Simztek & Dubz – Creating Genres EP

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Simztek & Dubz Creating Genres EP New Politics RecordsSeeing as it’s Saturday night let’s end on a slightly more ‘now’ and ‘up’ tip with this latest from New Politics Records.

Four tracks to choose from here. Get Up is a now-sounding, peaktime-friendly but non-cheesy house jam with old skool pianos, hefty warping bass that’s actually applied quite subtly and an R&B-ish “what’s up, what’s up, get your hands up, get your hands up” vocal sample, though I couldn’t tell you where it’s from. Innocence ploughs a deeper furrow and is reminscent of the more soulful end of late 90s UKG. Minimal Fuss starts out as an eyes-down, bass-and-drums workout, but as the track progresses attitude-y bass and looping fem vox join the party, while finally So Long is a big n’ bouncy future garage/bass house affair with wailing fem vox, gnarly rave bass and an overall ‘last half hour before the club shuts, let’s f***ing ‘ave it” kinda feel.

All four are probably best served to younger floors but Innocence should appeal to the older heads as well.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 28 March

About: Find New Politics Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Cup & String – Make It Rain

February 28, 2016 in Singles

Cup & String Make It Rain Slime RecordingsWe finished off last night in garage/bass territory, so let’s pick up there again tonight with this three-tracker from the ever-checkable Slime Recordings.

There are three tracks to choose from. Ain’t Nobody (feat Sarah Pellicano) kicks us off in future garage/post-dubstep pastures, with a sweet female vocal, stuttery, steppy beats and a big bass wobble that, at times, sounds a little bit like the start of the original Dr Who theme. Still Deep In Love is a more straight-up 4/4 UKG banger, and then finally we get to Make It Rain itself, which veers towards rave/breakbeat.

A pleasingly varied EP then, and all three tracks are well executed, but if pushed Ain’t Nobody takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: You can find Slime Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

PVC – You Heavy

September 12, 2015 in Singles

PVC You Heavy Four40 RecordsA change of pace to end on tonight, with some hefty UKG/future garage/bass bizniss courtesy of Four40 Records.

You Heavy itself is up first and is the most overtly garage-y of the three cuts, with steppy beats, cut-up fem vox and a MONSTER of a Dooms Night-like b-line. I Need You is a little smoother (gnarly bassline aside!) and more upbeat – dare I even say poppy? – and wouldn’t sound out of place on Black Butter, while finally Brown Sugar is something of a ‘kitchen sink’ affair with parping trumpets, luxuriant keys, sampled speech and crowd noise as well as, of course, more stutterin’ beats and rude bass.

The latter two tracks are interesting but You Heavy is the clear standout for me here.

Out: This week

About: Find Four40 Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Nymbus – Silica

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Nymbus Silica Slime RecordingsSome deep D&B vibes to kick us off tonight from Slime Recordings.

Silica itself is a smooth-rollin’ liquid funker with ambient synth washes galore, lovely gentle ivories and chipmunk’d fem vox, while Obsidian is a steppier affair but otherwise operates in similar territory, with the addition of some drifty jazz sax. There’s some serious script-flipping goin’ on in the remix department, though, as in Blackboxx’s hands Silica becomes a sparse future garage gem with nearly two full minutes of beatless intro, while Aaron Static’s rub is… actually I don’t even know how to describe this one! “A seven-minute epic that bridges the genre gap between garage, breaks and neuro,” is how the hype sheet has it; suffice to say if you like your beats on a more abstract tip, this is for you.

All good stuff, but it’s the original and Blackboxx mixes of Silica I’m loving the most.

Out: This week

About: You can find Slime Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Greed – Moonlight EP

March 18, 2015 in Singles

Greed Moonlight Slime RecordingsSome truly original and distinctive deep grooves here from 18-year-old Australian producer Greed… so original and distinctive I had to look at the hype sheet just to check what sort of music he thinks he’s making! “Soulful drum & bass”, “smooth garage”, “a narcotic slow jam” are the labels they came up with but TBH, to try and fit these tracks into simple genre pigeonholes would be doing them a grave disservice.

Moonlight itself, then, is a gorgeously laidback groove that fans of deep house, deep techno, ambient and/or deep dubstep/future garage could all enjoy – think Burial playing at Cafe Del Mar and you’re somewhere in the ballpark, or at least on the same map. Now More Than Ever operates at similar tempo, though on a beats note alone is perhaps a little more obviously related to the very, very deepest of drum & bass. Speaking of which, All I Need (feat Aux Verba) then takes us into actual D&B territory, coming in two different flavas: the uptempo liquid vibes of the original and a deep, minimal refix from Blackboxx.

Fuck it. I give up trying to describe this one, just check it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Out: This week

About: This comes on UK label Slime Recordings, who you can find here and here.

MOTSA – Time

February 15, 2015 in Singles

MOTSA Time EP Southern FriedWe’re definitely on a ‘now’ tip with this five-track EP from Southern Fried Records.

I’ll be honest, Clocks, with its sweet, London Grammar-like vocal from MIMU and shuffling, post-UK funky beats, is a bit too ‘hipster house’ for these ears, in either Radio or Extended Mix forms. Not to worry though, because elsewhere on the EP, Digital World is a fine slice of cinematic post-garage electronica with some lovely jazzy keys, while Time Out and Time Goes On take us into edgier, beatdown-like territory, and show that after all these years, Southern Fried still have it in them to push things forward.

It’s Digital World that stands out for me, though.

Out: This week

About: Find Southern Fried Records here, here and here.

BDJ & Hurlee – Full Of Love

November 29, 2014 in Singles

BDJ & Hurlee Full Of Love Underground SourceMore bass house/speed garage vibes on this latest from Tunisia’s Underground Source.

Full Of Love is up first, a rollicking peaktime stomper with lashings of ruff-edged bottom end, insistent hi-hats and a euphoric vocal in which a full-lunged young lady serves up choice lines from a certain Sylvester classic. I’ll Be Working is a more lo-slung and sultry affair with elements borrowed from proper, original Jersey-style garage, while What I Need (credited to BDJ on his own) with its warping bassline and soulful male vocal samples revisits the early days of bassline house. All The Time, a more late-night variation on the theme, plays us out.

All good but I’ll Be Working and What I Need share top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Underground Source here and here.

Luigi Rocca & Tim Cullen – Touch Me

November 22, 2014 in Singles

Luigi Rocca & Tim Cullen Touch Me 303 LoversFinally for today, it IS Saturday night after all so time for some more strident, strutty dancefloor bizniss courtesy of Italian label 303 Lovers. Sadly the original release of this back in August didn’t quite make the reviews train – purely for time reasons – but thankfully there are two killer new rubs here so at least now it’s not been overlooked entirely!

The original, then, was a very now-sounding, bass-heavy houser that bit the same 1982 Aurra vocal used by Bizarre Inc on Such A Feeling back in the rave days. As for these new rubs, Mascota & D-Trax strip out some of the atmospherics and let the shuffling beats and rudeboy bassline do the work, while Mystep go for a more tech-tinged approach on a mix that might perhaps have a little more appeal to the ‘UK bass’ crowd.

To be honest, though, the mixes don’t vary that much, and all three of them will do the do without a doubt, the bassline drawing younger ravers onto the floor while the vocal sample makes the older heads smile!

Out: This week

About: Find 303 Lovers here, here and here.

Much Ado About Nothing – Club Gas/Gas Pump EP

November 14, 2014 in Singles

Much Ado About Nothing Club Gas Form-and FunctionVery now-sounding, garage-infused deep/bass house grooves on this two-tracker from Form-and Function.

On the A, Club Gas is all intricately skippy beats, lingering Jersey-ish chords and a delightfully raw, very UK-sounding female vocal informing us that “my heart is… my heart is… on fire”. Which she should probably do something about, if there’s gas around. Health and safety! Flip it over, and Gas Pump is, perhaps predictably, a slightly more uptempo affair with a diva-ish female vocal going head-to-head with lounge-y, chorused male vox, all atop more of those ace parping organ chords and busy, shufflin’ drums.

Fine fare as ever from Form-and Function.

Out: This week

About: Find Form-and Function on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dee Brown – Snare You Out EP

November 14, 2014 in Singles

Dee Brown Snare You Out EP Svoque MuziqMore garage-y vibes on this two-tracker from Scottish producer Dee Brown, who’s based in TIWWD’s original home town of Bradford.

On the A here, Snare You Out‘s title gives you a clue as to the kind of sparse, almost two-steppy drum patterns involved, which come topped with reverberating synth notes and a spoken vocal about “I’m tired of motherfuckers using that as an excuse to deflect when somebody says some real shit”. Reminiscent of some of the more quirky/leftfield/jazzy two-step of the early 00s, it’s fine, but the vocal repeats a few too many times for these ears… so it’s really B-side She Makes Me Hot that’s earning this its place here, thanks to its authentically skippy beats, killer Rhodes doodles and chopped-up soulful vox.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Svogue Muziq, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.