Leciscu – Jazz-O-Matic EP

June 12, 2016 in Singles

Leciscu Jazz-O-Matic EP House Cookin' RecordsThree quite different mixes on offer of this latest from Romania’s Leciscu, who’s appeared previously on such labels as Gents & Dandy’s and Kolour Recordings.

In its Original form, Jazz-O-Matic features tuff-but-muted kicks, warping organ/synth drones, scatty vocal snips, all topped with some luvverly tinkling jazz ivories. The Melodymann Redeep Remix is a more bumpin’, garage-y pass sporting organ parps and stutterin’ beats, while finally the Khillaudio Remix heads into far deeper waters with lingering piano chords, a fat-ass bassline, dreamy sax and “jazz! Charlie Parker…” vocal snips which househeads of a certain age may also remember being used on Tingo Tango’s It Is Jazz from 1990, though I couldn’t tell you the original source.

The two rerubs just edge it over the original for me, but I couldn’t pick between the two and TBH all three mixes are very fine!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Belgian label House Cookin’, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Sunday night deepness

April 17, 2016 in Singles

Hello! You might remember me, I used to have a house blog. If you’re wondering where TIWWD has been this last month, all will be explained on Facebook (albeit possibly tomorrow). But anyway, long story short, am back on the reviews case now, kicking off tonight with a selection of SERIOUSLY deep goodness from the last seven days…

Johannes Different Things Deep ClicksJohannes – Difficult Things EP
Getting a full release this week is (was) this three-tracker from Czech newcomer Johannes, coming on Spanish label Deep Clicks. Difficult Things itself is an unhurried, dreamy and soul-tinged deep houser built with afterhours or post-club play in mind. Don’t Make Me Wait is a smoother, deep garage-y affair that nods to the Peech Boys, while finally Don’t You Wanna is another 4am deep house cut with warm, dubby bass and breathy female vocal snips. All three are quality but if pushed, Don’t Make Me Wait stands out.
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Filta Freqz Way 2 Go Soul Supplement RecordsFilta Freqz – Way 2 Go EP
Slightly more uptempo and floor-friendly deep house vibes here courtesy of Vegas’s finest, Soul Supplement Records. Just the two tracks on offer: Way 2 Go itself rocks tuff kicks, cut-up/filtered disco vox and a hefty dose of garage swing, while Take Note on the flip is similarly disco-fied but with rolling beats, parping sax and assorted fragments of male vocal (“come on,” “to the beat y’all… and ya don’t stop” and “who got it going on?” all appear at different times). The title track just nudges it for me.
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Gregory Dub Get Deeper EP Gents N' Dandy'sGregory Dub – Get Deeper EP
An outstanding five-track EP here from the ever-checkable Gents N’ Dandy’s. The smooth, Jersey-ish deep garage vibes of Home Is Home get the ball rolling, Floating continues in a similar vein, Come On hits that perfect “deep enough for the sofa, tuff enough for the floor” sweet spot, Dreamin’ takes us into proper blissed-out, 5am territory and then finally Relief plays us out on a lazy, downtempo note. And, as we’ve come to expect from Gn’D, it’s superbly classy stuff from start to finish. Go seek!
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Carlos Francisco Sun Chaser SP RecordingsCarlos Francisco – Sun Chaser
And speaking of supremely classy stuff, here’s a jazz-inflected offering from SP Recordings that’s definitely one “for the heads” as they say! Building from a simple percussive intro, Sun Chaser slowly develops into as wigged-out and groovesome a jazzual, garage-y Rhodes workout as you’ll hear all month, while an accompanying Afro Dream Mix is the same but with Afro/tribal beats (well duh). Which mix you opt for is a matter of personal percussive preference: either will have 90 per cent of the population going ‘What’s this, fucking Jazz Club?” – and the 10 per cent that matter in raptures!
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Miami 2016 Sampler Ready Mix RecordsVarious – Ready Mix WMC 2016
Yes, it seems a little late in the day for Miami samplers but this only got a full release this week. Regular readers of this blog (if there are any left after the recent hiatus!) will know I’m a big fan of Ready Mix Records’ take on deep house and this nine-track collection doesn’t change that one iota. Not doing the full track-by-track but suffice to say that there are nine tracks from eight artists, all new names to your truly but Ready Mix’s usual high quality standards apply, with Beat Factory’s bouncy I Feel Like, Eke’s funky-assed Romb and Armen Miran’s moody Marta particularly worth checking.
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Klartraum E Remixes Pt 1 LucidflowKlartraum – E Remixes Pt 1
Sunday night at TIWWD wouldn’t be Sunday night at TIWWD without some deep, dubby techno from Lucidflow to end on! So here we have five remixes of three tracks from last year’s E album by label bosses Klartraum. Bell Birds Dub gets the most love, with D. Diggler and Yapacc remixes as well as the original all featured; TBH the Original is still my fave but if you want it toughened up Diggler’s yer man while Yapacc gets a bit more abstract and soundscape-y. Elsewhere, Alan Oldham AKA Detroitrocketscience brings us a shuffly, minimal-leaning take on Bill Bill, while Oscar Barila and Jamin Hernandez’s rub of Drama Queen is lazy, sunkissed deep house of the highest calibre.
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Austin’s Groove – Neglected

December 20, 2015 in Singles

Austin's Groove Neglected DbeatzionA nice easy one now cos there’s just the one mix!

Coming from Argentinian label Dbeatzion, Neglected is a superb slice of trad-style but contemporary-sounding garage, with parping organs, a nice chunky bassline and a ‘male’ soul vocal – “Lord knows I’ve got things to do, but they all go neglected” – which I think, though I could be wrong, is actually a downpitched sample from Gloria Gaynor’s Just Keep Thinking About You. Or I guess it would be a cover, or they could just have resung it.

Doesn’t really matter – this rocks either way.

Out: This week

About: Find Dbeatzion here, here and here.

Deejay Astral AKA Palace – Deejay Astral EP

December 11, 2015 in Singles

Deejay Astral Deejay Astral EP W&O Street TracksA pleasing variety of styles on this three-tracker from W&O Street Tracks and the young Romford producer known as Palace, who’s as of now adopting a new alias, Deejay Astral.

Phantasy is a sparse, throbbing slice of the deepest garage, its pounding, muted 4/4s and echoing organ stabs topped with a full female jazz vocal. Junction takes us into darker territory with its ominous speed garage b-line and ghostly cut-up fem vox, while closer Zen is a stripped, echoing bass beast topped with ethereal keys and male R&B “I don’t wanna lose your love” vox, that should appeal to older and younger heads alike.

Out: This week

About: W&O Street Tracks is headed up by Waze & Odyssey, and this is their 15th release. You can find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jason Mitchell – Yet Not I

December 11, 2015 in Singles

Jason Mitchell Yet Not I DeepWit RecordingsMore deep, garage-y house vibes on this latest from Denmark’s DeepWit Recordings.

Yet Not I itself, in its Original form, is a percussion- and keys-driven workout that should work equally well in the warm-up or in the wee small hours, with the vocal – a man’s voice repeating the title – limited to the track’s mid-section. The La Rose Remix is a deeper, warmer, floatier pass with the vocal applied even more sparingly and pitched up. The other original cut is Shimmy, a funk-infused deep house dancefloor stomper with soaring synth-strings and organs to die for, while Sagia provides a heavier, dubbier refix for later play.

All four are excellent but if pushed it’s the sparser, more Jersey-ish originals that get my vote.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit  herehere and here.

Hotted – Connected EP

December 5, 2015 in Singles

Hotted Connected Inner City RecordsAnother fine deep house three-tracker here, this one coming from Manchester’s Inner City Records.

Connected itself sits most comfortably under the ‘deep house’ umbrella, but the big bassline and male R&B vox (“I’ve been thinking of you babe”) give it a garage-y kinda feel as well (to be fair, it’s hardly alone in that right now). The pacier Down Under also has garage-y leanings, while finally The Real Thing rocks shaker-tastic percussion, wonky ‘early Madhouse’-like keys and more fat, rumbling bass.

Inner City Records are nearly two years old, yet in that time they’ve released just seven records. And pretty much every one has been a killer so far… proof that “quantity over quality” CAN still work in this fast-paced modern world we live in!

Out: This week

About: Find Inner City Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Gari Romalis – One Machine One Soul EP

November 21, 2015 in Singles

Gari Romalis One Machine One Soul EP Slow Town RecordsSome high-quality – and varied – deep house bizniss on this three-tracker from Michigan’s Gari Romalis.

Face The Track is up first, a rolling 118.5bpm groover with a dreamy, almost Balearic kinda feel and some lovely subtle ivories. Luv 2 Find ups the tempo to 123bpm and looks to vintage deep Jersey garage for inspiration, while Reach completes the package, a more epic, blissed-out affair that’s got ‘end of night’ written all over it.

All good stuff, and the variety on offer is particularly pleasing… but Luv 2 Find still takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by French label Slow Town Records… they haven’t featured on TIWWD before, but then again this is only number 12 and I think the first thing they’ve sent me! Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Carlos A – Mateo

November 20, 2015 in Singles

Carlos A Mateo Disolend RecordsA very cool two-tracker from Chile’s Disolend Records here that mixes the old and the new, in house terms, to great effect.

On the A, Mateo itself has the prominent bassline that’s de rigeur in 2015 – albeit this one owes as much to vintage Chi-town as it does to the speed garage days – but marries it to understated piano chords and soulful male oohs and yeahs straight outta the New Jersey playbook. It’s an unhurried and actually quite unassuming affair, so probably best suited to warm-up or very late play. Over on the flip, meanwhile, Illusion operates in very similar territory, sporting another large b-line and more of those lovely ivories, but paired with female vocal snips this time.

Two classy cuts but Illusion just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Disolend Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Toronto Hustle – Basement Trax EP

November 9, 2015 in Singles

Toronto Hustle Basement Trax Something ElseA three-track vinyl-only release here from the ever-reliable Something Else.

In My Mind is up first, a garage-tinged deep house throbber that comes topped with a Rastaman vocal (“fire… blazin’ for freedom”), and that sports some lovely drifty, wibbly synths for good measure. Just Enough is a more trad-style deep house/deep garage groove, with shufflin’ beats, a pleasingly old school-sounding bassline, pads to die for and cut-up fem vox. Completing the package is The Raw Cut, a percussion-led cut that pays homage to vintage Chi-town and comes complete with a looped female “this is a dedication to house music” vocal.

All good stuff, but Just Enough is the standout for me. Be quick if you want it, though – the vinyl’s VERY limited and there are no plans for a digital release.

Out: Now

About: Find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook, or buy the Basement Trax vinyl at Deejay.de.

Various – Tom Tam Club Vol 3

September 14, 2015 in Albums

Tom Tam Club Vol 3 Holic TraxPlaying catch-up on a Monday evening yet again, with a couple of compilations from last week still to tell you about. We’ll start with this one, in which Holic Trax label boss Tomoki Tamura gathers together a third selection of upfront nuggets for your listening/spinning/dancing pleasure.

Eight tracks from as many artists, and it’s a pretty wide-ranging collection. We start with Rough Principles’s Pool Back, a melodic instrumental that nods to classic Chicago-style deepness. Habitual Nastiness from Mr Statik is a strange one, an off-kilter affair with what appear to be Theremin sounds and one of the oddest bits of sampled film dialogue* that you’ll hear this year. Point from Marco Faraone and Copenhagen from Ashworth take us into tech/minimal territory, Brunbjrn gives us wonky garage reminiscent of early Madhouse on M’About Ta, and Dubinsky’s Viol Groove is a chugging Balearic house thang. The EP then plays out on a deeper note with the dubby minimalism of Dudley Strangeways’ Brown Leaves and the languid, jazzy trip-hop/bruk beat of Baslow’s Closer.

Given the variety on offer you might not dig every single track equally here, but as a collection of forward-thinking underground music from across a wide genre spectrum, this is hard to fault.

Out: Now

About: You can find Holic Trax on Soundcloud, Facebook and Bandcamp.

* From 2012 Denzel Washington movie Flight, Google informs me.