Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire – Dubtronics

March 22, 2015 in Singles

Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire Dubtronics  DubwiseA heavyweight team-up here courtesy of brand new Croatian label Dubwise Records, coming with an almost equally heavyweight remix line-up.

In its original form, Dubtronics is a sparse, stripped-back tech-house groove sporting a spoken male vocal (“when the visions come, they take me over… tonight I am alive”) and atmospherics a-gogo. Remix-wise Harold Heath takes top honours for me with a tuffer, more jackin’ 3am refix that makes great use of some very old skool sounds, but also on offer are a weirded-out and dubbier take from Tom Gillieron and a rub from label boss Funtom that looks to Kraftwerk and first-generation electro for inspiration.

Out: This week

About: Dubwise Records are part of the Deep Site label family and can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – The Very Best Of Bounce House Vol 2

December 22, 2014 in Albums

The Very Best Of Bounce House Vol 2From jackin’, percussive tech-house grooves courtesy of MadTech we move on to bumpin’ floor-friendly deep house shenanigans courtesy of Bounce House.

Now then… regular readers will know I’m a bit of a Bounce House fan generally, and with this being a ‘best of’, all the tracks here HAVE been out before. So I won’t wax too lyrical right now… suffice to say that if you like your deep house on the traditional side – warm, organic and funk-fuelled, as opposed to cool, clinical and Berlin-y – then if you aren’t already familiar with this fine ex-west coast, now Amsterdam-based imprint,this collection is your perfect opportunity to get acquainted.

Names like Al Bradley, Grant Dell and Rob Clarke, as well of course as label founders Short Bus Kids and the now-solo DK Watts, should be enough to tempt most knowledgeable deep house lovers, with Rob’s Whitney-sampling Sometimes a particular highlight. And on a personal note, it’s good to hear Blow & Hos again – that was the track that first alerted me to the genius of the Short Bus Kids nearly a whole decade ago, and it’s still sounding mighty fresh today!

Out: Now

About: Find Bounce House here, here and here.

Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire – Sufferers Exile EP

January 29, 2013 in Singles

Grant Dell & Jay Tripwire Sufferers Exile EP Murge Recordings

Just seeing those two names together on one release should be enough to get most deep house lovers salivating… thankfully, the results of their, ahem, ‘coupling’ don’t disappoint.

Kingdom Shall Fall is up first, a rather fine deep, bubblin’ dubwise affair. That’s followed by Baby X6, which is more yer heads-down 4am dancefloor chugger, before Back To The Streets brings the EP to a close, a raw-sounding, spoken-male-vocalled number that sounds like nothing so much as a vintage Madhouse cut.

And while the garage-y charms of the latter win out for me by a nose, like the UM Records release below, all three are impeccable. But then from this pair, what did you expect?

Out: This week

About: This comes on fledgling UK label Murge Recordings: this is only number 6 from them. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.