Francesco De Argentis – Saint Friday EP

June 15, 2014 in Singles

Francesco De Argentis Saint Friday EP Unrivaled MusicThree slices of tuff-ish but melodic tech-house make up this latest offering from the Unrivaled Music camp.

Industrial is up first, which isn’t particularly industrial-sounding but which chugs, pulses and throbs along in a prog-tinged kinda way, and sports some warping analogue synths. Saint Friday is a more ‘lost in the zone’ 4am kinda thang with distorted spoken vox and more of those analogue synth sounds, and then finally The Beginning is a more upbeat, percussive affair, again getting a bit proggy around the edges.

Saint Friday is the standout here for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Unrivaled Music here.

Various – Unrivaled Music’s 100th Release

January 8, 2013 in Albums

Unrivaled Music's 100th ReleaseWell then… here’s one you can’t fault in the value for money stakes, as to celebrate their 100th release, Unrivaled drop a label comp featuring a whopping 50 tracks. That’s 50, not 30 as I said yesterday, and all for just £12.99 which is hard to argue with, really.

I’m clearly not going into every track individually, or I’d be posting this tomorrow. But overall, what’s interesting to note is the contrast between this and the sampler we looked at recently from parent/sister label Endemic Digital. Where that one showed Endemic’s broad musical palette, this set serves to underline Unrivaled’s position as the ‘strictly deep house’ label in the Endemic camp. The 50 tracks consist of “21 new tracks, 9 licensed and 20 re-releases”, so while some of what’s here may be familiar to TIWWD readers (such as label boss Wez Saunders’ rave-tinged The B Side, which I for one was very glad to hear again), much of it will be new as well.

And with contributions from TIWWD faves like James Silk, Tony S, Danny eM, Pao Calderon and Dave James, plus a host of newer names (of whom Francesco De Argentis impresses perhaps the most, with his fairly self-explanatory Back To The Old School), you’re not going to go far wrong really, are you? An unmissable collection.

Out: This week

About: You can find Endemic/Unrivaled/Sounds Of Juan on Facebook and on Soundcloud.