Groove Riddim – Jerzeyy Cat Undaground Cutz EP

January 22, 2016 in Singles

Groove Riddim Jerzeyy Cat Undaground Cutz EP Gents & Dandy'sOne of Jerzeyy Boys goes solo as Groove Riddim here.

Y’know I was just on about the wonky, off-kilter Jersey garage Madhouse used to specialise in (see Brad Coleman review, below)? Well that wouldn’t be a bad point of reference for opener here Give It Up, either, what with its reversed synth/organ sounds, busy shuffling beats and heavily filtered male and female soulful vocal bites. Cat’s Theme, too, rides a twitchy, stuttering rhythm, albeit a much more stripped-back one this time, topping same with old-school cascading pianos, a hip-swaying b-line and female “New Jersey!” shouts. And finally Mind Is Free is a slightly smoother, mellower, organ-fuelled jam with driving 4/4s and spoken, self-help-y male vox.

The latter takes the gold for me, but fans of dat raw Jersey shit are strongly advised to check all three!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 5 Feb.

About: This is brought to you by the always reliable Gents & Dandy’s – find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

John Randle – Silk EP

November 7, 2015 in Singles

John Randle Silk EP Gents & Dandy'sAnd speaking of Belgium, Gents & Dandy’s – formerly of San Diego – appear to have moved there, if their Soundcloud page is to be believed. But what hasn’t changed is the sheer quality of the trad-style house/garage grooves they’re putting out.

Four tracks make up the Silk EP. The title track is all crisp, skippy beats, synth/organ sweeps, raw bass and cut-up fem vox. Lift Me could have beamed straight in from Newark (possibly via Rome, cos the Italians used to love this kinda tackle) circa 1991, Something About You is a tuffer, more driving affair with yet more killer NJ organs and a looping “something about you baby” female vocal, and finally Stand Up [VIP Mix] ends the EP on a proper bouncy, peaktime note, albeit we’re still in very traditional mode here too.

A record that’ll make the real garageheads very happy indeed.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Gents & Dandy’s here, here and here. Or in Antwerp, apparently.

**UPDATE 12/11: It turns out I’m an idiot. Bram at G&D got in touch to explain that the label’s always been based in Antwerp… it’s just that the address on mail-outs was that of their SF-based PR peeps. So now you know.

Harrison BDP – Transcend EP

October 25, 2015 in Singles

Harrison BDP Transcend EP Gents & Dandy'sA very fine three-tracker here from the always on-point Gents & Dandy’s.

Transcend itself is up first, an understated but still fairly energetic deep house groover built around sumptuous chords, muted kicks, warm bass and some pleasingly raw-sounding keys, atop all of which sits a poetry-style spoken female vocal. Groove Til Tha Grave is a superlative slice of stripped-back, bumpin’ deep Jersey-style garage, while completing the EP is the skippier Don’t Watch, which looks more to early UK garage for inspiration and which sports some killer organ work and cut-up fem vox.

Really strong stuff all round here, but if forced to pick a fave then Groove Til Tha Grave just nudges it for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Shatz & Matthieu – Jaffo Chill EP

September 25, 2015 in Singles

Shatz & Matthieu Jaffo Chill EP Gents & Dandy'sAnother three-tracker here from another label who (like Something Different, below) can pretty much be considered TIWWD regulars – California’s Gents & Dandy’s.

Jaffo Chill itself is up first, quite a lively affair by deep house standards with garage-y chords (something of a theme tonight), wailing diva vox, and soaring, sax-y synths Joey Negro himself could be proud of. What She Said is an even pacier number with very old school-sounding stabs and snatches of both spoken and sung female vocal, while finally Back In The Daze somehow manages to be lazy and dreamy, yet nice n’ chunky at the same time, and has some killer piano licks that’ll have ravers of a certain age beaming from ear to ear.

Not picking a fave here, this is wicked stuff all round!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 9 October

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Oh, and Shatz & Matthieu, in case you were wondering, hail from Israel and Hamburg, though I’m not sure which way round.

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.

Raw Vision – Friday Night Out EP

June 13, 2015 in Singles

Raw Vision Friday Night Out EP Gents & Dandy'sTypically fine deep grooves from Gents & Dandy’s here.

Dutch producer Raw Vision serves up three original tracks. Friday Night Groove is up first, a disco/boogie-leaning deep houser with sparkly Negro-esque synths and, later, some Randy Muller-esque brass stabs. All Night Long rides slightly tuffer kicks but otherwise operates in similarly deep, spangled disco territory, coming topped with a woman’s voice whispering the title, while competing the EP is Anabell Is Crying, a more stripped-down houser built for small-hours play.

All good, but Friday Night Groove is the killer.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

The Verticals – Stuggy Vibes EP

May 10, 2015 in Singles

The Verticals Stuggy Vibes EP Gents & Dandy'sThree nice chunky deep house grooves on this new EP from Gents & Dandy’s.

Dance The Underground is up first, quite a lively cut with an old school Chi-town bassline, garage-y keys and, as some of you may have already guessed, large chunks of a certain Celeda classic by way of a vocal. Love So Deep maintains the pace but is nonetheless a more late-night, driftaway kind of thang with lush chords/pads and looping vocal cut-ups, while finally I’m Fine is a more atmospheric affair with a “you’re fine” male vocal.

All good, but Dance The Underground takes top honours for me.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 18 May

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – The Dandy Selected Remixes Vol 2

April 27, 2015 in Singles

The Dandy Selected Remixes Vol 2 Gents And Dandy'sIn which some of Gents & Dandy’s finest moments to date get the remix treatment. But you probably guessed that.

John Randle’s take on Jerzeyy Boyz’ Garden State is up first, which as the name suggests is classic-style garage pure and simple… and classic-style garage of the highest order, I might add, what with its impassioned, raw-sounding female vocal, skippy beats and nagging, parping organs. Randle’s own The Real Thing then gets reworked by DomSamba, the result being a smooth-but-not-too-smooth ride that’ll please deep house and garage lovers alike. Completing the EP is the Lockwood Remix of Yagiz Bayrak’s Hard To Explain, a more contemplative, late-night deep house gem with warm, muted kicks, lingering piano notes and female vocal fragments.

Excellent work as ever from the Cali crew, and definitely one to check!

Out: This week on general release

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jerzeyy Boyz – 430 Broadstreet EP

January 25, 2015 in Singles

Jerzeyy Boyz 430 Broadstreet EP Gents & Dandy'sOkay, so far tonight it’s all been a bit shirts-off-in-the-strobes… not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, but let’s take a left turn now into garage territory with this absolutely KILLER slab from Gents & Dandy’s. Not sure whether the Jerzeyy Boyz are actually from NJ themselves but they certainly wear their allegiance to the music of the Garden State pretty clearly on their sleeves, given their name and the fact the two tracks are called Welcome To Jerzeyy and, er, Garden State!

Four mixes of Welcome To Jerzeyy to choose from. The original pulls off that classic Jersey trick of lush, sumptuous leads/melodies and sweet fem vox underpinned by the rawest of kicks to devastating effect, the Way Back Remix is a slightly spacier, later-night variation on the same theme, while Snazzy Trax’s rub has a sparser, more UK-ish feel. But while all three are great, cheesy old speed garage/bassline house quaver that I am, the one I keep coming back to the most is UK scene veteran Jeremy Sylvester’s remix, which you can safely put in the bag marked ‘M1 monsters’!

The militantly stripped n’ raw Welcome To Jerzeyy, which to these ears recalls classic Serious Grooves tackle from the mid-90s, completes what’s pretty much an unmissable package for the proper garage lovers.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their brand spanking new website

John Randle – Lift Him Up EP

November 8, 2014 in Singles

John Randle Lift Him Up EP Gents & Dandy'sRight then, it’s Saturday night so gonna keep things on an uplifting Saturday night house music tip tonight, starting with this four-track from UK producer John Randle for US label Gents & Dandy’s. Regular readers will know that G&D with its trad-oriented take on house has become something of a TIWWD fave label over the past year or so, and this latest doesn’t disappoint.

12 O’Clock Groove is a ruff n’ raw-sounding affair whose tuff beats don’t distract from the track’s essentially garage-y nature with its organ chords and chopped-up female vocal. Lift Him Up looks to the deeper, smoother side of New Jersey garage for inspiration, Some Of You Right Now treads a similar path to 12 O’Clock Groove but with gnarlier bass and looping preacherman vox, and finally This Time is the most trad garage-y of all and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on 8 Ball or Madhouse (Mk 1) back in the day.

Sterling stuff as ever from Gents & Dandy’s, and an EP that will delight the older heads.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud and Facebook.