Robot Needs Oil – Little Jack

November 29, 2015 in Singles

Robot Needs Oil Little Jack Sonic Soul RecordsDon’t get me wrong, I like the three records I just told you about below a lot, or they wouldn’t be here. But this… we’re definitely ending on a high note tonight because this is a little slice of deep house heaven.

In its Original form, Little Jack is a deep, garage-y beauty with a strong jazz flava to its mournful trumpets, understated two-chord piano hook, floaty sax and distinctive near-scat “It’s just a little funky jive” vocal. As if that wasn’t enough, you then get a trio of remixes from what’s pretty much a TIWWD dream team line-up of Rishi K, Harold Heath and Tony S. Harold adds just a hint of disco/funk, Rishi beefs up the kicks a little and adds subtle M1 sounds as well as some frankly superb live piano licks, while Tony strips things back for the 3am floors.

Like I said: a little slice of deep house heaven. Go seek!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by US label Sonic Soul Records. It’s their seventh release and you can find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Pop Out And Play – Spray Crazy

August 30, 2015 in Singles

Pop Out And Play Spray Crazy EP Lucky Sun RecordingsFirst out on 2014 on the late lamented 5 And Dime, this deep house nugget from Simon Tappenden and Wil Russell, AKA Pop Out And Play, gets a re-release with new mixes courtesy of Tom Lown’s Lucky Sun Recordings.

The original’s quite a lively affair by deep house standards, with a shimmery, Balearic disco kinda feel, while Mr Lown’s own remix  is a deeper variation on the same theme. Harold Heath’s remix opens with old skool Chi-town drums and gradually works its way up into a deep, acid-tinged bubbler, but the standout for yours truly is Mark Slee’s Deep Feelings Dub – a warm, meandering slice of driftaway late-night deep house par excellence.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucky Sun Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

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.

O.O.R.S – Chords From The Underground EP

July 12, 2014 in Singles

O.O.R.S Chords From The Underground Beats Me MusicLast one for today, and we end on a deeper house note (or should that be chord?) with the latest from the ever-checkable Beats Me Music and equally reliable London producer O.O.R.S.

Saint Clement is up first, a fairly laidback (but still floor-friendly), jazz-tinged affair with some lovely looping, yearnsome female yeahs, brushed snares and filtered descending keyboard runs to die for. Rolled Gold keeps things nice n’ deep but is a few notches more upbeat, building on a simple bass n’ handclaps groove to something reminiscent the kind of deep, jazzy garage that was Nice N Ripe’s forte in their earliest days. Harold Heath does the remix honours on the latter, opting for more of a ‘deep space’ vibe, while finally Music Matter is the one to head for if you’re looking for something a little more strutty, topping its firin’ 4/4s with deranged acid squiggles, old skool Rhodes stabs and (presumably sampled?) disco vox.

Not picking a fave here, the whole EP’s a must-check for anyone who actually understands what the words ‘deep house’ really mean!

Out: This week

About: You can find Beats Me Music on Facebook.

Rishi K – Unity Gain EP/Smoke & Mirrors EP

June 2, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Smoke & Mirrors EP Deep Site RecordingsRishi K Unity Gain EP Ready Mix RecordsRishi K needs to stop making records! Not forever, you understand: it’s just that the San Francisco producer’s so gosh-darn prolific it’s a real struggle just to keep up with the lad…

Take last week, which saw not one but two EPs landing in stores. In the blue corner, we have the Unity Gain EP, coming on Ready Mix Records with its two tracks served up in a total of eight mixes, including one from label boss Big AL. With rubs of Unity Gain and Holes running the gamut from dubby to techy to discofied, it’s hard to imagine any deep house DJ not deriving satisfaction from this package. In the red corner, meanwhile, there’s the Smoke & Mirrors EP, brought to you by Croatia’s always on-point Deep Site Recordings and featuring remixes of the title cut by Harold Heath and Matt Prehn, with blissed-out, floataway vibes the general order of the day.

He’s good at this deep house lark is Rishi K. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop making records any time soon…

Out: Last week

About: Find Ready Mix Records here and Deep Site Recordings here.

City Soul Project – The Music, The Feeling

October 21, 2013 in Singles

City Soul Project The Music, The Feeling Deep8 RecordingsJust occasionally, I get sent a record that’s so up my street I almost suspect them of cheating. In this case it’s City Soul Project who are arousing my suspicions, because not only have they come up with a deep house jam that’s essentially an M1 organ plus a looped Kicking In The Beat sample, they’ve also got Harold Heath to supply a slightly deeper remix. How was TIWWD ever not gonna be digging that?

Just to throw me off the scent they’ve included some other mixes too: Patrick Podage ditches the organ in favour of a druggy, almost slo-mo vibe, Smak AKA Steve McCready opts for some old skool pianos (borderline cheating in itself) while Teenage Mutants serve up a bassy, throbby rub that’s perhaps the most in-tune with current broader trends. But I know what they’re up to.

Out: Today (though I think it might’ve been on Beatport last week)

About: This comes on Deep8 Recordings, who are based in that London. Find ’em here, here and here (FB, Soundcloud, web)

Terry Grant – Sound Principle EP

October 13, 2013 in Singles

Terry Grant Sound Principle EP Something DifferentNow officially two years old – so happy birthday to Jesus Pablo and co – Something Different explore slightly, er, different territory from usual on this two-track, four-mix EP from Terry Grant.

On the A, Life Without Principle is an epic floaty, Balearic thang driven by insistent shakers, lingering piano chords and occasional flutters of geetar, brought to a proper old-school climax by some hands-in-the-air ivories action, while the Kirby Remix is a slightly more full-on pass that tones down the White Isle-isms and adds squelchy rave bass and a long breakdown section. Over on the B, Sophie Loves Sound is another dreamy, drummy excursion sporting fat funk bass and some disembodied female laughter, while Harold Heath’s remix takes us into more traditional deep house pastures in a very late night kinda way.

A little less straight-up dancefloor bumpin’ than Something Different’s usual fare, then, but every bit as good.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Harold Heath & Tom Lown – Our Love EP

June 28, 2013 in Singles

Harold Heath & Tom Lown Our Love EP Savoir Faire MusiqueAfter all that techy bizniss yesterday, let’s get Friday started back inna deep house groove with this typically fine offering from Savoir Faire Musique.

Though jointly credited, its actually a split EP, with messrs Heath and Lown each contributing one track and then remixing the other’s. Heath’s original is Our Love, a chunky, chuggy number driven along by a nice fat squelchy bassline with lots of fluttering synths and FX on top; Tom Lown’s remix then takes us into dreamier, more late-night territory. Lown’s original contribution meanwhile is Sometimes, a blissed-out, dancing-as-the-sun rises kind of affair, to which Heath then adds some extra bottom-end crunch.

Featuring two heavyweights of the UK deep house scene, both on top form, this is a no-brainer really…

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Harold Heath – Lowrise Sunrise EP

June 4, 2013 in Singles

Harold Heath Lowrise Sunrise EP Savoir Faire MusiqueThe sun’s shining! Anyone would think it was summer. So, seeing as the TIWWD inbox also seems to be full of laidback, summery grooves right now, that’s what we’re gonna concentrate on today.

First up, this three-tracker from Harold Heath on Savoir Faire Musique. The title track starts out in bumpin’ deep/tech mode but gets more dreamy and proggy as it goes on. No Use Trying, my pick of the three tracks, has a similarly lazy, summery vibe about it, but augmented in this instance by heavily effected female vocal snips, while rounding out the EP is Dark Corners, which as the name suggests is just a wee bit techier, with a neat line in squelchy 303 bass.

There’s enough stylistic variation to keep things interesting, then, but all told this is an EP that’s got ‘summer’ written all over it.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Jon Donson & Buraq – Hang Around

May 21, 2013 in Singles

SFM51And from a label making their TIWWD debut (Digital Memory Music, below) we move on to a label who’ve featured on here many, many times – Scott Harrington’s Savoir Faire Musique.

There are three mixes of Hang Around on offer. The original ploughs an uncompromisingly deep and dubby house furrow, with cavernous, echoing production and just the briefest snatch of heavily treated, spoken vocal. Soul Minority’s remix uses more of the vocal and adds extra vocal elements to boot while opting for busier, more floor-friendly percussion, while Harold Heath keeps things nice n’ deep but with techier, more stuttery drums and a funkier throb to the b-line.

I’m liking all three, but despite the heavy-hitting remix line-up it’s actually the Original mix that stands out for me.

Out: This week

About:  Jon Donson & Buraq hail from Switzerland, while you can find Savoir Faire Musique, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.