Kojam – Tape Theory EP

September 13, 2015 in Singles

Kojam Tape Theory EP Something ElseAnother EP here that, like the Plastik People release below, will please the purists and groovers of a certain age…

Three tracks to choose from. Truth Be Told starts out with delicate hi-hats, crowd noise and live-sounding hand percussion, before gradually introducing, first wistful female vocal snips and then some killer NJ organ action. Keep On Running rides raw-sounding drums, more crowd/party noise and a rumbling bassline with nagging piano chords and sampled disco “you keep running from my love” vox, while completing the EP is All I Have, which makes it a hat-trick for the ruff-edged drums and crowd noise combo, in this instance adding more ace organ stabs and cut-up soul vocals.

A treat for the NJ garage faithful, nuff said!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 21 September

About: This is brought to you by Something Else, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Ugur Project – Love Goes Deeper EP

July 27, 2015 in Singles

Ugur Project Love Goes Deeper EP Wir Sind Eins RecordsA four-track EP spanning a range of house flavas here from Switzerland’s Wir Sind Eins Records.

Excuse Me is up first, which sees a snatch from Kraze’s classic The Party vocal getting yet another run-out atop crisp beats, understated bass and delicated, layered FX/atmospherics. First Kiss follows in two mixes: the original with its funky-assed bassline, shuffly (can’t say ‘shuffling’ any more!) percussion and soulful male vox would work on ‘deep’ and ‘soulful’ floors alike, while Jumaira’s remix adds some contemporary bassy, techy flava. Completing the EP is Keep Going, a trackier cut with rolling top-end percussion and chopped-up soulful vox that straddles deep house and garage.

With a nice range of complimentary styles on offer, there’ll be something here for a lot of DJs so it’s definitely one to check for yourself, but Excuse Me and Jumaira’s mix of First Kiss are the standouts for yours truly.

Out: Now

About: You can find Wir Sind Eins on Facebook or at their own website.

Marsupials & Marcus Raute – Delight EP

July 16, 2015 in Singles

Marsupials Marcus Raute Delight EP Frole RecordsMore garage-tinged deep house goodness on this three-track team-up between two names that should be familiar to TIWWD readers.

Delight itself is up first, a midtempo affair centred around parping organs and female “keep… coming” shouts, all underpinned by delicate beats and reversed-sounding bass. Liam Geddes supplies a housier remix with tuffer 4/4s and less of the vox, while completing the EP is Lenord, a deeper jam that again has a garage-y feel with its lingering Rhodes chords and looping “ba-by” vox, and that’d be equally at home on the headphones or on the dancefloor.

Given the names involved you’d expect quality here… and you certainly get it.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Italy’s Frole Records, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – Different Attitudes For The Summer 2015

July 12, 2015 in Albums

Different Attitudes For The Summer 2015Another strong compilation set from Different Attitudes here, featuring 10 deep/tech house nuggets from as many different artists.

3Kilo’s Feel It gets the ball rolling in contemporary-style deep house fashion, followed by 4BeatClub’s slow-chuggin’, almost new beat-ish Automaton. Alek Soltirov’s Pulsar Wind rocks sparse drums and busy synths, while Alternate Roots bring a little classic house/garage flava with the female-vocalled, funk-fuelled Different Spaces. Cartoon’s Dive Me sees us back in more contemporary territory with its soulful male vox and fat, squelchy bass, and we stay there for Jon Sweetname’s Muzungu, a synthier cut. Lee Mace’s Liquid Love with its dark, rumbling bass, skippy beats and sweet fem vox is where the garage lovers will want to head first, while if it’s bouncy M1 vibes you’re after look no further than Nacho Riveros’s Let’s Dance. Next To You by Revivis is a crunchy, techy and slightly wonkified affair topped with more soulful male vox, and finally Underfloor’s B.O.W plays us out in trippy, heads-down 4am fashion.

Something for everyone, really… but the Alternate Roots, Lee Mace, 4BeatClub and Nacho Riveros offerings stand out for this reviewer.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 20 July

About: Find Different Attitudes, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

PS: The more observant among you may notice that the tracks are listed here in alphabetical order of artist, which is a tad unusual… but I checked and that does appear to be the order they’re in.

Marc Cotterell – Vibe The Musik EP

June 20, 2015 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Vibe The Musik EP Gents & Dandy'sPlastik People boss Marc Cotterell comes to Gents & Dandy’s with a limited-edition vinyl release here and if that’s not a match made in garage-y deep house heaven I don’t know what is!

The original of Vibe The Musik itself has that raw underground Jersey sound well and truly nailed, being all tuff, slammin’ kicks, parping organs and breathy chopped vox, while the Four Walls Night Remix is a smoother ride that brings out the track’s jazzier qualities. The other original track is I Wanna Dance, which again comes in two flavas: the squelchy, rumpshakin’ original and a slinkier refix from Khillaudio, both recognisable from a man’s voice intoning the title.

If that place where (proper) deep house and garage collide is where your musical head’s at, I really can’t recommend this one strongly enough.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s here, here and here.

Sebb Junior – Move It EP

June 6, 2015 in Singles

Sebb Junior Move It EP MadhouseA three-tracker here from French producer Sebb Junior, coming on Kerri Chandler’s long-running Madhouse imprint.

Move It itself is up first, a nicely understated little deep houser with soulfully inclined vox and lil’ jazzy piano trills. Don’t Stop is a little more energetic, with sumptuous piano chords and fem vox that take us into more traditional house/garage territory, a theme continued on Let You Go – the New Jersey force is strong in this one!

Fine stuff as ever from Madhouse, with Let You Go the killer to these ears.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 14 June.

About: Find Madhouse Records here, here and here.

Various – Spring Sampler Pt 1

May 26, 2015 in Singles

Spring Sampler Pt 1 Artefact RecordsMore quality house vibes on this four-artist, four-track sampler from Macedonia’s always v. checkable Artefact Records.

Alek Soltirov’s Secret Love opens proceedings, essentially quite a traditional, garage-y affair with its lingering chords, chopped-up sweet female “oh baby when you come to me” vocal and skippy beats, though there’s also enough buzzy bass on hand to ensure it sounds contemporary at the same time. Soul Equation’s After Dark is one for the proper deep house floors c.4am with its parping keys, space-y synth washes and general blissed-out feel, Green Sequence’s Warmup Floor starts with ominous bass and chilling synths before dropping down into a surging, euphoric yet nonetheless laidback groove that’s got “Ibiza sundown” written all over it, and finally Aloidia from Ramorae is a more electronic, techy affair to start with, before coming with the kind of spastic, cut-up jazz grooves that Classic used to specialise in.

Secret Love is my personal fave but to be fair there’s not a duff cut in sight.

Out: Last week

About: Find Artefact Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Magic Floor – Nocturnal Ping Pong

May 21, 2015 in Singles

Magic Floor Nocturnal Ping Pong Different MuziqFrom very, very deep house/techno (Helly Larson, below) we move on to some bumpin’ instrumental garage grooves from French label Different Muziq.

Three mixes of Nocturnal Ping Pong to choose from. The original, with its uptempo, skippy beats and insistent organ parps, is reminiscent of early Tuff Jam. The Wumm Deeply Vision mix is a little more straight-up housey, while the Logan Dataspirit Mix takes a slightly more abstract, jazzy approach, but to be fair the three mixes are more similar than they are different, if you see what I mean, and floors that move to any one of them will move to the others too.

That said, the original mix does it best for me. Just.

Out: This week

About: You can find Different Muziq on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sebb Junior – Dance EP

April 24, 2015 in Singles

Sebb Junior Dance EP Old School DepartmentLastly for tonight we have this two-tracker from Switzerland’s Old School Department.

On the A, Dance itself is a contemporary-style, bass-heavy houser with a pronounced garage twist, not least in the female “hmmms” which, if not actually sampled from Risse’s 1989 classic Chain Of Fools, certainly sound like they are! On the flip, Trying is another bouncy house cut that similarly plays with sounds from days gone by – rave-y piano stabs, looped soulful male vocal cut-ups, etc – but trust me, the A’s the one here.

Out: This week

About: You can find Old School Department on Soundcloud and Facebook.