Ms Hatfield* and some luvverly piano chords, while Forteba brings us a dubbier pass with slightly tuffer drums. The Addex Remix treads similar ground to Dee Mac, but with less emphasis on the vocal and more on the warm, resonant bass and lingering pads, while finally the Addex Space Out mix sees the Romanian producer taking us into flotation tank territory.

Addex definitely takes the gold here – I just keep changing my mind which mix he takes it with!

Out: This week

About: You can find Bucharest-based Limitation Music herehere and here.

*Quite a Lisa Shaw-ish vocal, actually, which is high praise from this reviewer

Savvas – Between Time

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Savvas Between Time Deep Site RecordingsA four-track EP here from Deep Site Recordings with mixes that’d work in deep and progressive sets alike.

The original version of Between Time has a dreamy, almost Balearic feel but is lent some extra dancefloor oomph thanks to its rave-y bassline. Loz Goddard adds crowd noise and warping, wobbly strings on his slightly more upbeat (in mood if not necessarily in tempo) remix, while Ilias Katelanos’s take is more of a straight-up, less prog-leaning deep house jam. Completing the EP, you then get a trippy, dubbed-out rub from Forteba, complete with added “deep down inside, you need love” soulful male vocals.

Katelanos takes the gold for me, with Forteba not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Savvas – Running Out Of My Heart

June 4, 2015 in Singles

Savvas Running Out Of My Mind Ready Mix RecordsTo start us off tonight, some typically high-quality deep house vibes from Canada’s Ready Mix Records.

Five mixes of Running Out Of My Heart to choose from. The original’s a pulsing midtempo affair with a soulful male “running just as fast as you can” vocal and a Balearic-ish feel overall. Anthony Mea tuffens up the drums and uses the vocal more sparingly, on a mix built with weary 4am dancefloors in mind*. Forteba’s rub is a little more lilting, with shuffly drums, and as such should find favour with those on a “deep and soulful” tip, Pion’s operates in that deep/progressive hinterland and finally Yigit Atilla takes us into proper amniotic, late-night territory.

The Mea rub is working best for me but our old friend Yigit’s not far behind.

Out: This week (on general release)

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

* I say that, but obviously I have no idea what Mr Mea had in mind when he was making it. He was mostly thinking about tractors and Hershey bars, for all I know. But you know what I mean.

Klartraum – Sweetness

January 21, 2015 in Singles

Klartraum Sweetness LucidflowTwo very different releases for you tonight, but both very fine in their respective ways!

First up, we have this slab of deep, cerebrally-inclined techno bizniss from those ever-reliable purveyors of the same, Klartraum (AKA Helmut Erbritsch and Nadja Lind). In its original form, Sweetness is a languid, dubby affair that’d sit perfectly well in deeper house as well as deep techno sets, with lovely muted keys and, as the track progresses, vaguely Middle Eastern-sounding vocal snips. Elezoid’s remix is sparser and more industrial-sounding, Forteba’s is even more warm, melty and houseified than the original, Johnny Bee’s is similar but with beefed-up kicks, Oscar Cornell’s adds some meandering, jazzy synth work while finally the Weisses Licht Honey Remix takes us into broken beat territory.

Forteba and Johnny Bee just nudge it for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Klartraum’s own Lucidflow label, who you can find here, here and here.

Karmine Rosciano – Sending My Love Remixes EP

August 26, 2014 in Singles

Karmine Rosciano Sending My Love Remixed Deep Site VinylizedOkay, so I was already digging the original version of this EP when it came out back in November, but this remix EP really is something else.

Whereas the two tracks on the EP originally operated in Balearic/nu-disco territory, we’re firmly in house pastures for the remixes. Rory Cochrange’s rub of With You is redolent of Strobe-style deep garage of the early 90s and really rather lovely, while 2 Billion Beats retain more of the disco feel of the original but strut it right on up. Moving on to the title track, Leach & Lezismo’s Tropical Funk Remix operates at an almost slo-mo tempo and pitches the vocal down to a male register, which is interesting.

But it can’t compete with the Forteba Remix, which like Cochrane’s rub of With You is a deep garage jam of the very highest order. In fact, with its floaty female vocal and lush, languid Rhodes chords, it actually reminds me a bit of a lower-tempo Do It To The Music. Okay, so it’s not quite in the same league as what is Officially The Best Record Ever Made, obviously. But even for coming this close, Krisztian Dobrocsi (that’s Forteba to you) is to be heartily applauded.

Now go buy it, because this really is ridiculously good.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings, or more specifically their Deep Site Vinylized offshoot. Find ’em here, here and here.

Helly Larson – Pureness

July 17, 2013 in Singles

Helly Larson Pureness Lens MediaCroatia’s Lens Media serve up some more of their trademark very deep vibes, on this occasion coming courtesy of Germany’s Helly Larson.

In its Original form, Pureness is a lilting, dreamy kinda cut with some gorgeously floaty female vocal snips and a warm, fuzzy bassline that’s seemingly hopped on the last train from Dubsville. The Forteba Remix is an Afro-tinged rework riding a bruk rhythm, while nikosf gives us a Selected Pureness Remix that’s so deep it’s bordering on ambient.

Quality late-night listening – herbal tobaccos optional.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lens Media on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Anton Lanski – Kill Me

December 30, 2012 in Singles

Anton Lanski Kill Me Etoka Records

Liverpool’s masters of all things deeper than deep serve up a fine remix package here.

Anton Lanski’s original version of Kill Me operates in downtempo/chill-out territory, but the rest of the EP is made of more floor-oriented remixes, which are the winners of a remix competition run by the label earlier in the year. Forteba gives us lo-slung, sleazy nu-disco/slo-mo, Insect O takes us into dub techno territory, Jedd’s mix comes on like the very sparsest and most minimal of two-step, while What About U’s rub is the closest to the sumpuous original, just with slightly beefier kicks.

The Forteba and Insect-O mixes stand out for me but it’s an impressive EP all round – given that the remixers involved are competition winners and hence presumably relative newcomers, doubly so.

Out: This week

About: You can find Etoka Records at their website or on Soundcloud.