Harlem Knights ft Rebound – Funky Sashay EP

April 10, 2015 in Singles

Harlem Knights Funky Sashay EP Something DifferentThe clue’s in the title with this EP from Harlem Knights, AKA Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour (of Ready Mix Records fame) and Levente Szabo.

In its Original form, Funky Sashay itself rocks a big ass-shakin’ disco bassline straight outta the late 90s, stabby chords, handclaps, atmospheric synth washes and Magic Carpet Ride-ish vocal snips. Lukas Greenberg’s remix is deeper, slinkier and sleazier, while bonus cut Smoke is a more heads-down deep house jam that nods to both UKG and dub.

To these ears, Greenberg’s rub just leads what is a very fine pack.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Something Different, who you can find here and here. And seeing as I had it open anyway, here’s Harlem Knights’ own Soundcloud page, too.

Various – Something For Miami Vol 2

March 15, 2015 in Singles

Something For Miami Vol 2 Something DfiferentMust admit I’m getting a bit confused with the sheer amount of Miami samplers/EPs/albums coming from the Something Different camp this year! This is the second in a three-EP series from Something Different itself, and there’s also a Different Attitudes For Miami collection as well as two volumes of Attitudes Remixed For Miami (also on Different Attitudes), and who’s to say that Something Else and Something Different Again won’t be getting in on the act too?! You definitely can’t accuse the Bootle crew of resting on their laurels…

Anyway, right now we’re talking about this EP, which has eight tracks from as many different arists. As such, a range of house styles are represented, from Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s dark n’ techy A Night At The Club House to the contemporary ‘big room deep’ of Mastercris’s Poseidon, so I’d strongly recommend you check this EP for yourself. But when you do, I’d also humbly suggest that Justin Harris’s jazzy, disco-tinged Change The Game, Harlem Knights’ understated roller Deep Sea and Smok’s laidback, organ- and sax-flecked Southern Side would be good places to start…

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Klartraum – Secret Moon Remixed

November 16, 2013 in Albums

Klartraum Secret Moon Remixed LucidflowLucidflow is undoubtedly one of my favourite labels right now… but if you’ve yet to discover the delights the German imprint has to offer then this album’s the perfect opportunity to do so, as label owners Klartraum (Nadja Lind and Helmut Erbritsch) get remixed by a Pretty Bloody Stunning array of underground talent.

Ian Pooley, Saytek, Big AL, Harlem Knights, Mirza-Zadeh, David Alvarado, Vince Watson, G-Pal, The Messenger, Riccicomoto and Alexi Delano – all names that should be familiar to regular TIWWD readers – are among those doing the honours on the 19 remixes of nine original tracks served up here. Between them, they stir dubby techno, deep, groovy house and the odd excursion into minimal/ambient pastures into as fine a 2 hours and 15 minutes of music as you’re going to hear this week. This month. Possibly even this year. Corrie’s wonked-out afterhours remix of Sell Your Soul deserves a mention cos it had yours truly bouncing around the living room on my own like a loon last night… Harlem Knights’ rub of Universe is pretty special, too… but frankly the whole album really is quite STUPIDLY good.

So buy it.

Out: This week

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

Harlem Knights – Melange De Deep

May 19, 2013 in Albums

Harlem Knights Melange De Deep Ready Mix RecordsI do like to mix it up a bit here at TIWWD, so after two very fine compilations with ‘deep’ in the title… here’s an artist album with ‘deep’ in the title. Crazy, eh? But now you see, here’s a thing. Yours truly spent most of this weekend on motorways, with Mrs TIWWD and three CDs for company. And we listened to the DeepWit comp, and it was great… and we listened to the Deep Edition comp, and that was great too… and frankly I stuck this in thinking, it’s gonna be hard for the debut album from single artist to compete, really.

But I needn’t have worried. This might be the first full-length from Adel ‘Big AL’ Ghandour and Levente Szabo (AKA Harlem Knights), but between them they have quite an extensive track record, and it shows. Funk-fuelled deep house vibes are the general order of the day, with garage-y vocal snips and phat-ass basslines aplenty. On The 16th Street [Original European Mix] provides the solitary excursion into more downtempo pastures; otherwise, it’s time to get on the dancefloor and set booties to ‘shake’.

She Said is a particular highlight with its deep male spoken vox and dubby feel, but really there’s not a duff cut in sight – making this the THIRD very fine deep house long-player to grace this blog tonight.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 29 May.

About: This comes to you courtesy of Canada’s Ready Mix Records, who you can find on Soundcloud or on Facebook.